Why Study Abroad?

Gain an international dimension in your academic program and expand your range of course options.  Take International Marketing in France, Rainforest Ecology in Australia or Politics of the British Isles in Scotland!  The opportunities are endless!

Develop a global resume and increase your marketability.  When you graduate, you will be entering a competitive job market.  Employers in all fields are looking for international experience and cross-cultural competency. 

Increase your proficiency in a foreign language.  There is no better way to learn a language than to be immersed in the culture.  Continue your AU language study and/or learn languages not currently offered at AU (i.e. Italian, Chinese and more)!

Improve your cross-cultural and communication skills.  Sharpen your skills through interaction with people from different backgrounds.

Understand the interdependence of the U.S. and other countries.

Enhance your sense of independence and self-confidence.  Students often return from studying abroad feeling more prepared for life after college.

Assess your career options and clarify your personal goals.