Studying abroad for a semester or more used to be a rarity. In the last ten years, however, American students’ participation in study abroad has increased greatly as we have come to realize that we must prepare our young people to assume a role in a world different from the one in which we grew up.
The world suddenly seems smaller and tightly interconnected and our students will be expected to function as professionals in the new global economy. A study abroad experience transforms our students in every way: intellectually, personally, and professionally. Academic studies pursued in another country provide a special kind of intellectual challenge. Leaving home and venturing forth to another country empower a young person and trigger a spurt of personal growth and self confidence. A study abroad experience can also greatly strengthen the resume, for employers interpret the study abroad experience as a sure sign that a person takes on challenges and can function in a wide range of situations.
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