Should you encourage your students to go abroad?

Jennifer Mukena — Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Education Abroad (University of Alberta International)

Go Abroad Fair 2016 University of Alberta

Participating in an international learning opportunity can be a life-changing experience; while immersed in another culture, an individual can learn to embrace and seek new communities while also developing the interpersonal skills that will give them an edge in our increasingly interconnected world. The world of academia is a global one, and as members of a university community, we must be willing to engaging at the global level.

That’s why University of Alberta International will be hosting the annual Go Abroad Fair tomorrow. The fair will feature several of our own faculties and departments with study abroad programs. There will also be a number of partner universities and various local, national, and international organizations on hand promote the myriad of study, work, and volunteer abroad opportunities that are available to students.

Which leads us back to the initial question at the top of this post: should you encourage your students to go abroad? The short answer is: Yes. If they can access the resources to allow them to do so, are open to new experiences, and would benefit from an expanded post-secondary environment, then absolutely encourage them to go abroad. Just in case you aren’t fully convinced yet, we’ve also prepared a short list of reasons to encourage your students to study abroad:

• At the U of A, students can participate in over 300 education programs located in more than 40 countries. The Go Abroad Fair is a great place to learn about the opportunities available.

• According to the Canadian University Survey Consortium, Graduating University Student Survey, 55% of today’s undergraduates benefit from experiential learning — such as co-ops, internships and service learning — as part of their university education.
(Source: Canadian University Survey Consortium, Graduating University Student Survey, 2015.

• Going abroad is about more than travelling. More than 80% of employers that hire recruits with international and intercultural experiences say these employees enhance their company’s competitiveness. (Sources: Leger Marketing employer survey for Universities Canada, 2014; and Canadian Bureau for International Education, A World of Learning: Canada’s Performance and Potential in International Education 2014.)

Come find out all this and more at this year’s event!

And just in case you’re wondering, the Go Abroad Fair will also be highlighting a number of international opportunities for faculty members — whether you’re interested in taking a group of students on a Faculty-led program abroad or need to know all about risk management before you go, UAI can help!

Go Abroad Fair

Thursday, September 22, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Dinwoodie Lounge

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Jennifer Mukena — Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Education Abroad (University of Alberta International)

Jennifer Mukena recently joined the U of A as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Education Abroad Program at UAlberta International. She is a Toronto native, living in and loving Edmonton.