November 29, 2021

Purdue ag offers study abroad programs to students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Adventure awaits students who participate in one of the many study abroad programs offered at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.

“There are over 400 different programs to study abroad while you’re at Purdue,” said Kara Hartman, study abroad manager at International Programs in Agriculture, during Celebrate International Week.

“There are different types of programs with different lengths of time you can study abroad. You can study abroad for a semester, long-term summer, short-term summer, spring break or winter break.”

8 Reasons To Study Abroad

1. Enhance life. Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for personal growth that will affect a student for the rest of their life. Lives are transformed as students become more self-aware of who they are and what defines them.

2. Earn academic credit. The courses that are taken abroad transfer back to Purdue as credits and grades. Students can fulfill requirements for their major, minor or elective coursework. Some programs offer hands-on learning to enhance the academic experience.

3. Make new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Expand employment opportunities. Students invest in their future when they study abroad since it sets them apart from others in the job market. The skills gained abroad give an advantage in just about any career field.

5. Take advantage of the affordable opportunity. Financial aid, scholarship, grants and loan amounts vary on the length of the program.

6. Increase understanding of the world.

7. Gain valuable life skills. Through study abroad, students gain enhanced skills in leadership, collaboration, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking. Many of the personal benefits include increased self-confidence, independence, self-sufficiency, patience, adaptability, cross-cultural communications skills and a willingness to take on new challenges.

8. Improve foreign language skills.

For more information, visit ag.purdue.edu/ipia/studyabroad.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor