Study Abroad Programs
Life-changing. Eye-opening. Awe-inspiring. Students everywhere are talking about their study abroad experiences.
Every year, more high school and college students are heading overseas to pursue both academic and personal interests. Discover some programs and resources that can help you join them!
Why Study Abroad?
Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all programs. With so many university and private-organization led options to choose from, students are able to select tracks that suit both their schedules (semester, yearlong, or off-session) and individual passions (language-intensive, pre-med, engineering… the possibilities are endless!). In addition, many programs offer a healthy balance of academics to extracurricular experiences – internships, service-learning components, and group projects.
Concerned about the cost? For students studying at their university’s counterpart overseas, the cost of tuition abroad is often the same as at home, sometimes with an additional one-time administrative fee. Multiple grants and scholarships are available, and university counselors are invaluable resources for locating financial aid.
A pivotal opportunity for any college student, study abroad strengthens personal attributes, language skills, and career prospects like nothing else can – making for a genuinely unforgettable experience.
Study Shows that Studying Abroad Has a Direct Impact on Skills Needed for Career Success
IIE demonstrates in this new report a strong link between international educational experience and significant gains in 11 of 15 critical 21st century workplace skills.
Returning study abroad students report the joy of leaving their “comfort zone” or coming out of their “shell” while exploring unknown territory among new peers. They build confidence and bolster their social skills while becoming more open to different cultures and ways of life as cultural ambassadors. Friends who meet while studying abroad also share a special and lasting bond.
Nothing comes close to the total immersion of living on a daily basis in a foreign country, surrounded by the culture and media of the language a student is learning. When language becomes a main focus throughout the day, intensive programs are able to condense instruction that usually spans many weeks into a single semester, promoting fluency much faster than possible at a home campus.
Graduates with study abroad experience are stronger job candidates, possessing the skills employers are seeking in our global market where team-building and international cooperation are key.
Additional Information and Myth-Busting
- What students say they’ve gained from studying abroad – Northeastern University
- 6 stats that will make you think differently about study abroad – AFS-USA
- Statistics to Overturn Every Fear About Studying Abroad – GoAbroad.com
- Studying Abroad as an Online Student – Maryville University
- Generation Study Abroad, an initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to double the number of students studying abroad by the end of the decade.
Study and Intern Abroad Programs
Interested in studying abroad? The first step is to meet with an advisor at your university. In addition, you can check out:
See also the Choose Your Language pages for programs and opportunities specific to your language.