by Tim Pate
Colorado State University and the College of Business are dedicated to providing students with a first-class, well-rounded education. One of the ways CSU ensures the best education possible is through a rich study-abroad program. The College of Business supports the University’s efforts to encourage students to study abroad, so we have crafted a list of the top four reasons you should look into a school away from school.
Push your boundaries.
Studying abroad requires a level of stepping out of your comfort zone. Living in a new place, speaking a different language, learning new local customs, or even eating strange food can be a challenge. These experiences challenge students to adapt to these unfamiliar environments, and new skills are born. College is a time for adventure, and the world is full of them.
Broaden your perspective.
Understanding business principles and customs in the United States is important to a successful career, but we cannot ignore the fact that the world is becoming more and more connected. Studying abroad gives students the chance to experience and become familiar with different economic and political systems than that of the United States. Learning about how other economies operate and the role they play in the U.S. economy is highly valuable knowledge to possess.
The College of Business greatly encourages students to study abroad – so much so that it has provided scholarships specifically for business students interested in exploring and learning in a new place. One such scholarship is the College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship, which offers up to $2,000 for summer, $3,000 for a semester and $5,000 for a year-long study abroad experience. The Chris Collins Memorial scholarship is also available to juniors and seniors in the College of Business, and is worth up to $3,000. The Office of International Programs also offers the Fulbright program to undergraduate and graduate students. CSU wants to help you reach your dream location.
In addition to your accomplishments in school, recruiters want to see indications that you have practical knowledge and experience outside the classroom. Studying abroad shows independence, motivation, and ambition – all traits highly sought after in new employees. Having study abroad experience on your resume indicates to your potential employer that you are capable of navigating new situations and that you have experience you can’t find in textbooks. If you want to get hired, studying abroad is a great way to show employers that you can handle the job.
College of Business students and alumni: Have you studied abroad? If so, leave a comment and tell us when and where you visited and what you studied. What did you gain from the experience? What would you recommend to students embarking on their first study abroad journey?