As we prepare for tomorrow’s official opening of Mason Global Center, I thought it would be timely to share my top 10 reasons why every college student should try to study abroad if at all possible:
You will learn to appreciate what makes people around the world different
You will learn to appreciate what makes people around the world the same
Learning and using a new language is good for your brain (and for you)
Your employer of choice either does business internationally or is likely to do so soon (Career Services offers a workshop on how to market your study-abroad experience effectively)
You will dismantle some of your craziest beliefs about others and about yourself
You will make your country stronger
You will come back with a bunch of good stories to tell
Many world leaders strongly recommend it, including First Lady Michelle Obama and even the King of Spain (who himself was a grad student in the U.S. years ago)
You’ll make life-long friendships and professional relationships that may come in handy in the future
If you happen to be a Mason student, our Center for Global Education makes it very easy to do, with more than 90 study abroad programs for you to choose from
One very good way to dip your toes abroad is to spend a semester in Mason Korea. Seoul offers a unique window into Asia through one of the most creative and innovative spots today. In addition to discovering the genius behind Samsung electronics and Korean industrial renaissance, or hopping on a short flight to experience Tokyo, Beijing or Shanghai, your Gangnam Style dance will never be the same! You will take classes in a state-of-the-art campus in the brand-new city of Songdo-Incheon and can be in downtown Seoul (or posh Gangnam) in a simple metro ride.
If you can’t arrange for a semester-long program, the Center for Global Education offers two-week winter break programs that earn three credits. These are group-study tours led by a Mason faculty member. There are also month-long, six-credit summer programs as well as a few summer school programs.
Students with 45 credits or more can participate in international internship programs in the summer (six to nine credits) or during a full semester (12 to 16 credits). Internship placements are arranged to match students’ career and academic objectives as well as possible.
Of course, if you can, go for a longer program. Students with 45 credits or more can go abroad for a semester or a year to one of Mason’s partner universities: more than 40 of them in 23 countries. If Mason options do not meet a student’s academic or geographic goals, that student can enroll in an accredited program offered by third parties and receive transfer credit.
For more information, go to http://masonkorea.gmu.edu/
(email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-993-2154).