Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad is an exciting, world-expanding education opportunity, but there are many more reasons why you should make it a part of your academic plan. Here we list a few*, but come talk to us in person (Tomlinson Hall, Room 143) to get more information.


  • Study abroad provides an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people and learn cross-cultural communication—a valued trait among employers
  • Those who study abroad earn approximately 25 percent more than their peers who did not have a study abroad experience, on average
  • 97 percent of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, compared to 49 percent of the general college population
  • 84 percent of study abroad alumni feel that studying abroad helped them build valuable job skills, such as language proficiency, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability and communication
  • 70 percent of study abroad participants claim they are more satisfied with their jobs


  • Studying abroad presents an opportunity to take classes not available at your home institution
  • Study abroad positively impacts grades: Undergraduate students tend to see a rise in their GPA after a study abroad experience and are 19 percent more likely to graduate on time.
  • An overseas experience increases your probability of getting into your preferred graduate school: 90 percent of study abroad alumni report acceptance into their first or second choice of graduate school

*Reference: "What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students," University of California, Merced