Studying abroad is an incredibly unique experience, one that is often only offered once in a student’s life. Every year, UVM sends around 700 students on a variety of study abroad programs. For many of these students, the impact of study abroad goes beyond the excitement of traveling to a new country. Students return to UVM with added knowledge and skills that will help them academically, professionally and personally.

Academic Benefits

  • Access to different educational systems and ways of thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Language learning
  • Critical, creative, and comparative thinking skills

Career Benefits

  • Leadership skills
  • Perseverance and problem-solving skills 
  • Intercultural communication and team building skills
  • Cross-cultural competence
  • Appreciation of diversity

Personal Benefits

  • Self-reliance
  • Social skills developed
  • Independence and flexibility
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Flexibility and adaptability

For more information on the benefits of studying abroad, take a look at the following resources:


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Tokyo, Japan

“After hours of shopping for genuine ingredients and cooking Mom's recipes, Thanksgiving was a huge success feeding over 20 hungry mouths! There's nothing quite like explaining to Brits why there are marshmallows on the sweet potatoes or how pumpkin puree is made. To top it all off, we even went around the table and said what we were thankful for.”

-- Alana Carey, ISEP Exchange, England