Why Study Abroad?
By looking at this website, you are already on your way to setting yourself apart from the more than 95% of college students who will never study abroad and will only see the world from television, internet, or at most, as a tourist. This website will help put you on your path towards your international education experience. With summer, quarter, trimester, semester, and year programs in four countries and four cities, you are sure to find a program that is right for you. GSE offers courses for credit through affiliated institutions in Argentina, England, France, Italy, and Spain. Exploring this website is the first step to obtaining the many valuable benefits of an international education experience.
Studying abroad for a summer, quarter, trimester, semester, or year will give you a fresh perspective on yourself, the United States, and the world. By living in a foreign country you will constantly challenge yourself in many new and exciting ways and gain a level of independence you never knew you had. Studying abroad will expose you to diverse people and viewpoints, and you will get to experience a different way of life apart from yours in the United States. You will be immersed in the language, culture, and people of your host country and will get to experience life as a resident, not as a mere tourist.
Achieving all these things can be done while earning credit towards your current degree. GSE programs allow you to earn up to a year of language credit in only one semester or quarter. Not only can you work towards fulfilling your language requirement while abroad, but you may also fulfill several general requirements by taking electives. When you return from abroad you may actually be ahead of your classmates who stayed behind.
Today’s competitive job market requires applicants to distinguish themselves, and international education experience is the perfect way to do so. Having international education experience is an incredible resume booster, as it shows prospective employers you are motivated, independent, and generally more qualified. Additionally, obtaining foreign language skills can make you eligible for all sorts of jobs that you may have otherwise been unqualified for.
The staff at GSE is excited to bring you all of these wonderful benefits of a study abroad experience. Congratulations on taking your first steps to one of the best experiences of your life!
"I’d like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages ... and study. That’s always been a critical part of how America engages the world ... Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed."
President Barack Obama
“By studying foreign cultures and languages and living abroad, we gain a better understanding of the many similarities that we share and learn to respect our differences. …I call on … [students]… to participate in activities that increase their knowledge of and appreciation for global issues, languages, history, geography, literature, and the arts of other countries.”
President George W. Bush
"No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries..."
President Bill Clinton