From earning credit to improving your job prospects, there are so many benefits to taking your education abroad. Make the most of your experience before, during and after your study abroad.
How you benefit from studying abroad
Here are just a few of the ways that studying abroad will enhance your personal, academic and professional experience. Get the most out of your experience.
1. Earn UT credit for all approved academic coursework abroad
Take one or more core courses while exploring another country. Fulfill major requirements and electives and experience another culture. Go abroad and graduate on time.
2. Spend the same or less than studying at UT
Most financial aid still applies to study abroad, and if you choose a country that has a lower cost of living, you can actually save money by studying abroad. The International Office gives over $1 million dollars in study abroad scholarships each year.
3. Enhance your employment opportunities
Studies show that employers are looking for students with the skills to navigate our increasingly multicultural and global marketplaces. Your experience abroad will set you apart from other applicants.
4. Have a true adventure
Explore a new continent. Meet new people. Experience a different culture. You won’t come back the same. And you won't be able to stop talking about the adventures you had and the friends you made while abroad.
5. Develop skills and gain experiences a classroom setting will never provide
The ability to assess situations, identify challenges, and solve real world problems is one of the most important life skills you can develop. Having to navigate a new environment will prepare you to tackle any challenge in your future career or personal pursuits.
6. Learn a new language
By immersing yourself in another culture, you will continually hear and practice speaking the language you are trying to learn in its natural context. This will help you connect with more people, open even more employment opportunities and in many cases even increase your income.
7. Make friends and contacts around the world
You will get to meet and mingle with locals and well as other international students. The networks you build while abroad will continue to play an important part in your professional growth and achieving your personal goals.