Why study abroad? More like, why not?
Did you know that more and more students are jump starting their careers abroad? Although the U.S. economy is showing signs of strength, many recent graduates and young professionals are opting to pursue further education, jobs, and research opportunities abroad. And, these places want Boston's students!
Take Barcelona for example. Barcelona is Boston's "Sister City," which means the two cities have an agreement to exchange people, ideas, culture, technology, and education. And, the city has seen a major increase in U.S. visas from 2001 to 2010.
To attract Boston's young and bright, the Barcelona City Council launched a Do It in Barcelona campaign, in which Boston's Sidewalk Sam is creating a series of six chalk drawings over the course of three weeks (in this weather!) to tell students and young professionals about the benefits of coming to Barcelona. Two of these drawings were done in Harvard Square and Kendall Square in January, and the next three are still TBD. I bet Kenmore is on the list! This shows that it might be tough going for employment in the states, but other countries are competing for our city's students.
So, what can you do to take advantage of this situation? Duh, study abroad! Or, if you're a senior and/or have already studied abroad, think about going back after graduation. I spent six months living in Melbourne, Australia, and I can't imagine my college experience without that opportunity. Employers love seeing applicants with these kinds of experiences. Having study/work abroad experience shows you're not afraid to throw yourself into something new and unfamiliar.
Make sure to attend the COF study abroad fair on Thursday, February 10, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. in the MassArt Tower Building Lobby. Simmons' Education Abroad Office also has a number of information sessions in February:
Tuesday February 8, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Special Functions Room (C-124)
Wednesday February 16, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. in L-428
Thursday February 24, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. in L-428
If you still can't make one of these, or need a bit more convincing, you can visit the Education Abroad Office in the MCB, room C-313. Call 617-521-2128 to schedule an appointment, or send them an email with your questions. Applications to study abroad for summer and fall semesters are due on March 10.