As a college student, you have the opportunity to travel and learn about the world, and this is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. While some students limit their overseas adventures to short trips around the country, others make it a key element of their education by completing an international program. These programs provide access to different cultures and expand your knowledge of the world, both academically and professionally.
There are many benefits to studying abroad, from gaining an international perspective on your major, to building global awareness and acceptance for other countries and their people. Additionally, studying overseas teaches skills such as independence and adaptability which are highly desirable to employers.
Studying abroad is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, and you can do so in a safe environment where you know you are supported by a local staff. In addition, you will learn more about your host culture and experience daily life as a member of the community. In addition, you may be able to visit nearby cities and explore the countryside during your time off from school.
One of the most common reasons for students to choose a study abroad program is to improve their language skills. By immersing yourself in a foreign language, you can improve your ability to speak, read and write in it. Furthermore, the ability to communicate with native speakers can open many professional opportunities in your future career.
In addition to improving your language skills, you can also gain a broader understanding of the culture and history of your host country. Visiting museums, historic sites, and monuments will help you understand the culture of the area and the people who live there. Additionally, interacting with the local population will give you insight into their values and beliefs.
The biggest benefit of international programs is the chance to see parts of the world that would be difficult or impossible to reach without such a program. Whether you visit a city or country that you have always wanted to go to, or another part of the world that you have never before seen, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be unforgettable.
The MU Office of International Programs (OIP) leads and coordinates Washburn University’s efforts to promote global competence among students, faculty, and staff through international education programs, including International Center services, Study Abroad, and Intensive English. OIP is committed to the vision, mission, and core values of MU. To find out more about our work, see our 2023 publication, International Accents.