If you studied abroad, not only graduate programs look more intently at your application due to your experience in a foreign country. But, they may also view such experiences as an important step towards personal growth.

You will be surprised by the many different ways you gained incredible knowledge and skills while overseas. The benefits are sometimes unnoticed.

Benefits Towards Your Academic Career:

  • Familiarity with the customs and cultures of a another country 
  • Develop or significantly improve your knowledge of a foreign language 
  • Learn to communicate effectively across different cultures 
  • Develop cross-cultural communication skills 
  • Awareness of diverse business practices and customs 
  • Experience in working with foreign or multinational companies 
  • Exposure to the global issues facing you’re area of interest 
  • Willingness and readiness to adapt to new environments 
  • Ability to look at a project or situation from different perspectives 

Benefits that might have impacted you, personally:

  • Experience new ideas and diverse points of views 
  • Make friends from diverse ethnic and national backgrounds 
  • Gain self-confidence and independence 
  • Increase your maturity, both personally and intellectually 
  • Better understand your personal strengths and weaknesses 
  • Give you greater self-awareness 
  • Desire to learn more about your own culture and explore your heritage 
  • Gain a new perspective on your own country 
  • Gain new insights and outlooks through new relationships 
  • Fight stereotypes by educating others and dispel your own stereotypes 
  • Greater self-awareness 


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