Texas Tech University

Why Study Abroad

Studying abroad:

  • provides students the opportunity to travel.
    Weekends and academic breaks allow students the opportunity to venture out and explore their surroundings. Since studying abroad typically puts them on a completely different continent, they are much closer to places they might otherwise not have the opportunity to visit.
  • allows students to get to know another culture directly.
    Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances and personal habits. Culture reflects deep perceptions, beliefs and values that influences ways of life and world views. Students who experience cultural differences can truly understand other cultures' roots and beliefs.
  • helps students develop skills and gain experiences that a classroom setting will never provide.
    Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary at first, but it's also exciting. It's an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems.
  • affords students the opportunity to network and make connections around the world.
    While abroad, students will not only meet natives to the culture in which they are studying, but also other international students who are as far from home as they are. These connections can be fostered and cultivated to assist them throughout their lives.
  • helps students to learn about themselves.
    Students who study abroad return home with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their own culture. The experience abroad often challenges them to reconsider their own beliefs and values. The encounter with other cultures also enables students to see their own culture through new eyes.
  • expands students' general understanding of the world.
    In comparison with citizens of most other countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about the trials and triumphs beyond U.S. boundaries. Students who study abroad return home with an informed and much less biased perspective toward other cultures and people.
  • enhances employment opportunities.
    Only 4% of U.S. undergraduates ever study abroad, yet the world continues to become more globalized. American countries are increasingly investing dollars abroad, and companies from countries around the world continue to invest in the international market. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is seen as self-motivated, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. A student's experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture and possibly acquiring another language will all help to set them apart from other job applicants.