One of the most common remarks students make upon their return to the University of Scranton after studying abroad is that “it was a life-changing experience.” Studying abroad provides the opportunity for students to develop skills, knowledge and experience that they simply cannot gain while in residence at the University of Scranton.
Not only is the experience abroad “life-changing” from a personal perspective, but it also serves as a way to distinguish oneself amongst peers after graduation from the University. Most American college students do not study abroad and as a result, prospective employers and postgraduate academic programs are generally very interested in a student’s international experience.
In short, studying abroad allows you to grow in personal as well as professional ways. It serves as a building block for future endeavors: personal, professional or academic.
Reasons to Study Abroad
Students report that they have studied abroad in order to:
- Explore their heritage
- Experience personal growth and development
- See the United States from a different perspective
- Make friends from other parts of the world
- Take courses not offered at the University of Scranton
- Develop fluency in another language
- Develop intercultural communication skills
- Enhance career opportunities
- To date, University of Scranton students have studied in 53 countries and on every continent but Antarctica
- Students from nearly every major have studied abroad
- Students have taken the following language courses for credit while abroad: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Twi and Wolof
- Students have engaged in community service projects while studying abroad.
- Students have participated in internships while studying abroad.
- Students are able to take courses not offered at the University of Scranton.