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Students who have studied, worked, and lived abroad receive a unique educational experience. There is much more to studying abroad than just taking classes in a foreign country. An experience abroad can open doors to new opportunities, new friends, and new career paths. And, it will give you a global perspective and cross-cultural competence which are crucial for success in today’s world.
Think you can't afford it? There are many resources both at the University of Michigan and at outside foundations to help you make studying or working abroad a possibility. Please see the CGIS website for more information about funding sources for study abroad.
I would tell students considering study abroad that it's a chance they definitely should take! Even if they aren't familiar in the language all too well, there is so much more knowledge to absorb by immersing themselves in the country. Don't be afraid to interact with the locals and ask for help because doing so helped me experience a lot more in Japan than I would have. - Tazia Miah, BS, major in International Studies: Global Environment and Health, minor in Asian Languages and Cultures