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The 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 abroad.

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.

Outstanding Academics 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 programs.

Study 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.

Study Abroad Academic Outcomes

The 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 researchers discovered:

  • Those students who studied abroad were more likely to graduate within four years (49.6 %) compared to students in the control group (42.1 %). 
  • 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 abroad.
  • 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.

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The CIEGE Office is located at 172 W. Main St, Westerville, OH 43081

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Summer)

Phone: 614-823-3263

Center for International Education and Global Engagement
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081


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