Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Study abroad builds cosmopolitan students

“According to a NAFSA (Association of International Educators) study done recently, the number of study-abroad students has grown only 2 percent nationally. In the 2012-2013 school year, the number of students applying for study-abroad programs increased from 283,332 to only 289,408 students.

A statistical report from the University of California, Merced, showed that 97 percent of students enrolled in study-abroad programs are more prone to find jobs within 12 months after graduation, compared to 49 percent of college graduates in that same period. That same study showed that 84 percent of students felt studying abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market.

But getting job skills for the job is not the only thing studying abroad provides students with. Researchers at the Friedrich Schiller University at Jena, Germany, showed that it helps students develop emotional stability, and an openness and ability to cope with new experiences.”

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