Do these thoughts sound familiar?
“If I study abroad, I won’t graduate on time.”
“I can’t afford it.”
“Study abroad isn’t for students like me.”
UW Study Abroad advisers have heard these and other reasons students give for dismissing study abroad as an option. But Mike Renes, a UW Study Abroad advisor, wants students to know, “If you want to study abroad, we will help you make it happen.” Renes adds, “Among UW alumni, those who studied abroad consistently rate it as one of the best things they ever did, while those who did not study abroad rate it one of their biggest regrets.”
To put it simply, study abroad is transformative.
“Study abroad helped me develop a track record that I’m not afraid and can be successful working outside the U.S.,” shares Erika Arias ‘17, who loved study abroad so much that she went on six separate programs!
“Going into it, I had no idea how much the experience would impact me,” says Agustin Castro, an engineering major. “In addition to deepening my technical, research and communications skills, the program also boosted my appreciation of engineering history. It’s one thing to read about engineering principles and projects in textbooks, but it's a much more meaningful experience to visit places where you can see such activity in action.”
UW Study Abroad offers drop-in advising every day week day from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. That’s right, any time you’re nearby, you can just pop in to Schmitz Hall 459, have a look around, or sit down to meet with study abroad peer ambassadors. Or contact them using the chat feature on the UW Study Abroad homepage. Peer ambassadors and other advisers on staff are happy to answer your questions, talk to you about options, and help you every step of the way. Go study abroad!
The Husky Experience Toolkit is designed to help you make the most of your time at UW, wherever you are in your university career. The articles address four interconnected dimensions of the Husky Experience: Know Yourself, Know the World, Make Your Way, and Weave it Together.