Study Abroad Academic Benefits
When your student studies abroad, they will learn many new things that they wouldn’t otherwise experience at their home school or in their communities. When your student is abroad they will learn both inside and outside the classroom. Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a new culture, foreign language, increase self-confidence and ultimately prepare your student to be more academically competitive. No matter where your child goes abroad, their experience will translate into tangible academic benefits. For example, your student will have the chance to:
· Use a foreign language on a daily basis with native speakers.
· Learn from different teaching styles.
· Explore new subjects that are not offered at their school.
· Practice cross-cultural communication.
· Study world events from various perspectives
Regardless of where your child is in their education, study abroad will prepare them for the next academic level. Are you a high school parent? Many college admission officers recognize study abroad and global exchanges as invaluable experiences. A study abroad experience will help your student’s college application stand out among their peers. If your child is an undergraduate student a international study experience will challenge them in incomparable ways that will help them to perform better in the classroom when they return. A study abroad experience is also valuable your child is planning to go to graduate school. Their experience abroad will show graduate school admission officers that your student has the initiative and eagerness to challenge themselves academically and personally.
Many students earn academic credit for the classes they take abroad. Make sure your child has consulted a counselor, academic advisor, or study abroad advisor before they leave to ensure any credits earned overseas will transfer