Learn about the benefits of studying abroad during community college.
As more employers are seeking diverse candidates with global experience
, community colleges across the country are now providing students with the opportunity to study abroad. Abroad programs allow students to take courses overseas, so students can explore the world while still maintaining focus on their degree program
Benefits of Studying Abroad
While each community college
offers different programs, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is an organization that currently works with community colleges to promote diverse program offerings for students. As the IIE describes, “the role of study abroad revolves predominately around a) providing opportunities for learning, cultural development and career education; b) fostering understanding and building global partnerships; and c) preparing students to take their place in an increasingly global community and world citizenship.”
Also, according to Transitions Abroad, students not only benefit academically and professionally, but also personally as well. According to survey results, “97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view.”
Paired with this, students reported that studying abroad led to long-lasting friendships with both United States and global students, as “more than half the respondents are still in contact with U.S. friends met while studying abroad, and 73 percent said the experience continues to influence the decisions they make in their family life.”
How Long are the Programs?
While the length of each study abroad program may . . . read more