If you’re a high school or college student interested in studying abroad, you’re probably familiar with the more obvious “pros.” You’ll have the opportunity to explore a new place and culture, of course, and it’s easy to see how broadening your horizon would lead to a wider, valuable new perspective. But did you realize that studying abroad could also help to advance your career?
More and more employers are recognizing the benefits of studying abroad and are actively seeking out candidates with study abroad experience. Here are four reasons why studying abroad can help advance your career.
Across the country, universities are feeling a pinch. The cost of operating a university is rising, and increases in tuition can’t keep up. Across the country, students are also feeling a pinch. Tuition is rising, and the long-promised value of a higher degree is becoming more dubious for some as student debt, unemployment and under-employment rates soar.To combat these issues, universities and third party companies have placed higher education under the microscope—questioning, analyzing, and experimenting with new models.
While the reform in vogue changes year-to-year, the largest changes of the past decade have centered around online learning. From 2U
enabling universities to put their own degree programs online, to the MOOCs offering university courses to the world for free, to the emergence of the Minerva Project
, the most prominent trends have been spurred by the digital age. These initiatives largely take the same structural approach to teaching but have moved the medium of instructional delivery online. Many see online learning as a potential catalyst for the unbundling of universities as students choose to pick-and-choose which elements of a higher education experience they need.
Meet Matt, a Georgetown undergrad who decided to take a semester off to go through our Web Development Immersive course in Sydney. We caught up with Matt to hear about his experience.
1. Tell us about your decision to take WDI. What made you want to switch things up?
One of the reasons I decided to take a break from school was that I was unsure I wanted to stick with my major. I was a Government major at Georgetown University, but knew I had other interests, so I took the opportunity to go and explore them. Heading back to Georgetown in the fall (for Junior year) I am going to keep the Government major and add a Computer Science minor.