Choosing to study abroad can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences you’ll have during your time at St. John’s. Not only are you providing yourself with the chance to explore unfamiliar surroundings, but you also have the ability to immerse yourself in a completely different culture. With SJU programs in Paris, Rome and Seville, as well as exchange programs in England, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Sweden, St. John’s provides students with so many opportunities to study abroad. Still not convinced? Here are just some of the many reasons why you should study abroad at SJU.
1. You brush up on your language skills.
The best way to learn a new language or strengthen your skills is to immerse yourself in that country. By taking classes in cities like Paris and Rome, you are able to do just that.
2. You meet diverse groups of people.
Whether you are traveling with a group of St. John’s students through Discover the World, or you are participating in an exchange program, you are guaranteed to meet people from all over the world.
3. You make lifelong friendships.
When placed in a new environment, you have the chance to meet new people and develop friendships. Because of the experiences that study abroad brings, these friendships can last a lifetime and bring with them memories that will do the same.
4. You learn to study differently.
Studying abroad can bring with it a whole new style of teaching. You learn to push yourself to think differently, and open your mind to new ways of learning.
5. You gain independence.
You learn to embrace the freedom that comes with studying abroad. This is your experience, and yours only.
6. You expand your knowledge of different cultures.
Whether you’re living in one country, or visiting many, you’re going to be exposed to so many new cultures. The languages, foods and lifestyles can be completely foreign, but it’s important to not let these unfamiliar things hold you back.
7. You discover yourself.
After you study abroad at SJU, you are guaranteed to return home with new ideas and perspectives.
8. You gain valuable life experiences.
You learn how to fit everything in one suitcase, handle unforeseen situations, be self-sufficient and find your way through new places. All of which can help you throughout life.
9. You learn to take risks.
Studying abroad at SJU is something that should be experienced to the fullest. It’s not everyday that you get to say you live in a foreign country, so take advantage of it! Open your mind to new sights and experiences and the fun will come to you.
10. You have the opportunity to study new subjects.
There are some things you just can’t get on the Queens campus. Just imagine taking Art & Architecture in France, while in Paris and Language and Culture of Spain, while in Seville.
11. You gain great experience for your resume.
A future employer will see you as self-motivated, independent and willing to embrace challenges. Your experience abroad will set you apart from the rest.
12. You get to explore new countries.
While you’ve covered the studying part, you can’t forget the fact that you’d actually be abroad! Discover the World allows students the chance to see at least three countries, with excursions to others as well, and exchange programs allow you to plan trips to other cities and countries on your own time!
13. You learn to live in a new place, not just visit.
For several months you’re actually living among locals, navigating public transit and eating local cuisines. Soon enough you’ll find that you have a second home.
14. You gain new perspectives.
As you learn to view the world from a new perspective, you also learn new things about your own country and culture.
15. You get to have a once in a lifetime experience.
Study abroad at SJU provides you with countless memories. Your journey allows you to meet new people, travel to amazing places and grow as a person. Once you graduate new responsibilities come up, so if you have the chance to immerse yourself in a new country now, take it!
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MOIRA IS A 22-YEAR-OLD BALTIMORE NATIVE WHO IS CURRENTLY STUDYING PUBLIC RELATIONS AT ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK AND SOON TO BE GRADUATING. HER PASSIONS INCLUDE TRAVELING, FOOD, MUSIC, FASHION AND WRITING. SHE’S A POP CULTURE ENTHUSIAST AND SOCIAL MEDIA JUNKIE. YOU CAN FIND HER EXPLORING NEW YORK CITY IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT INSTAGRAM SHOT.