College is one of the most important times in your life, and a study abroad semester can be the icing on the cake. Nearly 300,000 US students and more than 750,000 international students study abroad every year. Studying abroad improves your maturity, self-confidence, and future job prospects. Thinking of studying abroad but need a little more convincing? Here are 10 reasons to study abroad with Semester at Sea!
See the World
This is the most obvious, but also one of the most important, reasons to study abroad. College is the prime time to expand your worldview beyond your hometown and current campus. Enjoy the perfect espresso in
Italy, see world wonders like the Taj Mahal in India, and explore the mighty Amazon River. With Semester at Sea, you don‚Äôt have to choose just one place, you‚Äôll see multiple countries and continents, and get a global education to match.
More than just language, culture encompasses the way we view life, expressed through food, morals, style, and personal habits. View your own culture through a fascinating different lens as you interact with completely different ways of life than your own.
Make New Friends
Meet new people from around the world on the MV World Odyssey and in port. Connect with college students in Morocco, hear a lecture from a professor in Brazil, and forge forever friendships along the way. You‚Äôll come home with friends from all over the world, which will help when you get wanderlust again!
Craft New Interests
Ever wanted to try extreme sports like surfing and zip-lining or hone a new hobby like yoga or fiber arts? Your traditional campus might offer some of these, but with a study abroad you‚Äôre forced out of your comfort zone and more likely to take risks. Opportunities to find new passions are easy every day on Semester at Sea, whether in field programs in port or student life activities on the ship.
Gain Life Experience
Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel for an extended period of time. You may never have the chance to take time off your future job and life to travel with little commitments. Take full advantage of your college experience.
Take classes with internationally known professors who not only have superior in-class pedigrees but also hold classes in-country to really make their subject matter come alive. Don‚Äôt just learn about art history, live it in the Louvre.
Practice your self-reliance in a foreign culture and country. You‚Äôll still have school and friends on the MV World Odyssey to travel with, but you are free to plan your travel in port. Being in a foreign country with no common language is a unique experience. It tests your ability to adapt and confront the unknown.
Our favorite F word on Semester at Sea, travel, and life are all about flexibility. Practice your go-with-the-flow in a supported community of world travelers, where Plan B or even Plan C can be just as fulfilling as your first choice.
Advance Future Career
Studying abroad and traveling proves that you are flexible, independent, willing to learn, and have a global perspective. Employers find these skills and the person able to use them extremely valuable. In fact, a recent study shows that when only 50% of college graduates were able to find employment 98% of graduates with study abroad experience were hired.
The MV World Odyssey
Ever wanted to live in a hotel? Our floating campus is large enough to host classes, seminars, and student life activities, but small enough to feel like home. Study, work and play all on the top seven decks of the ship. Have lunch with your professors and go whale watching in between classes, all while enjoying the comforts of a home campus.