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Why Go Abroad?

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Why Go Abroad?

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Experience academics from new perspectives

Coursework is available for ALL majors offered at CU Boulder – even yours! With study abroad it’s possible to earn major, minor, certificate, A&S core, MAPS, and/or general elective credit. All while staying on track with your degree!

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Improve your job prospects

International experiences can boost your earning potential and help your career! Gain marketable international experience, and/or improve your proficiency in a second language. Some other ways that education abroad can help give you a leg up against the competition include:
  • Demonstrating adaptability to employers and graduate schools
  • Gaining and honing entrepreneurial skills
  • Making connections for future international travel and/or work
  • Increasing skills in cross-cultural communication & awareness, problem-solving, and leadership
  • Participating in an internship or research program for practical, on-the-job experience
Learn more on our Career Relevance page!

Because it's so much more than studying

Immerse yourself in the local culture with a service-learning or volunteer opportunity while staying on track with your degree. Complete an international internship or participate in a research project to gain practical, hands-on experience in your field. So much of what you will learn and experience happens outside of the classroom, as you explore and adapt to your new environment.

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See the world!

This hardly needs to be said - but this is an incredible opportunity to travel, explore and broaden your experience and perspectives. For many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only visit a new place, but to actually get to live there. It involves building new friendships, trying new food, experiencing different cultures, and learning more about yourself, all at the same time. 

Education Abroad has almost 400 programs across 65 countries, on all 7 continents. The world awaits!

It can work with your budget

You have lots of affordable options to choose from! Programs range from comparable to the cost of a semester at CU Boulder for an in-state student to more than the cost of a semester for an out-of-state student. We will help you find a program that works for your budget.
  • Federal, state and CU Boulder financial aid will automatically apply to approved study abroad programs.
  • There are many scholarships available, including need-based, merit-based, for certain majors, regions, student groups and more!
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But don't just take it from us:

"Yes, I miss some of the amenities from back home. My kitchen, my chai. My house. My family and friends. The snow dusting the tips of the flatirons in the morning. But it doesn't matter because I can have those things for the rest of my life, and this experience, where I am now, is so much more than just a semester in a different place. It's the experience of a lifetime." - Chile participant

"I think that being able to branch out, see new places and experience new things is incredibly important because it breaks down biases, prejudices and stereotypes. [...] I now know who I am more than ever, and who I want to be. Traveling to so many new places really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to dive deep within myself to find my true character. This experience is only the beginning, and I hope to continue to push myself, meet new people, see new places, and experience new things." - Semester at Sea participant

"Without a doubt studying abroad helped me secure my full-time job immediately after graduation. The time I spent in Nicaragua prepared me with skills attractive to employers such as the ability to adapt in unstructured situations and work independently as well as increased Spanish fluency. In my job interview I was asked about my time abroad, and I know this experience gave me an edge over other candidates.” - Nicaragua participant

Want to hear from other students? Reach out to your Ed Abroad Program Manager and ask if you can be connected to program alumni!

Ready to learn more? Let's get started!

"Student on bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland" photo by Lou Abecassis
Last updated June 2024