UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The benefits of studying abroad range from expanding students’ world views to helping them find a career after graduation. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will join the University's Office of Global Programs to showcase education-abroad opportunities during Study Abroad Week, slated for Jan. 20-24 at the University Park campus.
The week's events will include information sessions on study-abroad programs, application procedures and funding opportunities, among other topics.
“Study Abroad Week gives students a deeper understanding of what it’s like to study abroad and provides them with the chance to speak one-on-one with education-abroad advisers and international program and internship representatives,” said Ketja Lingenfelter, assistant director for student global engagement in the college's Office of International Programs. She encourages any student who is interested in study abroad to attend the fair.
According to Melanie Miller Foster, assistant teaching professor of international agriculture, international experience helps students to develop knowledge about the world and skills to operate effectively in a global society. She said studying abroad gives them a space in which they can discover how to translate their knowledge and ideas into action.
Another benefit is career enrichment, noted Lori Connelly, director of experiential learning and career services for the college. In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 97 percent of study-abroad alumni find jobs within 12 months of graduation compared to just 49 percent of the general population of recent graduates.