Students are introduced to new experiences, meet new people and access materials that aren’t available on campus. On a program led by business faculty member, students visit corporations, meet with industry leaders and engage in design projects. A fine arts class may be primarily conducted in museums, archives or backstage at a national theater.
Numerous studies demonstrate that study abroad participants have higher graduation rates and better placement into graduate school and the job market. Students interning with an overseas organization distinguish themselves; just 1% of the U.S. university population has this experience at the time of graduation.
Traveling as a student comes with different expectations than tourism. Students become immersed in their surroundings, learn new languages, the local history and politics of a region and its people’s values, beliefs and cultures. Exposure to all these areas means students develop intercultural competency: the ability to communicate with people of other cultures.
Returning students demonstrate an increased ability to articulate their experiences. They learn what it takes to show empathy and compassion for others. Students learn to work independently and gain resilience through the process of cultural adaptation. Our students learn what it means to be a global citizen and a global leader.