Study Abroad Information Sessions
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in SSC 150
Fridays 2-3 pm in SSC 150
*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week
Why Study Abroad?
To Become More Culturally Competent:
"I have learned not to make judgements about another culture, thinking things are "good", "bad", "right", "wrong" etc., when in fact, things are just different. While studying abroad I attended local festivals, visited historical landmarks, dined on the local cuisine, listened to my host country's popular music, and went about my daily activities just as the locals did."
- Heidi Church, USAC, Torino, Italy Alumni 2008
- Participate in festivities and attend local markets.
- Learn how other cultures interact with one another.
- Experience new and delicious food.
- Use new forms of transportation, travel as the locals do!
- Develop knowledge of different religions.
- Participate in local sports or attend national sporting events.
- Gain a new perspective from the other side of the world.
To Explore the World:
"I learned quickly how to read a subway map! Firsthand travel gave me a better feel for the scale of European geography, which has implications for all areas of life, culture, and history."
- IP Aix-en-Provence 2003-04 Alumni
- Travel around your new country and visit neighboring countries as well.
- Explore historic monuments that will take your breath away.
- Simply enjoy the experience of being "lost" and take in the sites.
To Acquire or Develop a Foreign Language:
"Learning to adjust to another culture was an extremely important skill to learn. I'm happy I got that opportunity"
- USAC Santiago, Chile Fall 2010 Alumni
- Many countries available to students are non – English speaking, presenting the opportunity to learn a new language.
- Learn to ask for directions, shop in local venues and simply express your gratitude to locals in a foreign language.
- Many programs have options for homestays with local families or shared housing with other international students.
- Really advance your foreign language skills by taking courses in that language!
- Participate in conversation hours with students native to where you are studying.