Why Study Abroad?
Studying, interning, or doing research abroad is a life changing experience. It opens your eyes to new cultures, ways of life, and how to adapt. Travel abroad also attunes you to different perspectives while promoting tolerance and understanding that will complement your education at Wooster. An experience abroad truly enhances your degree by exposing you to diverse academic resources and give you the opportunity to develop cultural competencies that are increasingly relevant in a changing world.
When deciding to study abroad, think about what academic, professional and personal goals you have for your experience. Keep these in mind to help you narrow down your program choices to find the best fit for you.
No matter what your major or area of interest, studying abroad has enormous academic benefits:
- Gain critical thinking skills through exposure to different cultures and perspectives.
- Create and foster a strong interest in life-long learning.
- Develop foreign language skills.
- Study topics not offered at Wooster.
- Experience new ways of teaching and learning.
- Broaden your understanding of the world.
The professional benefits of study abroad are vast, and last long after returning from abroad. In fact, many employers are specifically looking for the very skills that you will gain during your study abroad experience. You will gain:
- The ability to communicate across cultures
- The ability to problem-solve in unfamiliar situations
- Culturally intelligent listening and communication skills
- The opportunity to discover alternative career paths
- The ability to view situations from unique perspectives
- An appreciation of difference
Data shows that studying abroad will increase your job prospects and earning potential:
- 90% of study abroad students found their first job within 6 months of graduation
- 89% of those continuing to graduate school earned admission into their first or second choice school
- Study abroad students on average earn $6,000 more in starting salaries compared to non-study abroad students
- International internships are an excellent discussion topic for your job interviews
You’ll hear many returnee students say that study abroad changed their lives. Here are a few examples of how study abroad can benefit you:
- Travel to new places and make friends from around the world
- Become more independent, self-reliant, and confident
- Learn more about yourself and who you want to be
- Learn how to adapt effectively in culturally diverse environments
- Try new foods and have unique experiences