Is now the right time? Should you pack your bags and venture overseas? There are many benefits to traveling abroad, whether it’s for a study abroad program or another adventure. A few of our Alumni shared their top reasons why you should study abroad during college!
1. Because it will boost your resume
The benefits you can expect to gain from studying abroad go far beyond the curriculum material. Students can develop valuable skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking skills, strong communication skills, patience, flexibility, and more.
“Attending this program sets me apart from other students during the interview process. It was by far the best decision I’ve made in my college life.” – Martin, Summer China 2017
“I learned a lot from IBS with it being outside of the classroom and having real hands-on learning experiences from business executives.” – Taylor, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
2. Because you have the time
There are plenty of things to worry about while you’re in college. Between juggling classes, writing papers and completing assignments, it’s tough to balance a job and a social life let alone plan an international trip or time to study abroad. The truth is, finding time to travel will only get tougher after college.
“Rarely will you get another time in your life to be able to travel, especially with people your age.” – Taylor, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
“Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding parts of your college experience.” – Alison, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
3. Because you will learn through travel
Experience different cultures, speak the local language, and try new cuisine – you can learn a lot about the world and yourself from traveling.
“My experience taught me more than I could have ever learned in a classroom.” – Katelyn, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
“Traveling without my parents forced me to problem solve and increase my sense of independence. I gained self-confidence by learning how to navigate through foreign cities without knowing the local language.” – Kayla, Summer China 2017 Alumni
4. Because you will make life-long friends
The people you will meet are searching for the same experience you are. Why not share that experience together?
“The friends I made on IBS, I will have forever. I was worried it might be hard to make friends but you become so close with everyone.” – Katelyn, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
“The best part of the whole experience was meeting a new group of people. It was the perfect way to make great friends.” – Martin, Summer China 2017 Alumni
5. Because you will explore new places
You’ll experience new countries and cities with incredible cultures and customs. You will gain a better understanding and appreciation for cultures other than your own.
“My experience abroad taught me that the world is completely different everywhere you go and every inch of it is worth exploring.” Alison, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
“I gained the confidence to travel and live abroad on my own.” – Katelyn, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
6. Because your experience will be unforgettable
You will create memories and have stories to last a lifetime. Do you want to be able to reflect on a great experience or risk never having the opportunity?
“I was able to go paragliding in the mountains of Innsbruck, Austria with my new friends. It was an awesome experience!” – Radha, Summer Europe 2017 Alumni
“One of my highlights was seeing the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. It was inspiring to stand where the ruler once did.” – Martin, Summer China Alumni 2017