Why Should I Study Abroad?
Studying away from Oklahoma can provide you with some amazing experiences. However, study abroad is not just about fun and adventurous travel to exotic locations. Those are called vacations. Study abroad provides ways for you to grow professionally and personally in an academic setting. The expectation is that you will use the experience to prepare yourself to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of an increasingly global society.
OSU wants to provide you access to programs that will develop you as a future leader, equip you with the skills and knowledge required for global competency, and allow you to engage with local, national, and global communities as culturally perceptive citizens. Every experience abroad is different and the old saying holds true…”You will get out of the experience what you put into it.” With that said, here are a few of the skills you might pursue while abroad:
- Increase understanding of your field of study from a global perspective
- Gain specialized experience that comes from immersion in a culture different than your own
- Develop intercultural communication and problem solving skills
- Enhance your ability to speak other languages
- Gain leadership and organizational skills
Applying these skills can strengthen your degree on the job market. In job interviews and when applying for graduate school you can articulate how the self-confidence, maturity, and skills gained abroad will help you meet the demands and expectations of potential employers. As well, the sense of personal accomplishment you can experience when you get outside of your comfort zone is amazing!