I have long argued the benefits of study abroad for college students. Looking back, I wish I had engaged in time overseas to study. When I was in college, I remember few of my fellow students going overseas. That may be surprising considering I went to American University in DC: a university that was in 2010 ranked 5th nationally with nearly 60% of it’s students going abroad.
I’m proud that my own son engaged in study abroad while at the University of Maryland, taking a seminar to study in Istanbul. He is now serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia. My daughter just started her first year at Towson University and is already talking about studying overseas, likely in Korea (she is Korean).
I would argue that a study abroad experience not only improves global competency, but enhances all professional pathways be they international or domestic.
The benefits of studying abroad can now be demonstrated beyond anecdotal evidence. This IIE study looks at the link between studying abroad and career success. If you want to be successful in your work, study abroad in college.
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