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Why Study Abroad?

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Parents sometimes ask why students should study abroad. What is the benefit? There are countless reasons to study abroad and recent research suggests that studying abroad is also beneficial for one’s brain, career, and life! A study abroad experience can be incorporated as an international element to your student’s cover letter/resume, enhance his or her communication skills, and is an opportunity to learn about and from various cultures.

Study abroad creates global citizens who appreciate the world we inhabit and how our respect of others views informs our own views and the world we create. It requires flexibility and the ability to think on your feet. In today’s global market, students must do everything they can to make themselves more marketable. Study abroad is one resume item that stands out because it demonstrates that your student has initiative, is open to ambiguity, and is willing to take risks and step into the unknown. Upon return, your student will have gained self-confidence, knowledge, and independence.