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Students who study abroad often learn more about themselves, their values, and their own culture than could ever be accomplished on their home campuses. While learning about other countries and cultures, students become more independent, self-reliant, and self-confident (M. (n.d.). Five Ways Studying Abroad Can Benefit You. Retrieved from

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) surveyed alumni from all IES study abroad programs from 1950 to 1999.  Regardless of where students studied or for how long, the data from more than 3,400 students show that study abroad is usually a defining moment in a young person’s life and continues to impact the participant’s life for years after the experience (Dwyer, M. M., Ph.D., & Peters, C. K. (n.d.). The Benefits of Study Abroad. Retrieved from