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Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad

By: Daniel Obst on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Every student who wants to succeed in the global economy should study abroad." That is the first sentence of IIE's new book, A Student Guide to Study Abroad, which was published by IIE in collaboration with the AIFS Foundation, and is packed with essential tips and information for students looking to study abroad.

Study abroad is a life-changing experience for many students, opening their eyes to different ways of life and promoting understanding and tolerance. Research shows that students who study abroad have better grades, more confidence, and are more likely to graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad.

Yet, less than 10 percent of American undergraduate students study abroad before graduating. Next month, IIE will launch a major new initiative that seeks to significantly expand study abroad by the end of the decade. Stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, here are the Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad from our new book. Feel free to comment and add more top reasons on our Facebook page.

 Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad

A Student Guide to Study Abroad was written by IIE's President, Allan Goodman, Stacie Berdan, an international careers expert, and by Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS Founder and Chairman. The paperback edition is available for purchase for just $14.95 on IIE’s Bookstore; the eBook is only $5.95 and is available on Amazon for KindleBarnes & Noble for Nook and on iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.

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  • John said:
    1/14/2014 8:00 PM

    How do you balance the expense with the need to complete degree requirements? It seems that the national higher education agenda runs against this type of enrichment activity.

  • wandering educators said:
    1/17/2014 12:00 AM

    These ten are just the tip of the iceberg, really. It will expand your world, change your life, and change the WORLD. Love this list!

  • Daniel Obst said:
    1/23/2014 12:59 PM

    Thank you for these good comments! I'm sure we can all find at least 100 reasons to study abroad!

  • Rebbecca Silva said:
    1/30/2014 9:10 PM

    When I was an undergraduate, I did not study abroad. Looking back 10 years later, I wish I would have for the very 10 reasons listed. There is nothing like learning a culture than to immerse yourself in it. If I had known now the benefits it would have on opening my eyes to a different way of life, I would have done it in a heartbeat.

  • Suzanne Ryan said:
    2/15/2014 1:18 PM

    I engaged in study abroad long before there was this concept of "study abroad". It changed my life. For most of my adult life, I've work in international education(and lived) overseas. Working overseas is an exceptionally disruptive experience that leads to non-linear thinking or critical thinking. This is exactly what our liberal arts institutions attempt to teach. Study abroad adds to the learner's treasure of experiential education far more than any classroom experience ever will. We must do more and we must encourage students to reach beyond their grasp when selecting study abroad programs. It's a matter of excellence and survival.

  • Sonu said:
    7/2/2015 6:13 AM

    In my eyes to study abroad for me is a life-changing experience and it is must for a student to update himself according to new courses and stream and you will not get proper education while staying at ones place you have truly said students who study abroad have better grades, more confidence, and are more likely to graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad, i am 110% agreed with your words..

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