Why Study Abroad?

The Center for the Study of Europe encourages all European Studies majors and minors to study abroad in Europe. To be successful in today’s interconnected world—personally, intellectually, and professionally—you must become a “global citizen,” skilled at navigating different cultures and capable of analyzing issues on a global level.

To become a global citizen

Studying abroad can help you:

  • Develop new perspectives on academic subjects and real-world issues
    Study abroad lets you study a variety of subjects in more depth and from different cultural perspectives. Outside the classroom, your personal education is enhanced through daily interactions in the foreign culture with host families or housemates and others in the community.
  • Achieve proficiency in a foreign language
    While you can learn grammar and vocabulary in Boston, it is impossible to become truly proficient in a foreign language without using it in a real-world setting. A non-English-speaking country is the ultimate “language classroom.”
  • Experience personal growth
    Study abroad is a challenging adventure, academically and personally. Students who return from abroad consistently report that they developed a greater sense of independence and confidence in their capabilities.
  • Develop valuable career skills
    Students who study abroad often develop career skills that make them especially marketable, including:

    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Independence and self-confidence
    • Teamwork and communication
    • Motivation and leadership
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Creativity
    • An expanded worldview and multicultural perspective

To extend Boston University studies

If you are approved to study abroad, you will remain enrolled at Boston University. You earn credit for coursework abroad and, in many cases, fulfill major, minor, or distribution requirements. Many students pursue internships or independent research projects abroad. 

An increasing number of students have been conducting research abroad and then working with BU faculty upon their return to Boston to turn their projects into senior honors theses. In addition, a number of study abroad returnees have worked with BU’s Fellowships office to pursue fellowships for postgraduate study, either in their study abroad country, a different country, or in the US.

To take part in a life-changing experience

With proper planning and preparation, the study abroad experience can truly be life-changing. Nationwide, students who have studied abroad consistently count their international experience as one of the best parts of their college careers. They report that they not only advanced academically but also acquired a renewed sense of intellectual energy and focus, as well as a more sophisticated view of the world around them.  

In all, for those students who undertake the challenge, living and studying abroad is one of the most exciting and enriching opportunities available at Boston University.

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