Challenge of Studying Abroad
A study abroad experience
changes you. You come back to the United States a different person challenged
by what you have experienced and learned, both in and out of class.
You learn about
language, culture and customs of your host country and how the U.S. is viewed
Returning students say
they are confident in their abilities and knowledge of the world, America,
and themselves. Their values and goals are clarified, their leadership skills
and confidence developed to help them make changes in their communities.
Your transformation is made
possible in part by outstanding academic programs. Quality academics form the
core of all Otterbein programs abroad. Language and cultural immersion
programs are designed to make you fluent in a second language, to help you
develop relationships with your hosts and to foster mutual understanding.
Classes are available at
most sites in art, literature, history, political science, and business. Our
partner universities in English- speaking countries were chosen on the basis
of their academic quality.
Studying abroad is more
than just participating in classroom activities, however. The exciting and
interesting excursions, trained and supportive staff and lists of services
and amenities enhance the learning opportunities on Otterbein’s international
in More than One City
Some study programs
allow you to study in more than one city, sail around the world on a ship,
provide service to local communities, or to intern abroad.
Learn about your host,
your country and yourself. Take the challenge.
Abroad Academic Outcomes
results of a ten year study conducted by the Georgia Learning Outcomes of
Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative (GLOSSARI) have recently been
shared with the public. Researchers studied the performance of students from
universities in Georgia who studied abroad with similar students who
completed their studies on campus (control group). Among their findings
- Those students who studied abroad were more likely to graduate
within four years (49.6 %) compared to students in the control group
- 88.7% of study abroad students graduated within six years versus
83.4% of the control group.
- African Americans who studied abroad experienced 31%
higher graduation rates within four years than African
Americans in the control group.
- There was also a greater increase in GPA for study abroad
participants (mean GPA increased from 3.24 prior to going overseas to
3.30 after) versus the control group (mean GPA increased from 3.03
to 3.06 over the same period).
- Through pre-tests and post-tests researchers found that study
abroad participants gained more functional knowledge of cultural
practices and cultural contexts compared to those who did not study
- Students who venture abroad received a more conceptual learning
experience allowing them to see the big picture as opposed to only the
facts as was found to be common on campus.
For full article visit http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/13/abroad