Fully immerse yourself in a new country for a period ranging from a summer to a full academic year. Your college years are a great time to give yourself this opportunity before graduation and the beginning of your professional career.
Exposure to new cultures, languages and ideas offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine your own beliefs and identity. Engage with and adapt to place that will become a new home for you. No study abroad experience comes without challenges, but you will overcome these to bring back new confidence, flexiblity, and ability to embrace change.
Follow in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton with physics courses at Cambridge. Trace the rise of Peter the Great in Russia’s “Crown Jewel” St. Petersburg. Study global health and development policy in Geneva, or examine health and human rights in New Dehli. Immerse yourself in the ecology and conservation of Madagascar. Master Mandarin in Kunming. Language, art, religion, politics, social issues, government and history come alive when the world is your classroom.
Challenge your assumptions. Reconsider what’s “normal” and notice what you take for granted---from how to greet a stranger to how a country is governed. Practice what it means to live in a global and interconnected world. Meet people from backgrounds entirely different than your own. Memories and friendships forged abroad can last a lifetime.
Be distinctive.Graduate/professional schools, businesses, government agencies and NGOs are all seeking candidates with international experience and cross-cultural communication skills. The experiences you gain abroad will give you an edge in graduate school, your career, and your life.