Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad is a unique educational and cultural opportunity that can enrich your studies and your future. 

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By studying abroad you can gain life experiences and skills that are actively sought after by employers. Attributes and competencies such as: 

  • An ability to communicate (including inter-culturally)
  • Go getting attitude
  • Problem solving / Analysing
  • Drive and resilience
  • Self-Awareness
  • Time Management
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Gaining a Global Mind-set

can all be gained and demonstrated through studying abroad. It can also bring a different perspective on your subject as well as any language skills gained.

Study Abroad can assist in developing networks and opportunities (professional or otherwise) which can last well beyond the study abroad period. Participants can draw on a wealth of beneficial experiences which can be a talking point at interview or the part of your CV that makes you stand out from the crowd. However it can also help you because...

Study Abroad students do better…

National research (International Unit and HEFCE) indicates that in most subject areas students who study abroad tend to gain better degree outcomes than students without an international experience. Also students tend to perform academically better whilst away and upon their return. It further indicates that students are proportionally more likely to have higher starting wages, more likely to go into graduate employment and less likely to be unemployed. Students who study abroad are also proportionally more likely to go onto postgraduate study.

Studying Abroad is fun…

Learning should be fun, and there is no better way to learn than by studying abroad.  Read about other Reading student's experiences living and studying abroad, all done within a supportive educational environment where you will receive support from both Reading and the host institutions. Create wonderful memories that will stay with you forever - now is the time…

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"... The value of [a student's] international experience goes beyond purely the acquisition of language- it lies in the ability to see business and personal issues from other than your own cultural perspective..." - Charles Macleod, Pricewaterhouse, UK Coopers (cited from CIHE

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