by Maren Stoddard Mack & Lucy Hardaker
College is so much more than a degree. It’s a time to explore new ideas, meet new people, find your calling in life, and figure out your place in the world. Study abroad is the same – it’s so much more than a travel experience.
Study Abroad & Study Away in the USA offers Augsburg students a chance to meet the world outside their own backyard, and delve into the cultures and lived realities of others. Explore South Africa & Namibia while learning about the struggle for freedom from apartheid while building a national identity; study the beliefs and practices amongst different groups of Himalayan and Tibetan people in mountainous Nepal; travel to Paris to study French language and culture – the possibilities are almost endless to what one can learn, travel, and do on a study abroad adventure. Auggies can choose from more than 300 programs in over 90 countries–we have a program to fit every student!
Study abroad is an adventure, a unique part of the college experience, and great preparation for life beyond graduation. Here are just three of the many ways study abroad will benefit you:
Personal Growth. Countless students return from study abroad saying “It changed my life!” Going to a new location, getting outside of your comfort zone, and learning in a new environment with new people gives you a chance to find your inner strengths and to accomplish something you may not have expected. You will be able to see, from a new perspective, how you are connected to the world and vice versa. Going abroad is a perfect time to reflect on yourself, your purpose, and your future.
Enhanced Communication Skills. How to greet others, the meaning of silence in conversation, what facial expressions mean, etc. Learning to communicate in another culture or in another language can be funny and frustrating, but it helps you become an agile, perceptive, and effective communicator. Good communication is essential in every field of work. With every conversation, interaction, new connection and friend made abroad, you become a better communicator!
Career Possibilities. Did you know that approximately 64% of employers say they value a study abroad experience from recent college graduates? That’s because employers have started to recognize that individuals who have studied abroad are more open minded, creative problem solvers, think outside the box, and can work well with people of different backgrounds, just to name a few attributes. When you study abroad you can take courses for your major, minor, or even pursue an internship. The possibilities are endless!
The bottom line: study abroad is an important and transformational experience for every student.
How can you study abroad? Visit our website to find out. We look forward to seeing you soon!