The best way to understand how our intercultural world works is to experience other cultures face-to-face. At Hartwick, our students get out of the classroom and on location to do exactly that.
If you’re passionate about studying off campus and making your college experience come alive, you can spend a semester or a year studying though colleges and service organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Pacific — pretty much anywhere in the world.
If you’re still wondering why you should learn about other people and cultures of the world, here are the top ten reasons why studying abroad no brainer.
Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad
10. Study abroad lets you explore the world for a summer, semester, or even a year while you’re still a Hartwick student.
9. Learning abroad will set you apart from other job seekers in a very competitive job market. Your experience abroad will be a highlight of your job interviews and your resume.
8. Learning abroad can help you develop new skills, more independence, and self-confidence. You’ll return with new skills that can’t be learned on close to home.
7. Studying overseas helps you see the world from a completely new perspective. The simplest things take on new meaning when you are abroad.
6. Education abroad introduces you to a new culture, a new way of life. Whether you go to Ecuador or Zimbabwe, you’ll learn to recognize and appreciate how culture determines values and behaviors.
5. Living abroad will give you an opportunity to make lifelong friendships with people you wouldn’t have otherwise met. You might even find yourself ‘adopted’ by a local family.
4. A semester, summer, or year abroad gives you the opportunity to participate in an international internship, an impressive asset in today’s global marketplace.
3. Education abroad can give you an unparalleled opportunity to develop genuine fluency in a foreign language and meet your foreign language requirements.
2. International experience helps you learn what it really means to be an “American”. You’ll learn what makes life in the United States different from anywhere else.
1. You’ll be a part of the fortunate 4% of undergraduate students nationwide who have participated in education abroad program.
Adapted from Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business