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Study Abroad:
A Gateway to Personal Growth and Success in the Global Community

The study abroad experience is not for every student. It is, however, for those students who seek to experience a different way of living and to find goodness, beauty, and power in the cultures of other people. It is for those students who are not afraid to take the risk of living differently, and doing so, are afforded unique opportunities of self-discovery. For, studying abroad, which often includes learning and speaking a foreign language, pursuing courses of study not available in America, and, most important, seeing the world through the eyes of other people is one of the most emancipators experiences one can have. For, studying abroad liberates one from the prisons of a one-world perspective and, if welcomed in its fullness, can be one’s path to appreciating one’s responsibilities as an American and a world citizen to contribute to global understanding and to the reduction of world conflicts. Know that the study-abroad experience is not limited to those students who are studying foreign languages, but is open to all students. Students of engineering or architecture might be interested in studying in, for example, Germany where exciting advances in both disciplines are being made. Still, students of history, political science, or biology might be interested in pursuing courses of study in Africa, the Middle East, or South America – those parts of the world which have critical needs and are playing important roles in how America will direct or re-direct its international initiatives in the future. You are the future, and you must be at the table at which decisions affecting these parts of the world are made. You can only be part of the decision-making, if you begin to take advantage of the opportunities offered to you through study abroad. We have designed this site to provide answers to questions you might have about how to make study abroad a part of your education at Howard University. Answers to questions about academic credit, admission, costs, financial aid, and expectations can be found here. Peruse this site carefully and, if studying abroad is something that you would like to pursue, discuss it with your family, academic advisor, and those students who have returned from abroad. Having done that, you should come to the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center in order to discuss your interests with Ms. Betty J. Aikens, Director, Office of Study Abroad. Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience and, if planned and executed properly, can be the beginning to your becoming a truly educated individual!