Why Study Abroad?
Because study abroad:
1. Is fun! You will have meet new people you might never have a chance to meet otherwise – both American and foreign – who you will navigate new cities and cultures with and create lasting friendships.
2. Enhances employment opportunities. Did you know that only 4% of U.S. undergraduates ever study abroad? Yet, the world continues to become more globalized, American countries are increasingly investing dollars abroad, and companies from countries around the world continue to invest in the international market. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Your experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring another language will all set you apart from the majority of other job applicants.
3. Is the optimal way to learn a language. If you choose to take a language while studying abroad there is no better or more effective way to learn a language than to be immersed in a culture that speaks the language you are learning. You're surrounded by the language on a daily basis and are seeing and hearing it in the proper cultural context. And you learn quickest when you’re hungry!
4. Provides the opportunity to travel. Weekends and academic breaks allow you to venture out and explore your surroundings - both your immediate and more distant surroundings. If you study in Europe you could be in 3 or more countries in the same time it takes to drive from Aberdeen to Pierre!
5. Allows you get to know another culture first-hand. Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances, and personal habits. Students who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand where other cultures are coming from.
6. Will help you develop skills and give you experiences a classroom setting will never provide. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary at first, but it's also exciting. It's an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.
7. Affords you the opportunity to make friends around the world. While abroad, you will meet not only natives to the culture in which you are studying, but also other international students who are as far from home as yourself.
8. Helps you learn about yourself. Students who study abroad return home with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their own culture. The encounter with other cultures enables students to see their own culture through new eyes. This experience allows students to make informed decisions about their own value system.
9. Expands your worldview. Studying abroad increases your ability to solve problems because you have seen things done in many different ways.
10. Lets you break out of your academic routine. You may become familiar with an entirely new academic system and you will have the chance to take courses or languages not offered at Northern.