First, through study abroad programs students will be immersed into another culture and sometimes a new language. This can be a very beneficial way to learn in just a short period of time because students are forced to adapt to their new surroundings. They will gain real-world experience in this new culture as they live in it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will learn much more about the culture through their study abroad experience than they could ever learn in a text book, including in the areas of cuisine, social customs and language.
Next, students who participate in a study abroad program will embark on an exciting adventure and once in a lifetime experience. During this time of their life, most students do not have all of the responsibilities of an adult such as a full time job or children, which allows them take advantage of the study abroad program. This experience will provide personal growth and increased maturity levels because the student must learn to survive in a foreign environment without the traditional support of friends and family.
In addition, a study abroad experience is a great way to boost a resume. In today’s global economy, having experience living in another country is a great way to give yourself an edge over other job applicants. Also, students that are fluent in another language as a result of studying in another country will be able to enhance their resume with this skill.
Finally, a study abroad program will improve the social communication skills in a student. When an individual is immersed in a foreign culture, they are forced to rely on communication skills in order to meet their basic needs.