Millions of people around the world have a strong sense of wanderlust or a desire to travel. College students are given the unique opportunity to travel for a discounted cost and obtain an education through programs offered by their University. Studying abroad allows students to further pursue their academic goals while broadening their life experiences through other cultures. Although studying abroad can still be expensive, especially with the rising cost of college education, there are numerous benefits to consider.
Learning and Mastering a Different Language
Many programs offer courses that enable students to enrich their knowledge of the cultural and historical aspects of their selected country. This often includes rudimentary language courses that can count towards the foreign language requirement. While studying abroad, students can practice the language they are studying in the classroom and gain a broader knowledge of the colloquial language used by local citizens. With these advantages, students can quickly master a new language while studying abroad.
Making connections and networking around the globe can increase the chances for students to obtain a job after graduation. Numerous abroad programs offer optional (sometimes required) internships in certain fields. The most popular types offered in Europe and Asia relate to business or scientific field research. Internships are highly competitive, especially in the US. If a student applies for a program that offers one, they have a greater chance of being chosen, especially if it is a requirement. Either way, studying abroad is a great opportunity to enhance your resume and stand out from other applicants.
Gain Knowledge of New Cultures and Perspectives
The traditions and mannerisms that are prevalent in the United States are far different from other countries. However, living in a different country for weeks and/or months gives students a chance to immerse themselves in the local cuisine, visit historical monuments, and opens them to vastly new experiences.
In accordance with the program application, students can also apply for scholarships and financial aid to help cover costs. It is an experience that every student should take advantage of if they are able to. Not only is it educationally beneficial, but the memories made will also last a lifetime. Visit your school’s website to see programs offered through your university and gain more detailed information.
For UC students, visit the UCEAP website to begin your search.