“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  . . . . Mark Twain

Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad

For the Students

  1. See the world and broaden your experience
  2. Build language and cross-cultural skills
  3. Understand your major in a new way
  4. Gain a global outlook
  5. Expand your network and make new friends
  6. Enhance your resume
  7. Reflect on your home culture
  8. Become a full time learner
  9. Find out how similar and different you are from others
  10. Become an ambassador to teach others about the world

Top Reasons to Study Abroad 

For the Parents

  • They will have to manage money, coursework, and time more effectively than they’ve ever had to before, and often in a busy environment. This can lead to dramatic improvement in these skills when back home.

  • They will create a whole new social network in the new country — something that requires great communication skills in general, not to mention in a foreign language. Strong communication skills are essential in most jobs, so having them makes people that much more employable.

  • Managing culture shock demands patience, tolerance, a sense of humor, and the ability to press on despite failure. All of these make for a more mature, more confident post-study abroad individual. These traits will be evident in their dealings with other people, especially potential employers and colleagues.

  • Relations between the U.S. and all other countries of the world rely on knowledgeable people who can speak from the perspective of having lived abroad. Prejudice and ignorance are some of the biggest problems standing in the way of a better understanding between two countries’ peoples, and you will be a force for breaking down this barrier.

Here is some information from the U.S. Department of State for parents of students studying abroad.