Why Study Abroad

​​​Studying abroad adds an invaluable cross-cultural dimension to any student's academic experience and is one of the best ways to cultivate the tools and skills necessary to thrive in today's global society. When you study abroad, you are building lifelong friendships and relationships, having one of a kind real-world experiences, and giving yourself the advantage to succeed in college and beyond.

Still thinking about it? Here are a few reasons why you should.

Add to your resume

Today's employers are looking to hire graduates with an international perspective, cross-cultural communication skills and the tools to thrive in an unfamiliar environment. Studying abroad is the best way to cultivate and demonstrate those skills to future employers and enrich your resume or graduate school application.

Enhance your education

Study abroad offers the unique opportunity to gain a new perspective on your own culture and experiences. CMU's study abroad program allows students to take new and different courses in more than 40 countries on 6 continents – so whether you want to study sculpture in Florence or philosophy in Hong Kong, the world is your classroom.

Learn a foreign language

Employers are in search of employees who are fluent in multiple languages. CMU offers several options for intensive language programs, classes taught in foreign languages and an option to learn languages not available on campus.

Experience the world

Studying outside the United States provides you with a cultural perspective that is vital in today's global society. When you study abroad, you get the opportunity to live and learn alongside citizens in your host country, taking part in local customs and traditions and learning about a new culture from a first-hand point of view in a way that shorter trips simply don't allow.

Grow as a person

Studying abroad will test your ability to adapt and learn in a new environment. It will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you academically and personally. You will be faced with new situations and an unfamiliar environment that will test your ability to learn, adapt and grow and in the end you will come away with a more sophisticated view of the world and a broadened cultural perspective.

Make lifelong friends

Study abroad allows you to meet people from all cultures and countries. You will develop friendships and connections around the globe that can last a lifetime. We encourage students to really dive into the culture of their host country while there and come away with invaluable relationships and connections.

It's accessible

Study abroad doesn't have to be expensive. There are many options for lowering the cost, including scholarships and financial aid. Visit our Funding Study Abroad​ page for more information.

More students are studying abroad than ever before. CMU offers more than 150 programs in 40 countries for nearly every major and minor. Join the nearly 600 CMU students who study abroad annually. Don't be left behind!