By living and studying in a foreign culture, you also learn about how people in other countries think, live, and do business. In addition, you can begin to build up an international network of contacts that will be of value once you enter the working world. Furthermore, a study abroad experience forces you to be innovative and independent, take initiative, and make new friends. It is not always easy, but it is most definitely challenging and builds character.
Last but not least, study abroad is FUN! Students learn about the ways and customs of another country, from its folk songs and dances, to its business practices, educational methods, and its etiquette and cuisine. Students often rave about their experiences and applaud the educational benefits.