Study abroad with Presbyterian College and the Office of International Programs

Why should you Study Abroad?

Study abroad is an adventure that you will always remember, but there are many reasons to consider the option. Some are practicals, others are more personal, but all have the chance to impact your life.

1. Become more marketable
Study abroad can illustrate boldness, flexibility, open-mindedness, confidence, character, and curiosity just to name a few traits. In interviews and on your resume, you should showcase your study abroad experience and tell how it makes you stand out.

2. Subject subjects in context
It is an incredible experience to walk through the halls where kings signed treaties or stand amongst some of the world’s most incredible architecture still standing after centuries. Subjects that sometimes feel far-removed can come to life when you study abroad.

3. Learn about a culture
Living in a foreign culture as opposed to visiting or just passing through, gives you a unique look at the people and places you see and explore while abroad.

4. Learn about the U.S.A.
American customs that we take for granted may become apparent as you compare and contrast them to those of your host country.

5. Travel more
Once abroad, traveling is usually easy and inexpensive. Many countries have excellent transportation that in some cases can take you to another country in a matter of hours.

6. Meet interesting people
Students who study abroad make contacts all over the world. Whether you want to practice a language, learn about a culture, or network for job prospects, people are your greatest resource.

7. Promote peace
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “If people get together, so eventually will nations.” Study abroad might not just change your life, but the world.

8. Find your calling
Study abroad can be an inspiration. It may give you the time and distance to clearly examine your choices in the U.S. or it might serve as the catalyst to an international career.

9. Become a strong person
After living in a foreign culture with its constant challenges, students say they feel more capable of facing life choices at home.