Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad to build skills and knowledge, prepare to solve the world’s toughest challenges, and compete in the 21st century workforce.

As a future global leader, you need to feel at home in a fast-changing world.  By studying abroad, you will experience new perspectives, learn how to navigate different cultures, work with diverse peers, and communicate in other languages.  Whether you are a future innovator, entrepreneur, engineer, scientist, doctor, journalist, teacher or diplomat, these are the skills that will prepare you to solve the world’s toughest challenges, make you more competitive in the job market, and transform you into a responsible, engaged citizen.

An international experience should be part of your education, whatever your goals, socioeconomic status, or field of study.  Every year, more than 300,000 American students study, intern, or volunteer abroad for academic credit on programs ranging from two weeks to a full academic year. International educational experiences that you undertake with thoughtfulness and purpose are valuable, regardless of duration or format.

This site will not only help you discover study abroad opportunities offered by the U.S. government, but will also help you discover programs offered by foreign governments around the world.  View student videos on this website to learn from study abroad alumni why the experience was important to their education and hear how many of them overcame academic, financial, or personal challenges to realize their goal of studying abroad.  After reviewing this site, talk to your study abroad adviser, faculty and other students – including international students on your campus – to learn about your options.  The world is yours to discover.  Take the first step today.