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Why Should You Study Abroad?

At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness, to deepen their intercultural sensitivity, and to develop their intercultural competencies and cross-cultural communication skills. Studying abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year.

Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.


To gain a competitive edge in our global community, it is essential to gain understanding and expertise through first-hand experiences. Some of the benefits of studying abroad include:

Personal Growth

  • Get outside your comfort zone and see a different perspective
  • Become immersed in a different culture and develop observation, processing, and adaptation skills
  • Gain independence & self-confidence
  • Learn to navigate complex situations
  • Develop your intercultural competencies
  • Enhance your time-management, budgeting, and independent travel abilities

Academic Insights

  • Diversify HPU’s curriculum
  • Broaden class discussions
  • Navigate unfamiliar systems
  • Satisfy degree requirements, completing courses toward your major, minor, or core requirements
  • Improve language proficiency
  • Undergo service-learning, internship, and research opportunities
  • Studying abroad often solidifies students’ career goals and interests

Professional Development

  • Network globally as you build relationships with classmates, faculty, and others from around the world
  • Complete an internship for academic credit and gain valuable international work experience
  • Develop intercultural sensitivity, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Be more competitive through transferable skills such as cross-cultural communication and team-work
  • Boost your résumé and develop personally and professionally through service learning and volunteer opportunities
  • Have specific experiences to talk about on your cover letter and in interviews
  • Set yourself apart: Less than 2% of US college students study abroad before they graduate

And that is just the beginning. As you can see, participating in authentic, immersive experiences in varying cultures really can help build global life skills, setting students apart to be a well-rounded leader in our diverse, global marketplace.

Planning for a semester or summer abroad may feel like a daunting task, but the Office of Global Education will give you the tools you need to plan effectively and ensure that you are making progress in your degree. We want to make sure that you are finding programs that meet your academic, personal, and professional goals.

Whether you have decided already that you want to study abroad or are just looking for more information, there are several avenues to explore. We encourage you to explore each of the following:

 

Individualized Advising

The first step in planning any study abroad experience is to meet with a study abroad advisor. In a short, 30-minute appointment, we’ll give you important information you need to know to consider, research, and begin planning for a term abroad. In this appointment, you’ll be able to ask questions and will walk away with an overview of the study abroad planning process. Whether you are thinking of an HPU program or an unaffiliated (non-HPU) program, every student must meet with a study abroad advisor before departing applying.

 

Study Abroad Fair

Every fall, the Office of Global Education hosts a study abroad fair to showcase HPU’s partnerships and programs around the globe. Your study abroad advisor will be available to answer questions and schedule appointments to look further into what opportunities may meet your needs and goals best. For many programs, students who have studied abroad to our partner schools will be available to share their experiences. Also, degree-seeking students from our partner schools who are studying abroad to HPU will be available to talk about their home school and program leaders for our Global Experience and Maymester programs will showcase their short-term, faculty-led programs running that year. You’ll be able to see what opportunities are available and speak with the faculty who will be teaching the courses and leading the travel.

 

Web Resources

A lot information is available on the Global Education website. Especially important to prospective outbound study abroad students is the Study Abroad Student Resource Guide. Review this information closely and reach out to your study abroad advisor for questions that may arise.

We suggest that you begin planning your study abroad program at least a year before you plan to depart. Talk with your academic advisor to determine how and when study abroad best fits in your schedule. Keep in mind that courses in some majors must be completed at HPU, and some courses are available only during certain semesters.

To schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor, contact the Office of Global Education by calling (336) 841-9280 or stop by the Global Education Office in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142.