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Why should one participate in Education Abroad?

Why should one study abroad?

Education Abroad brings a unique intercultural perspective to a student's chosen major or academic study. Studying, conducting research or participating in an internship abroad can help students develop or improve foreign language, intercultural understanding, and critical problem solving skills. Students have the opportunity to receive academic credit that may be applied to their particular degree program through participation in education abroad programs. We encourage students to work closely with their academic advisor to choose a program that complements their academic, professional, and career goals. Students may satisfy major, minor, and/or UK Core (general education) requirements while abroad.

How will an education abroad experience enhance employability after graduation?

Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience, and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through study abroad that are important to employers in various fields.

According to a June 2007 article in the Going Global newsletter, global executives say that “study abroad boosts employability” and here are a few reasons why:

  • Three out of four executives cite study abroad as important when evaluating candidates for junior-level positions.

  • Eight in 10 human resource (HR) executives surveyed believed that a study abroad experience was an important factor for overseas job placement within their companies.

  • Two-thirds (67 percent) of HR executives surveyed said that a study abroad experience within a culturally diverse student environment distinguishes a job candidate.