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Why Study Abroad?

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta

Southeast encourages students from all majors and interests to study abroad. Students who study abroad gain experience and develop skills which are crucial in becoming a global citizen and adapting to today’s interconnected world. Whether you take a two- or three-week short study tour or a semester or year abroad, you will have the opportunity to learn cross cultural communication and, as many of your peers have said, have a “life-altering experience.” 

The experience of studying in another country can provide you:

“One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

"At worst, it can have relatively little impact on some students' educational careers. And at best it enhances the progress toward degree. It enhances the quality of learning as reflected in things like GPA." - Don Rubin, professor emeritus of speech communication and language education at the University of Georgia and research director for GLOSSARI — the Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative.

“Cultural experiences from living abroad have wide-reaching benefits on students’ creativity, including the facilitation of complex cognitive processes that promote creative thinking,” according to research published in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology.

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou


Moreover, nearly three in four employers cited study abroad as important when evaluating the resume of a job candidate for a junior-level position, according to Gobal HR News.

But if you need more information on how this will help you in your career, here are some of the findings from another study ( where your can see how studying abroad has positively impacted students’ career opportunities.

97% Percentage of alumni who secured a job within one year after graduation, compared to only 49% of respondents in the general college graduate population.
84% Percentage of alumni who felt that studying abroad helped them build valuable job skills, such as language proficiency, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, and communication.
89% Percentage of alumni who got their first job within 6 months of graduation, with almost half securing the job while still in school.



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