About Study Abroad
Why Study Abroad?
Why Study Abroad?
In the words of St. Augustine, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” As Augustine recognized, traveling and studying abroad allows you to expand your horizons and read “pages” of the world that you would not otherwise have seen. Furthermore, studying abroad provides the following tangible benefits in the area of academics, future career, and personal growth.
1. Academic benefits
- Learn about other cultures and languages
- Benefit from expertise offered by other professors at international universities
- Study subjects not offered at JBU
2. Career benefits
- Stand out from peers on your resume
- Exhibit your ability to interact with a variety of people and cultures
- Become aware of international practices and global issues facing your career
3. Lifetime benefits
- Make friends in places across the world
- Increase in your understanding of and appreciation for other cultures
- Increase in self-confidence, independence, and maturity
- Deepen your faith through pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone
Questions to Consider
Before you decide on a study abroad program, be sure to ask yourself the following questions.
Why do I want to go?
- To reach out to others for Christ
- To learn about different cultures
- To step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself
- To enhance my resume and future career
- To see the world!
Where do I want to go?
- Domestic or international?
- First-world or third-world country?
- One location or many?
Where do I want to live?
- Dorm or homestay?
- Christian or secular community?
- Fellow JBU students or just me?
What do I want to learn?
- Core, major, or elective courses?
- A foreign language or English-speaking?
Can I afford it?
- Many semester programs are near JBU’s tuition, room, and board rate
- Some scholarships apply for some semester programs
- Summer study abroad may help you complete valuable upper level core hours and help you graduate early (or on time!) for less than the cost of a whole semester at JBU
- Extra travel and personal spending will cost more