#10 - Deepen relationships.
Particularly with our faculty-led programs, there's no doubt you'll get to know your professors on a deeper level. New friendships, greater respect and understanding for others, and increased camaraderie are some of the wonderful benefits of studying abroad on a short-term program.
#9 - Appreciate other cultures.
There's no way to experience a new culture from inside the classroom. Traveling to exciting places is the best way to gain insight into the day-to-day activities, social norms, customs and practices of other countries. From grocery shopping with your dog to eating with chopsticks, you'll experience "normal" everyday activities in a whole new way!
#8 - Build your confidence!
Navigating railway stations and street maps in a foreign place can be frustrating and time-consuming. With patience and practice, you can hone your traveling skills and learn to feel comfortable and confident in a new city. Whether traveling alone or in a group, you can't beat the satisfaction of knowing how to get around. Every day brings a new set of adventures - are you up for the challenge?
#7 - See globalization in action.
For better or for worse, the world is becoming a smaller place. By studying abroad, you can see firsthand the effects that technology and innovation are having around the globe, changing the face of education, business and everyday life. How far away from home do you really feel?
#6 - Perfect (or try) a new language!
Whether you're aiming for fluency or just trying to order your meal correctly, studying abroad through any of our four types of programs is a great way to strengthen your linguistic skills. Increased knowledge of a foreign language can make your interactions with the locals much more meaningful, and your experience more challenging, and fun!
#5 - The sights and eats!
There's no denying that some of the most exciting aspects of traveling abroad include museum visits, shopping, and trying local cuisine! A country's culture and history can easily be seen - and eaten - through architecture, artwork, and food. Leonardo DaVinci's "David," the Mona Lisa, and Gaudi's Sagrada Familia are just a few examples of must-see trademarks for Italy, France and Spain. Let's not forget the gelato, crepes and tapas!
#4 - Get course credit.
All four types of programs that we offer give you the opportunity to gain discipline-specific course credit. You can travel on short-term faculty-led trips to the Galapagos Islands for Biology credit, Yap for Environmental Science credit, or Argentina for History credit. International internships offer both language and internship credit (depending on the program), and course credit can be transferred back to Queens from a semester abroad. Experiencing what you learn in the classroom takes your education to a whole new level.
#3 - The possibilities are (almost) endless!
There are some cities, like Paris, Rome, and Barcelona that a lot of people dream of seeing one day. What about the cities in South Korea, Turkey, Bulgaria, or Uruguay? Through ISEP especially, you can travel to places that you might not have the opportunity to go to otherwise. All corners of the world offer beautiful, meaningful, and exciting cultures that are just as worthy of exploring as more popular destinations. Expand your horizons!
#2 - Get the edge.
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. International experience is the most fun way to get an edge over your competition in the job market. By adding language proficiency or international internships to your resume, you're telling future employers that you have a global perspective with experience to boot. Compared to students who don't take advantage of travel opportunities, you've got a leg up!
#1 - YOLO.
As Drake so eloquently pointed out, you only live once. Why not take advantage of the programs we offer? The Queens JBIP fund is a unique feature of our program, and enables students to travel at a significantly reduced cost, and as part of their curriculum. Travel dates for specific programs are flexible, you can stay on track to graduate on time, and save some money all at the same time. All of these facets of our programs beg the question - why wouldn't you go abroad?