Studying abroad offers you an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and discover yourself through life-altering experiences ranging from learning a foreign language to discovering your heritage. Studying abroad offers unforgettable memories.
No matter your goals – intensive language programs or full degrees like associates degrees, undergraduate or graduate certificates, bachelors and masters degrees – there’s sure to be something available that meets them all.
1. Explore the World
No doubt studying abroad looks impressive on your college resume, but its benefits go well beyond this. Studying overseas gives you the chance to discover activities and interests that would not otherwise have come your way if you remained home – such as hiking, skiing or learning new languages that you never considered having an interest in before!
Vacation travel allows you to gain a deeper appreciation for what you have been learning in class, making the knowledge tangible rather than abstract. Furthermore, traveling can force you out of your comfort zone and force adaptation to different lifestyles; such experience is priceless when dealing with foreign clients or exploring a new city for work purposes. Ready to experience adventure abroad? Explore Europe, Asia, Oceania Africa or Latin America programs now – you could experience unforgettable adventures!
2. Learn a New Language
Studying abroad can be more than just an exciting vacation: it offers you an invaluable opportunity to acquire new language skills, improve academic abilities, gain international perspectives and expand personal horizons. Furthermore, studying abroad helps develop interpersonal abilities that will prove invaluable both professionally and personally.
While studying abroad, learning a new language provides a wealth of input from those around you. From ordering food at restaurants to engaging with locals to reading posters pinned on walls or shop windows displaying advertisements in that language; opportunities abound for you to practice your new skills.
Though many locals will want you to practice English with them, instead focus on practicing your foreign languages instead. Doing this will increase their trust in working with you again in future projects, as well as help you gain fluency faster than if using free apps alone. People also tend to be more willing to correct any errors you make while speaking their native tongue.
3. Develop Your Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal or “soft skills,” as they’re more commonly known, are integral to professional success. These encompass active listening, team collaboration and building, reading social cues accurately and managing emotions effectively – skills which work together so excelling at one can improve others as well.
No matter what job you hold that requires interactions with people, enhancing your interpersonal skills will help you excel. Take some time to identify both your strengths and weaknesses in interpersonal situations before looking for ways to strengthen them. Maybe take a class or education consultancy someone trusted who could give their input as to areas you could improve upon.
Study abroad opportunities such as Semester at Sea can also help students to enhance their interpersonal skills. Students travel together with other college and graduate students aboard passenger ships as they complete courses from various academic disciplines – business, arts and humanities are supported, while London programs feature an additional performance art component.
4. Discover Your Passions
Study abroad can be a life-altering experience for students. From immersing oneself in new cultures and finding passions along the way to reading romantic poets in England’s Lake District or Greece’s ancient acropolis debates – studying abroad offers you an unparalleled opportunity.
Living abroad can also provide you with an invaluable learning experience that broadens your world view while building skills like adapting to uncertainty, overcoming challenges and pushing beyond comfort zones – qualities highly prized by employers and graduate schools alike.
Hackley’s Casten Trips provide an exceptional learning opportunity that combines cultural immersion, service and academic coursework. Led by professors, these trips take place around the world in places like Japan, Malawi, Denmark and Cuba – contact John Jay’s Education Abroad office if this type of global education experience appeals to you and find out about opportunities there; scholarship may also be available to support international study, internship or volunteering programs.
5. Expand Your Horizons
Study abroad can be more than a travel opportunity; it’s an educational and life-altering journey. By broadening your world view and opening your mind to understanding different cultures, studying abroad provides the chance for you to broaden your outlook while cultivating flexibility, openness, and resilience – skills highly prized by employers and graduate schools alike.
If you are uncertain how best to incorporate studying abroad into your academic journey, it would be beneficial to speak to either your advisor or study abroad office. They may be able to assist in designing a program that fulfills certain core requirements or meets minimum major requirements.
Make the most of this remarkable opportunity and start planning your journey today! Don’t wait – explore Europe, study in France’s Alpine regions or travel to New York on short-term programs – the opportunities are out there waiting for you! Don’t delay; start exploring today!