Why study abroad? Well to put it simply- it’ll change your life! If that isn’t a good enough reason, there are also personal, academic, and career benefits of studying abroad. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in something new.
If you are considering studying abroad and need a little nudging, here are compelling reasons why you should!
- See The World
Probably the most obvious reason to study abroad is to see the world and visit countries that you probably would not get to see otherwise. A new country brings unique culture and perspective. Also, while studying abroad you may have the opportunity to visit surrounding countries and cities!
- Global Awareness
You can only learn so much about another culture by watching documentaries. Learning how to very things from other perspectives is critical to succeeding in the real world. If you really want to thrive in life, learning how to view things from another’s perspective is imperative. We live in a globalized world, where our neighbors aren’t just the people living next door. There is a growing interdependence of the world’s economies, cultures, and populations, brought about by cross-border trade in goods and services, technology, and flows of investment, people, and information.
- Immerse Yourself
When you study abroad you will find the opportunity to immerse yourself in new languages and cultures, incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.
- Meaningful Connections
You earn a lot about another culture by living in abroad, and you have the chance to make lifelong connections. Sharing stories and ideas with people from different cultures will help you understand their values, and may even help you figure out your own.
New studies revealed that study abroad participants graduate at higher rates than their non-abroad peers, with the likelihood of graduating in four years increasing by 20 percent at multiple universities, versus no study abroad participants.
- Future Opportunities
When you finish your study abroad program, you will return with a new perspective on adaptability, culture, language skills, education, and a willingness to learn. All of these are very attractive to both future employers and on graduate school applications. Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there in the future, so the networking opportunities made in your study abroad countries are worth it!
YES to all of this! A disability doesn’t have to stop you from studying abroad. It may take a little extra planning, but it is so worth it!