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Why graduates should consider studying abroad?
Foreign Language Skills – Maintaining a proficient level of vocabulary and conversational skills in a foreign language requires one to be constantly exposed to it. If knowing a foreign language is an important part of a student’s major, or if there is just a desire to learn a foreign language, studying abroad is a great way to learn, practice and expand on your skills.
Focus on Your Studies: Studying abroad offers a change in environment, but also offers students access to new resources that may not have been as easily accessible. Utilizing free libraries and museums, speaking with the locals and getting a first hand experience within a new culture are some examples. CIE offers a wide range of programs that allow for students to capitalize on the resources available from the host country and the host university all while being completely immersed in their studies, and all while embracing the host country’s culture.
Expand Your International Network: Graduate students have more than one occasion to expand their network within their respective fields, but studying abroad also gives them another unique opportunity to expand their network. Studying abroad provides the opportunity to build relationships with students, professors, future employers and more, boosting the students’ networks for possible future career or research collaboratives.
Important Things to Consider
Language Requirements: Some of CIE’s study abroad programs have language requirements, but there are also various programs that do not. This may be a good chance for graduate students to brush up on their foreign language skills, or this could be an opportunity to take courses to help supplement their studies while abroad.
Planning & Timing: Planning to study abroad can be a process in terms of making sure courses match up with the graduate academic plan, making sure that credits taken abroad can be transferred and finally making sure that time is also factored into the plan. The Graduate Advisors are a very important resource when it comes to working on a study abroad plan and how the timing will affect the selected graduate track.
Funding: Studying abroad is a great opportunity for many reasons, but the cost is a common factor in why students don’t study abroad. It may sound daunting, but CIE has some resources that all students can use to fund their program. Additionally, CIE highly recommends talking to a Financial Aid Specialist about funding options. Graduate studnets can also be proactive by doing additional research for scholarships, fellowships and more.
Considerations While Abroad
If you choose a non-UWM program, you will receive transfer credit, and you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to CIE.
Electives can be easily completed while abroad. Another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted as degree or certificate requirements or upper level electives. Check out the Course Equivalency page.
Asking the right questions is very important when deciding what program works best for your degree and/or certificate. The Study Abroad team recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist.