Why should parents encourage study abroad?
There are lots of good reasons to encourage your son or
daughter to study abroad. Here are five:
1. Study abroad is a life-altering experience
You probably often hear that study abroad is a life-changing
experience. But why take our word for it? Our student blog has a number of stories that outline the
incredible transformation that students go through while abroad. Studying and
living in a different culture helps students to see the world from a completely
different perspective. It's an amazing experience that changes lives. Not only
do students learn about other cultures; they learn how to view their own
culture from a different perspective. It’s also an opportunity for personal
growth and development.
While studying abroad, students have new opportunities to
form bonds with people around the world. The friendships and professional
relationships formed with others while studying abroad can last forever.
and Career Development
Students have the opportunity to not only learn while
studying abroad, but to later apply what they’ve learned in the work force. In
today’s competitive job markets, studying abroad helps students stand out from
other applicants. 59% of employers recently surveyed states that they value a
study abroad experience in job candidates.
Over 80% of students that have participated in an internship
overseas believe that it allowed them to acquire essential skill sets for their
intended career path, including, but not limited to, cross-cultural
competency. This is something that
employers are looking for in new hires and 50% of returning study abroad
students believe that their overseas experience helped them land their first
Additionally, more than half of students that study abroad
state that their experience overseas had a notable or significant impact on
their career plans.
As mentioned above, students experience tremendous personal
growth during their study abroad experience which translates into newly
acquired skills that will assist them in their job search and make them stand
out head and shoulders above their competition.
UAlbany offers many study abroad options that include an
internship experience. These
opportunities to combine an international experience with a work experience
making students’ resumes even stronger!
students, all credits successfully completed overseas will count towards their
degree. Courses can be approved for
inclusion in a student’s major or minor, and general education credits can be
earned with prior approval.
One of the most incredible educational benefits of studying
abroad is the ability to gain fluency in a foreign language. The only way to
truly become fluent in a language is to be immersed in the language. If your
son or daughter studied a language for several years, and hopes to gain fluency
in that language, this is a great opportunity for them to succeed in that goal.
Please note that you are not required to know another language to study abroad.
Other academic benefits include a higher 4 year graduation
rate for study abroad participants vs non-study abroad participants. Study
abroad students often experience a rise in their GPA after their study abroad
experience and studying abroad makes you SMARTER, according to this
5. Why be just
Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to really
learn and understand your host country. It allows students unmediated access to
the host country’s culture and its people.