Study abroad opens your window to the world, broadening your horizon and exposing you to new and diverse viewpoints. As you leave the comfort zone of home to embrace a foreign culture, you will gain a fresh perspective of yourself and the world you live in, and return with a mind open to new ways of thinking and new depths of understanding.
You can earn college credit while experiencing other cultures and languages. Study abroad is a great way to enrich your summer, have a life-changing experience, and improve your language skills while advancing toward your college degree.
Future employers will value your international experience. Employers today actively seek out graduates with a resumé that includes study abroad, because they value employees with an international knowledge base as well as foreign language skills. It is particularly important if you are considering a career in business, international relations, or government service.
Study abroad programs promote global citizenship. International education experiences will deepen your understanding of global affairs, and help you feel more connected to the larger world. You will be more inclined to make decisions from a global perspective. Students who leave the country to immerse themselves in an international education experience return transformed, and often moved to play an important role in building a better world.
Benefits of Study Abroad
Study abroad programs are an integral part of educating globally competent individuals who value and respect cultural differences. Students who participate in MCCCD’s short term study abroad programs (1 to 4 weeks) consistently count their international experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of their college careers. Study abroad programs provide students with the opportunity to:
- Improve foreign language skills
- Strengthen global awareness
- Develop intercultural competencies that enhance employment opportunities
- Increase abilities in learning, problem solving and coping with change
- Strengthen understanding of the political, cultural, and economic context of other cultures
- Gain international work/service experience
- Enhance academic learning
- Increase self-confidence and self-awareness
Study abroad programs are fun! You'll get to visit beautiful places, meet new and interesting people, see amazing sights, experience personal growth, think outside the box, stretch yourself a little, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Try it! You'll never be the same.