Why Study Abroad?

Benefits of Studying Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) is happy that you are interested in studying abroad! We want you to know that studying abroad is not just a "trip" overseas; it is so much more than that. Some of the main benefits of studying abroad include (but are not limited to!):

  • Receive UNC Charlotte course credit for all courses taken abroad, without pushing your graduation date 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of our global marketplace
  • 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
  • Learn more about your own culture from a different perspective
  • Demonstrate to prospective employers, graduate, and professional schools that you have a global perspective and intercultural competence - any international experience looks GREAT on a resume
  • Travel and see many other countries while abroad
  • Develop independence, adaptability, and self-confidence that you may not have even thought were possible
  • Realize what you're capable of
  • Form friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Learn a new language or perfect the language you're studying
  • Realize a dream!
  • Experience a new way of life

But don't take it from us. Hear it from the students who've done it

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."