The chance to travel and see the world sounds great, but is there a benefit to your son/daughter from study abroad, other than as a chance to travel? Yes! Study abroad is not the same as a vacation overseas. There are many advantages to investing in your student's study abroad program:
Study abroad/away programs are the perfect catalyst for individual growth. Studies also show that students who study abroad/away have higher graduation rates and higher GPAs than those who do not. Students who participate in our programs have a great opportunity to increase their self-reliance and confidence.
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Results from More Is Better: The Impact of Study Abroad Program Duration.
LSU students repeatedly have made lifelong friends worldwide while participating in APA programs and exchanges. Not only do these friends offer new perspectives on life, but often offer an attractive place to stay/visit when traveling in the future: lifelong travel buddies!
Foreign and domestic study experience is viewed very positively by HR and senior management. With only 2% of the US population studying abroad, this experience sets job candidates apart from the competition. To an employer, these students are more self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and are able to cope with diverse people and situations. In fact, employers believe that the longer the program, the more value it has; and second, that they place high value on experiential learning—on programs that feature service learning and, especially, internship opportunities.
Despite a wide range of classroom courses on-campus, LSU doesn't offer everything. An exchange at a foreign or domestic university allows for experiential learning, like courses on glacier backpacking, Hawaiian volcanoes, Aboriginal history, or food and wine in Italy. Additionally, LSU faculty-led programs offer courses not available at the Baton Rouge campus that use the surrounding environment as the classroom, like Readings and Field Experiences in Irish Music!
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The most effective way to learn a language is to be immersed in a culture that speaks the language you are learning. Your student's daily interactions and conversations expose proper context, grammar, and usage. Eventually, your son or daughter will think and dream in a foreign language! Only 6% of the world's population speaks English as their first language. Being bilingual is a life and job skill that is in high demand!
The best way to learn about something is to do it yourself. Your son or daughter can preview a graduate school before he/she applies. APA has exchanges and programs with almost 400 partners worldwide. This includes 180+ partners in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Guam, and over 190 universities through international ISEP and bilateral partners. APA's summer and intersession programs likewise tour and visit foreign and domestic universities as part of courses taught by LSU faculty.