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Why Go Abroad?


Why Go Abroad?

There are so many great reasons to study abroad! For many students, it is the highlight of their academic career and a life changing experience. You get to see the world, experience a new culture and gain skills and knowledge that you never expected.
 

Take it from UAB students and staff:


But it’s not just about having the experience of a lifetime, studying abroad is a smart decision for your future career!
  • 73% of respondents in a recent survey strongly agreed or agreed that their study abroad experience makes them more competitive in the job market1
  • 69% agreed that as a result of their study abroad experience, they gained knowledge that can be applied in their professional work1
  • 67% agreed that as a result of their study abroad experience, they gained skills that can be applied in their professional work1

Take it from hiring managers- employers are looking for abroad experience!

  • "I help out with interviewing new candidates...and seeing study abroad experience on a resume always impresses me. It suggests to me that the candidate is adventurous and probably independent and has most likely worked or studied in a diverse environment."1
  • "I think that having the experience of living in a different country…makes a candidate for a job much more attractive due to adaptability and capacity to learn and succeed in many different environments."1

Take it from study abroad returnees, going abroad helps boost careers!

  • "[My study abroad experience] helps me…relate to international clients in my current job."1
  • "I often work with European and English clients. My experience in their country leads to the development of strong personal relationships, often resulting in winning the business, client referrals, etc."1
  • "Drawing from...and talking to [international clients] about [my study abroad experience] has helped with relating to them personally."1

Go abroad to prepare for your career and set your path!

  • 76% of study abroad students reported acquiring skill sets while studying abroad that influenced career path2
  • 62% of study abroad students reported study abroad ignited an interest in a career direction2
  • 14% of study abroad students reported studying abroad influenced decision to work for a multi-national organization/company in the U.S.2
  • 96% of study abroad students reported that studying abroad increased self-confidence2
  • 97% of study abroad students reported that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity2 

Go abroad and increase your chances of graduating on time!

  • Students who studied abroad had a 17.8% higher 4-year graduation rate compared to non-study abroad students. For African-American students in particular, the 4-year graduation rate for those who studied abroad was 31.2% higher.3
  • In another study, 79% of study abroad participants graduated in 4 years, while only 51% of non-participants did.4

1Franklin, K. (2010). Long-term Career Impact and Professional Applicability of the Study Abroad Experience. Frontiers: The interdisciplinary journal of study abroad, 19, 169-190.
2Dwyer, M. M. (2004). More Is Better: The Impact of Study Abroad Program Duration. Frontiers: The interdisciplinary journal of study abroad, 10, 151-163.
3Sutton & Rubin 2010.  Global Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative.  Athens: University System of Georgia.
4 Young, D.Y. (2015).  Persistence at a Liberal Arts University and Participation in a Study Abroad Program.  Frontiers: The interdisciplinary journal of study abroad, 93-110.