Benefits of Study Abroad
Studying abroad can be one of the highlights of your student’s career at WKU. Wonderful and challenging experiences await students as they travel across the globe for an internship, service-learning project, or academic program. As a parent, you may be asking yourself, why should my student invest in a study abroad experience? Being aware of the benefits of study abroad may help you understand your student’s decision and assist you before, during, and after the experience.
International education programs provide the opportunity for students to extend their learning beyond the borders of the WKU campus, make global connections, and build skills which are valuable to future employers. Students who study abroad often return with a greater awareness of the world and global issues, a better understanding of their own culture, increased interpersonal, cross-cultural and leadership skills, and improved self-confidence—all skills that will serve them well in their future.
By taking the opportunity to study abroad, students are exhibiting initiative and eagerness for a challenging personal and academic experience. There are a number of academic benefits your student can gain from a short or long-term program abroad! Evidence shows that students who study abroad are more likely to graduate from college, have a higher GPA, and report that they learned more in comparison to other students. In addition, students are likely to gain a deeper, more global perspective of course content and develop skills including adaptability, effective communication with diverse groups of people, and foreign language skills.
Study abroad often includes an experiential, hands-on learning component which allows students to gain real life experience in their coursework or field of interest, experience which is very valuable to employers. Research has shown that those who have studied abroad are more likely to get hired sooner and have a higher starting salary than those who did not. As graduates compete for jobs in this global economy, studying abroad is something that can set your student apart!
Want to learn more? Check out the articles below for additional reasons why your student should consider study abroad.
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