Manufacturing, research, and development have traversed the globe, impacting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to become more global. Twenty-first century engineers need to be adaptable. Yet this is not the only reason to travel abroad. Contact with a new culture allows for new problem-solving skills, as well as perspective. Many students say studying aboard was critical to their college career.
Studies show that by 2035 English will not be the most popular language. Many of the current industry headquarters will be located outside of the U.S. Today’s Fortune 500 companies increasingly prefer to hire graduates with international experience.
Many engineering projects have become global in scope and require global knowledge and skills. Multinational corporation products are very likely assembled with parts from different countries. The financial well being of a company, and even the stability of a nation, rely much more on this interdependent global economy.
Top Ten Reasons to Study Abroad
1. Understanding your Major in a New Way
Students studying abroad gain a new understanding of their major because of the different teaching styles at other universities. The focus of research will also likely be different from Rose-Hulman, as well as specialties. This allows for a new understanding of cutting-edge issues as well as rekindling excitement for various topics.
2. Financially Possible
Study abroad is not as cost prohibitive as some people may think. With partner universities, Rose-Hulman students do not pay Rose-Hulman nor the visiting institution tuition. Other costs, such as living expenses or air flights could be covered by a Global Experience Fellowship or other scholarships.
3. Wider Variety of Classes Available
Is there a specialty subject that you would like to study more in-depth that isn’t offered on a regular basis? It doesn’t matter if the class is a humanities- or science-based course, most classes can transfer for credit to Rose-Hulman .Check out class schedule page and how to transfer credit page to find out more.
4. Independence and Confidence
Moving to a new place—just as when you came to Rose-Hulman for the first time—can be a intimidating experience. Yet these experiences help us to grow and make bold choices later in life, whether it’s taking a new job or starting an enterprise of our own. Studying abroad may add some challenges to learning, but with a great support network at the host university and Rose-Hulman Global Programs, you are not alone.
5. Learn what Engineering, Science and Mathematics Means in Different Places
A science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education means different things in different countries. In certain countries, being an engineer has strict requirements set by the government. The focus of the major in two different parts of the world, could result in completely different work. By studying in a different country, a student can learn what an scientist, engineer, or mathematician really is and how they impact the world around them.
6. Learn a Foreign Language
Studying abroad gives a student the ability to practice and learn a foreign language. Even if it is just simple conversation, the ability to practice a language in its homeland allows for greater fluency and confidence. Most engineering classes are taught in English at host institutions, but most offer entry-level language courses, so you have the opportunity to learn the language.
7. Cultural Experience
Understanding why and not just how things work is very important to STEM majors. Often, design choices are made because of culture and how local people will interact with a product changes drastically depending on the region. Firsthand experience with new places allows students to learn not just how to create something, but how it can fit into a lifestyle.
8. Experience Different Types of Food and Activities
There is more to learning than just what is in the classroom. Experiencing the culture and the people—food, festivals, activities—give you an opportunity to really experience another part of the world.
9. Deeper Understanding of Global Events
Whether it is government change, new scientific advancement, or a historic find, all of these are part of the human experience. Many people do not know about other locations of the world or how a major event in a different part of the world affects them. By living in a new community, you can see the real impact of change first hand.
10. Learn What it is to be an American (or Any Other Nationality)
What is an American, or for that matter, what does it mean to be a member of a different nation? As a student who studies abroad, no matter what part of the United States that you are from, you instantly are a representative of all of it. Just as you probably have never met a person from the country you are visiting, many have never met a person from your home country, either. This allows you to see what stereotypes are projected, but also you can affect how others view the United States in a global setting.