Importance of Studying Abroad

Last updated: May 31, 2021

**Importance of studying abroad**

Studying abroad is one of the most useful experiences a student may ever have. According to Giedt, Gokcek and Ghosh (2015), recent research validates the high value that study abroad has traditionally enjoyed, such as intercultural learning and global awareness, foreign language acquisition, disciplinary learning, and other positive long-term impacts.

**Improve language skills.**

By studying abroad, students are better exposed to conversational language in a real world setting. An experience of this nature develops language skills which have a positive impact on your career, as well. Fluency in a second language is often helpful (if not required) when working at organizations with a multinational or global presence.

**Qualified for a Competitive** **World**

One of the positive benefits often attributed to participation in study abroad is the importance employers place on it during the recruiting and hiring process for college seniors. It seems obvious that having an international experience would benefit students moving to globally competitive organizations (Steglitz & Gross, 2009).

**Cultural Awareness**

Perhaps the greatest asset of study abroad is the ability one develops to recognize and accept differences in the dimensions of other cultures, as well as to look upon one's own country and objectively realize its culture shock shortcomings. An experience of this nature is one which can truly promote in creating more rounded and experienced characters (Miller, 1993) .

**Career Opportunities**

Moreover, a study abroad program provides the necessary learning tools in today's world and is on the cutting edge of expanding career possibilities. Such a program can be used to build a foundation that establishes a framework of invaluable knowledge and skills. The oversees education programs also build character. Study abroad students stand out and have highly polished interpersonal techniques (Miller, 1993)


Giedt, T., Gokcek, G., Ghosh, J. (2015). International education in the 21st century: The importance of faculty in developing study abroad research opportunities. _The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad,_ XXVI, 167-186

Miller, J. (1993). Culture Shock: A Student's Perspective of Study Abroad and the Importance of Promoting Study Abroad Programs. Annual Intercultural and International Communication Conference.

Steglitz, I., Gross, L. (2009). Translating study abroad experiences for workplace competencies. Peer Review, 19-22.

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