Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is not just an opportunity to travel - it is so much more than that. Students have the opportunity to experience life in another country, immerse themselves in a different culture and realize that there's more out there than what they're used to here in Charlotte!

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Gain a Global Outlook

Gaining a global outlook means you'll broaden your perspectives. You'll be able to learn about other cultures and even more about your own culture in a way you hadn't thought of before too. This will help you to form better relationships with people who are different from you, whether it be in your personal or professional life. You'll also develop a deeper understanding of our global marketplace, political, economical, environmental issues, and more. 

Diversify & Enhance Your Education

Studying abroad means you'll be enrolled into a foreign institution, yet still receive UNC Charlotte course credit for all classes taken abroad - without pushing your graduation date. By taking your education beyond the classroom and textbooks, you'll be able to truly engage with a topic in a meaningful way and understand those topics better within their own contexts. Through study abroad, many students have found a career of interest, the opportunity to advance in their major, and pursued research and opportunities in the world that may not be available here. 

This is also an opportunity to learn a new language or perfect the language you're studying. Being surrounded by a new environment where the people around you are speaking a foreign language means that your opportunities to improve your language proficiency goes beyond the classroom walls. Your new international friends, classmates, professors, and neighbors will help you practice communicating in their native tongue. 

Personal Growth

Ever felt like your life was missing something? That's because you haven't realized the potential to grow as an independent individual by studying abroad yet. Develop the self-confidence and adaptability skills that you may not have even thought were possible before. You're capable of more than you realize, just put yourself to the test and see how you would handle situations differently that wouldn't normally happen here. The world is bigger than you think, so go explore the rest of it and learn something new about yourself in the process. 

Experience the World

To experience the world means you'll develop a firsthand understanding, respect, and appreciation of other cultures, people, and places - learn that there is no perfect way of doing things, but that people and cultures just do things differently. You're studying in one country, but you can also travel and see many other countries while abroad. You'll meet so many people and end up forming friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Become More Marketable 

Being able to talk about how your experience abroad gave you transferrable skills demonstrates to prospective employers, graduate, and professional schools that you have a global perspective and intercultural competence. Did you intern or work abroad too? Honestly, any international experience looks GREAT on a resume because it shows you're capable of successfully living, studying, and working in a new environment, no matter where it may be. 

Don't Just Take It From Us

Above all, we always hear from our study abroad alumni that their experience abroad allowed them to develop into the person they are today. Studying abroad isn’t perfect. There will be challenges along the way, but you will come out of the experience feeling more independent, confident, capable, and enriched than you could have ever imagined.

UNC Charlotte Study Abroad Alumni

Each year the OEA sends hundreds of students abroad to locations all around the world. Each semester we have Study Abroad Alumni apply for a Study Abroad Peer Advisor or OEA Intern position. Learn more about our Peer Advisors & Interns and feel free to connect with them to see what they have to say about their own international experience!

Check Out the Research

There's a lot of research out there that demonstrates the benefits of studying abroad that backs up what everyone is saying. Check out IES Abroad's Alumni Career Outcomes Research.

How did you benefit from studying abroad? Scott Schreiber, who studied abroad at J.F. Oberlin University in Machida-Shi, Japan, says: "I gained the confidence to explore places outside of my comfort zone and got to know the ins and outs of a society vastly different than my own."