Why study abroad?
-Victor C. Johnson, Associate Executive Director of Public Policy, NAFSA
There is a lot to learn in Kent, Ohio, but if you want to take yourself and your career to the next level, you need to hit the road once in a while because life abroad is transforming in just about every way.
International education ignites a passion for understanding other people and their perspectives, [which is] essential to success in our increasingly diverse world. Students with international exposure come to understand the value of dialogue between people from different cultures and between people with different points of view. They also gain an understanding of the importance of relationships, ... the foundation for meaning and success in life.For almost three decades of my career at The Coca‐Cola Company, I lived and worked in Asia. From Singapore to Tokyo to Beijing, I learned about different local cultures by living and working in those cultures. It gave me a profound respect for how people are different, and also for how we are the same.
Those experiences shaped my career in a powerful way ‐ by shaping an appreciation for the cultural and intellectual diversity in our world. I'm fortunate today to have the opportunity to lead a company that is one of the most internationally diverse organizations on earth. We operate in nearly 200 countries, do business in some 125 languages, and employ people from over 215 different nationalities. Respecting and understanding the fundamental value of diversity is vital to who we are and the way we do business. Understanding and valuing different cultures has shaped my ability to lead our business, and it's an absolute imperative for anyone who works at The Coca‐Cola Company.
-Douglass H. Daft, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca Cola Company
As important as academics were in view of my overall experience, I would say that the exposure I had to people of different cultures and ages and the increasing growth and maturity – both mental and intellectual – that resulted was an even more vital part of my overseas education. ... Each conversation with these people opened my mind a little more to a world larger and more complete than what I had known before my time abroad, and each conversation challenged my views – forced me to assess and re‐evaluate the views I held.
-Miriam Mossbarger, International Relations student, USC
-Katherine C. FitzSimons, Spanish, Journalism student, USC
No one who studies abroad remains unchanged by the experience. Part of the change that occurs is the widening of a person's intellectual horizons and a dissolving of borders and boundaries. As the late Senator J. William Fulbright put it, “nations are transformed into people.”
-Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education
-Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange
Quotations from: The Center for Global Educationhttp://www.globaled.us/now/whystudyabroadintro.html