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Study Abroad

Value of Study Abroad

"Overwhelming numbers of graduates who have studied abroad agree that the experience enhanced their interest in academic work, helped them acquire important career "skill sets", and continued for decades to influence their perspectives on world events"  (Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program, 2005)
Study abroad can be a powerful education tool. Research shows these experiences continue to impact students' lives for years. Just as international students in the United States will some day be in positions of world leadership, so will U.S. domestic students. Maricopa College's study abroad programs prepare American students to be confident communicators with people from other cultures in other countries and continue to serve as goodwill ambassadors.
Have you considered studying abroad, but are not sure whether it's worth your time? If you ask anybody who has studied abroad, he or she will most certainly tell you that it is a life-changing experience and one of the most rewarding things he or she has ever done. Perhaps you're not certain what benefits you can reap from an extended stay in a foreign country. The link above provides Top 10 Reasons for U.S. Students to Study in a Foreign Country and gives very excellent reasons why you should take the plunge!
Study Abroad:
  • Is the Optimal Way To Learn A Language
  • Enhances Employment Opportunities
  • Allows You To Get To Know Another Culture First-Hand
  • Will Help You Develop Skills And Give You Experiences A Classroom Setting Will Never Provide
  • Can Enhance The Value of Your Degree
  • Provides The Opportunity To Travel
  • Affords You The Opportunity To Make Friends Around The World
  • Helps You To Learn About Yourself
  • Expands Your Worldview
  • Gives You The Opportunity To Beak Out Of Your Academic Routine

Source:  Vistawide World Languages & Cultures - Why Study Abroad?​