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Why Study Abroad

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No matter what kind of engineer you are, there is a high probability that, at some point in your career, you'll work on an international level. Whether you work with professionals or clients from other countries, accept an overseas assignment with a multi-national company, or teach at a university outside of the United States, your professional opportunities are increasingly global.  

Cultural competence is a key to building effective transnational relationships, solving problems around the world, and competing successfully in the international job market. A study abroad experience can help you:  

  • Experience and understand a different culture—historical, social, political, and economic perspectives;
  • Reinforce theory with real-world experience to prepare to work and lead in a global economy;
  • Learn and share new approaches to engineering education and problem solving;
  • Increase access to knowledge and ideas as a basis for personal and professional development;
  • Build relationships and common understanding to further global well-being and world peace;
  • Develop language skills- be bilingual or multilingual.  

Prism Magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, highlights the value of international experiences for engineering students.