Study Abroad programs are a great way to expand your horizons and at the same time earn college credit toward the completion of your academic program. If you want to gain international experience and exposure and a distinguishing edge in today's competitive job market, then studying abroad is for you. Academically, studying abroad is not only a fun way to earn credits, but it also exposes you to different teaching methods and perspectives on academic topics.
Western's Study Abroad opportunities are designed for both undergraduate and graduate students. These opportunities consist of programs that are one semester or an entire academic year, or even just for the summer. Each program has its own distinctions and prerequisites. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting the IPS office or discovering where you can go.
Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad
1. Obtain College Credit While You Travel
Explore the world while you take your required classes. With numerous courses available for college credit at Western, why not spend a semester, summer or academic year traveling and studying abroad while you're earning credit toward your degree?
2. Study Abroad is Affordable
It is possible to obtain federal loans, scholarships and grants to study abroad.
3. Build Your Resume
If you study abroad, you may have a higher salary in the future and international careers are a fast-growing opportunity for graduates. Having an international education on your resume will impress many potential employers.
4. Take Courses Overseas in Your Major
Take courses in your major or minor as you study abroad. We have courses abroad in areas such as business, liberal arts, engineering, computer sciences and education.
5. Travel the World
While you are studying abroad, you have the opportunity to travel to nearby cities and countries.
6. Get Accepted into Graduate School
The US Department of Education has projected that over 1.8 million Americans will be enrolled in graduate schools next year. With all that competition, you can increase your chances of being accepted into graduate school by studying abroad.
7. Learn a New Language
Even if you have no previous language experience, you can learn Spanish, French, Japanese and German at all language levels overseas.
8. Speak English!
No problem. Many universities overseas offer courses and academic programs in English. Countries such as Czech Republic, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, Korea, Thailand and China could be your next destination for a semester abroad. Programs in the UK and Australia are always an option.
9. Increase Cultural Awareness
Study abroad and you will walk the pages of history, not just read about it in a textbook. Relive first-hand the history you've been learning about as you gain a new perspective on different cultures and lives.
10. Meet New People
Interacting with new people, especially of a different language, will help you strengthen your communication skills. You'll amaze yourself with what you're capable of doing once you're overseas.