Why Should UMBC Students Study Abroad?
Gain a Global Outlook
UMBC has identified global competency as a beneficial component to its university education. In a survey of study abroad alumni conducted by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) of over 3,400 respondents, 95% stated that study abroad had a lasting impact on their world view.
Diversify Your Experience and Education
Studying marine science at the Great Barrier Reef, architecture in Europe, or environmental sciences in the Amazon rainforest provides new meaning to the typical classroom experience not possible on campus at UMBC. On average, 13% of undergraduates nationwide study abroad. Distinguish yourself from your peers by developing skills and engaging in a unique learning environment overseas!
By being outside of one’s comfort zone, every new experience can be a challenge and an adventure! Take a risk by leaving your home and you will most likely be better prepared to face challenges in the future. Study abroad can be a transformative experience that fosters personal growth along with increased intellectual development.
Get Ahead with Prospective Employers
Employers value international experience and look for skills such as intercultural sensitivity, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and adaptation to new surroundings – all developed through study abroad. Many students learn to relate with people from different backgrounds which translates well into the workforce. According to the IES survey, their study abroad alumni earn on average $7,000 more in starting salary compared to the general population of U.S. college graduates.
See the World
Develop an understanding and appreciation of people from other countries and improve cross-cultural competency along with many skills. In the IES survey, 97% stated that study abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96% increased their self-confidence and 84% said that study abroad helped them develop job skills.
Video by UMBC Study Abroad Alum Chris Sieto