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Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad is much more than just a chance to have an adventure abroad. Sure, you’ll get to experience a new culture, improve your foreign language skills, and make great friends while exploring the world, but study abroad can also have a direct impact on your future employment! You’ll gain many of the skills that 21st century employers are looking for, like intercultural skills, curiosity, flexibility/adaptability, confidence, and self-awareness. Because of these skills, most study abroad alumni say that their study abroad experience led to a job offer or a promotion, and almost all say that the skills they learned abroad were important throughout their careers, particularly when they were promoted into management roles.1
Study abroad can also be affordable. Not only do almost all UMSL scholarships and other financial aid apply to study abroad programs, but the study abroad office also offers substantial scholarships for UMSL students in addition to whatever aid you might already have! There are tons of other scholarship opportunities too, both from departments on campus like the College of Business, Languages & Cultures, and the Honors College, as well as generous and prestigious external scholarships like the Gilman Scholarship, Boren Award, and Fund for Education Abroad scholarships.
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1Farrugia, Christine and Jodi Sanger. Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States, 2013-2016. New York: Institute of International Education, 2017.
- Katrina Lynn (Japan Study Tour Summer 2016): "Psychology graduate Katrina Lynn continuing her education and research in Japan."
- Kristina Medvedeva (Incoming Exchange 2014): "Return to UMSL opens world of opportunity for international MBA student."
- Mary Grace Buckley (Galway Summer 2015): "Alumna continues family tradition as Jeopardy! contestant."
- Jordan Lucas (Lancaster University Spring 2016): "Economics student gets close-up view of Washington interning in Sen. Claire McCaskill's office."
- Michael Acid (Guyana Winter 2016): "Made in Madagascar: Navy veteran, international business major, fashion designer to study coral reefs."
- Sarah Rizzo (University of Jean Moulin Fall 2014) "Knowing languages and cultures gives French and business double major the edge at Anheuser-Busch InBev"
- James Bragado (Strasbourg French Program Summer 2013) "Student center manager, history prize winner, translator: Meet graduating senior James Bragado"
- Nathan Letcher (Vilnius University 2013-2014) “UMSL and Study Abroad Alum opens brewery in Iowa City”
- Nour Saleem (Dubai Study Tour Winter 2015) “International student and two time study abroad alum makes St. Louis her home”
- Rosella Ledermann (Waseda University 2013-2014) “Academic year abroad helped this alum land a job months after returning home”
- Alexandra Lohr (China Study Tour Summer 2015) "Globetrotting MBA student lands job at KPMG"
- Marie Kenney (Lancaster University Spring 2015) "Honors graduates now classmates again while pursuing MFAs in fiction, poetry"
- Abby Naumann (Kakehashi Program Spring 2016) and Seth Huntington (University of Leipzig 2015-2016) "Two Japanese majors join faculty member for "Conflicts of Interest" symposium, art exhibition"
- Amber Scholl (Barcelona Summer 2015) "Poetry, prose and applause: UMSL Writers Group draws eager crowd to open mic night"
- Kayla Strauss (Kansai University Fall 2010) "A World of Opportunity Awaits"
- Mia Michael (Galway Irish Studies Program Summer 2012) "To Ireland and back: UMSL history alumna shares her study abroad experience"
- Michael Cash (Costa Rica Non-UMSL Summer 2010) "Students study in tropics thanks to scholarships"
- Ray and Kevin Creely (Iklaina Archaeological Dig Summer 2010) "Alumnus, son study abroad together"
- China Student Teaching Program: "History Chair Laura Westhoff honored for teaching excellence."
- Amsterdam Poster Design Summer 2017 "Gallery Visio exhibit brings design students’ Amsterdam lessons back to St. Louis"
- Kakehashi Spring 2016 "Whirlwind trip to Japan builds friendships, cross-cultural connections for 23 students"
- UMSL Study Abroad "US News ranks International Business program 12th nationally"
- UMSL MOSAIC Program "Buddy program helps international students transition to life in US"
- UMSL Study Abroad "Study abroad program offers language, cultural opportunities"
- Early Childhood Education Program in Belize Summer 2015 "Summer program Camp Starfish serves Belizean children"
- Business in Bremen Summer 2013 "Summer abroad makes for worldly UMSL business students"
- Iklaina Archaeological Dig Summer Program "20 years of Greek Studies at UMSL"
Are you an UMSL Study Abroad returnee who was in the news? Send a link to your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are traveling outside of the United States in a capacity that is not a traditional study abroad program but in some way still related to UMSL, you need to register your travel with the Office of International Studies & Programs. This includes:
- Independent research abroad
- Traveling with a faculty member
- Traveling with an UMSL student organization
- Traveling for a conference
- Any international travel sponsored or funded by UMSL
Register your travel with Triton Travel - it only takes 10 minutes.
If you have questions, contact UMSL Study Abroad at email@example.com or 314-516-7195