Reasons to Go

Top 10 Reasons to Study Abroad

It’s the perfect time in your life

There is no better time for this experience than right now. For many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel abroad for an extended period of time before you have too many responsibilities and commitments from work, family, and relationships.

Experience a different learning environment

You’ll likely encounter a different teaching style than you're used to. Learning in a different way can offer you a new perspective and understanding of world views. Study abroad also opens the door to courses you might not have access to at UMD. Think of learning fashion design in Italy or Spanish through a cooking class in Spain!

Immerse yourself in another culture

Changing places, changes minds. Experiencing another culture and learning about their customs and values will help tear down the barriers of misunderstanding and prejudice. You will walk away from this experience with a greater ability to truly connect with people.

See the world

It goes without saying that you’ll get to see some pretty amazing places. By going on adventures and exploring new places, you’ll learn just as much outside of the classroom as you do in. Many students use study abroad as an opportunity to check items off their bucket list by traveling to neighboring countries on weekends and breaks.

Gain life skills

Being removed from the support system you’re accustomed to will allow you to gain total independence. The experiences you have will transform you into another innovation of yourself. One that is more adaptable, flexible, self-confident, empathetic, humble, and able to problem-solve.

Learn about yourself

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to challenge yourself. You will find out that you are capable of so many things that you never thought were possible for you. Being outside of your comfort zone can help you discover a new passion, talent, or hobby.

Become a better job or graduate school candidate

Studying abroad is an investment in yourself. It is a great way to refine your problem solving and time management skills while gaining international perspectives. You’ll enhance your communication skills and build a network of global contacts. Becoming a global citizen is the best (and most fun) way to stand out among applicants.

Make new friends

You will meet people from all walks of life—both locals and other study abroad students from around the world. Be open going in and push yourself to get out of your comfort zone. It will be well worth it to make lifelong friends! Not to mention, great connections for future travel or professional networking.

Discover new & tasty food

Embrace your inner foodie by trying authentic cuisine abroad. A coffee in America tastes much different than one enjoyed in Brazil. Same with chocolate in Belgium or sushi in Japan. You may also find yourself discovering food for the first time like paella in Spain or haggis in Scotland. Be open to trying new foods as they may turn out to be your new favorite dish!

If you like, learn a new language!

One major benefit of studying abroad is the chance to learn a new language. There truly is no better way to learn a language than to live in a country where it is spoken 24/7. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll pick up even if you aren’t officially studying another language.