Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Why Study Abroad?

Studying abroad is an important part of undergraduate education, with the potential to yield enormous benefits in academic, career and personal development. Undertaking a study abroad program takes careful planning.

Think about your reasons for pursuing a study abroad program. It is important to understand that simply living in another country does not merit academic credit. You need an academic purpose for studying abroad. You will receive academic credit for your study abroad period upon successful completion of your program.

Ask yourself:

What are my goals in studying abroad?
Do I hope to increase my language proficiency?
Do I want to engage in active learning or research opportunities?

Clark offers programs that involve each or all of these areas.

If your primary motivation is simply to "get away" or to experience another culture through travel, you will be better served by traveling on your own rather than by participating in a formal study program. So ask yourself whether a period of foreign study will complement and expand upon your academic program at Clark. Your faculty advisor and the Office of Study Abroad Programs are available to discuss this important issue in detail.

Once you've decided that a period of studying abroad will enhance your academic plans and goals, you then need to decide where you want to study, for how long, and at what point in your academic program you should go.