There is no doubt that study abroad is a valuable tool that will help you along with your future endeavors. Not to mention, there are so many opportunities that often come along for study abroad students. Here are three of my favorites to consider:
1. Two Semesters Away is Better Than One
One of the opportunities that you may find yourself taking advantage of is the chance to study abroad more than once. For me, this opportunity presented itself when I was finishing my first internship in London.
AIFS reached out to find current students on a fall program who had an interest in receiving a discount to study abroad in a different location during the Spring.
I was fortunate to have the support of my university and family and took advantage of the opportunity by signing up to study in Florence, Italy. It was the perfect add-on that I needed but wasn’t expecting. And of course, my story carried on when I returned to London for grad school.
My hope for you is that your semester away propels you forward to a positive place that gives you a better chance at reaching new heights and getting to where you need to be.
2. Competitive Edge for Your Career
I can tell you first-hand, graduate schools and future employers adore people who have studied abroad.
For starters, it shows them that you have put in the effort to seek out something that’s outside of the regular scope of life. Secondly, it makes for a wonderful resource for situational stories. I’ve crafted most of my interview technique by pulling from stories that I had during my study abroad life.
Last, but not least, the entirety of your study abroad experience will help you build and maintain a network of people who might be able to help you in the future.