"Success in today's economy depends on a deep and meaningful understanding of the global marketplace. There are few experiences that are as transformative to the development of a student as study abroad. A full immersion in another culture heightens ones cultural sensitivities and opens our minds to the complexity of the world. And, if that is not enough, study abroad increases the competitiveness of our students as they seek employment upon graduation."
- Chancellor Randy Woodson
Gain a Global Outlook Participation on any study abroad program fulfills the Global Knowledge co-requisite degree requirement for NC State students. NC State has identified global competency as a necessary component to its university education. In a survey of alumni conducted by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) of over 3,400 respondents, 95% stated that study abroad had a lasting impact on their world view.
Diversify Your Experience and Education Studying marine science at the Great Barrier Reef, architecture in Europe, or environmental sciences in the Amazon rainforest provides new meaning to the typical classroom experience not possible on campus at NC State. On average, only 20% of NC State undergraduate students and 13% of undergraduates nationwide study abroad. Distinguish yourself from your peers by developing skills and engaging in a unique learning environment overseas!
Personal Growth By being outside of one’s own comfort zone, every new experience can be a challenge and an adventure! Take a risk by leaving your home and you will most likely be better prepared to face challenges in the future. Study abroad can be a transformative experience that fosters personal growth along with increased intellectual development.
Get Ahead with Prospective Employers Employers value international experience and look for skills such as intercultural sensitivity, the ability to deal with ambiguity, and adaptation to new surroundings – all developed through study abroad. Many students learn to relate with people from different backgrounds which translates well into the workforce. According to the IES survey, their study abroad alumni earn on average, $7,000 more in starting salary compared to the general population of U.S. college graduates!
See the World Develop an understanding and appreciation of people from another country and improve your cross-cultural competency along with many skills. In the IES survey, 97% stated that study abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96% increased their self-confidence and 84% said that study abroad helped them develop job skills.
What others say about the value of study abroad....
“The practice of engineering has become increasingly interactive globally. Although mathematics and engineering graphics are used for common technical discourse, local cultural and language differences remain issues to be dealt with. A great way for engineering graduates to prepare themselves to deal with this growing phenomenon is to participate in a study abroad program. There is no better way to learn about the culture of a country and its potential impact on your career by living with its people and working in their environment.” – Dr. Carl Zorowski, NC State College of Engineering
"If you ask a student what they wish they had done while they were at NC State, the answer is often study abroad. Study abroad conveys quite a bit about you to a prospective employer. It communicates your independence, flexibility, depth of interests, ability to interact well with others and incorporate their viewpoints more readily. Additionally, participating in study abroad offers you the opportunity to learn about yourself and the world. The self-understanding, global knowledge, confidence, and maturity gained from study abroad will be invaluable as you seek professional experience." - NC State Career Development Center Staff
"International education ignites a passion for understanding other people and their perspectives. That's one important benefit to working or studying abroad - and it's essential to success in our increasingly diverse world. Students with international exposure come to understand the value of dialogue between people from different cultures and between people with different points of view. They also gain an understanding of the importance of relationships. Relationships are the foundation for meaning and success in life. They are also the foundation for strong businesses, especially businesses that care about creating mutual benefit." - Douglass H. Daft, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca Cola Company
“Globalization is causing policy and business leaders to call for new competencies to advance U.S. competitiveness, leadership in global markets, scientific innovation, security, and proactively improve international relations… These new realities demonstrate that future workers seeking careers in business, government, health care, law enforcement, and a wide variety of other jobs will all require global knowledge and skills.” - Michael H. Levine, Progressive Policy Institute