International education programs provide you the opportunity to extend your learning beyond the borders of the USD campus, make global connections, and build skills which are valuable to future employers. Study abroad will provide you with the perfect catalyst to explore, discover, and grow personally and professionally both within the classroom and outside of the classroom as you interact with a new culture, make new friends, and navigate complex decision making processes.
Expand your worldview! Students who study abroad often return with a greater awareness of the world and global issues, a better understanding of their own culture, increased interpersonal, cross-cultural and leadership skills, and improved self-confidence—all skills that will serve you well in the future.
There are a number of academic benefits you can gain from a short or long-term overseas program! Evidence shows that students who study abroad are more likely to graduate from college, have a higher GPA, and report that they learned more in comparison to other students. Many students use the study abroad experience to become a more well-rounded person. Trying new things and gaining exposure to different ways of viewing the world will broaden your perspective and make you a more interesting person and a more competitive applicant to future graduate schools and employers.
Study abroad students are much more likely to gain a deeper, more global perspective of course content and to develop skills including adaptability, effective communication with diverse groups of people, and foreign language skills.
Study abroad often includes an experiential, hands-on learning component which allows you to gain real-life experience in your coursework or field of interest, experience which is very valuable to employers. Research has shown that those who have studied abroad are more likely to get hired sooner after graduation and have a higher starting salary than those who did not. As graduates compete for jobs in this global economy, study abroad is something that can set you apart!