Why Study Abroad?
Studying abroad provides the opportunity to learn about yourself and your own and other cultures and to develop skills that can be very beneficial to your education and your career aspirations.
You can develop real competitive advantages over those who do not study abroad, such as
- Increased fluency in another language.
- A broader cultural perspective.
- A better understanding of the thoughts and opinions of others.
- A greater ability to achieve your goals on your own.
- An enhanced resume that will set you apart.
Earn ECCE credit
Students who register and receive a passing grade for UNI 460, 470 or 480 automatically receive ECCE Engagement Experience credit and can petition for ECCE Global Awareness credit.
What have UIS students had to say about their experiences?
In the summer of 2011 Cassie, a graduate student in Public Health, studied on a UIS short term study program in The Gambia. You can link to her blog here.
Studying abroad was a once in a lifetime experience for me. The program set up by my instructor tested us every moment along the way to try to understand the culture and the people of Peru who so graciously accepted us. This opportunity to see the world differently is paramount to furthering anyone’s education. To be able to participate in a study abroad program that uses both the Spanish language and other interdisciplinary fields like sociology, history, and anthropology in a country where many injustices are still occurring is a fabulous opportunity. Finding a study abroad program that can tie in so many interests other than interest in the Spanish language is rare. The fact that such a program can be offered at a smaller university is amazing. Being able to study abroad is something that I think everyone should try to do while furthering their education. For me, getting the scholarship made making this opportunity even easier to achieve. By having these scholarships it allows excellent students to participate in amazing programs like the study abroad trip to Peru. Many people think that studying abroad is out of their grasps because of financial reasons but scholarships like the ones offered at the University of Illinois Springfield make studying abroad dreams possible. -Kelsey Holt (participant in the 2010 Global Experience Program to Peru)
In the fall of 2009 the UIS Journal published three articles sent in from students studying abroad:
Vision statement for the Global Experience Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield:
We are part of a global web of communication, travel and trade. People, goods and ideas cross borders daily. As a public affairs institution dedicated to serving the needs and aspirations of the people of Illinois, UIS will continue to extend its vision beyond the boundaries of Springfield and Illinois in order better to prepare its students for their local and global responsibilities.
The Global Experience Program includes UIS study abroad seminars and exchange programs as well as programs administered by other universities and educational institutions. UIS has developed short-term study abroad programs in Japan, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Mexico, China, Botswana, Australia, Poland, Greece, Germany, The Gambia, Canada, Romania and the United Kingdom. Yearly offerings may vary. Additional programs in Italy, Cuba, and France are under consideration. UIS has also signed exchange agreements with universities in Japan, Mexico, France, China, The United Kingdom and Australia. Additional exchange programs in Ireland, Luxembourg and Korea are being developed. The exchange agreements permit UIS students to study at the partner institutions for a semester or year paying UIS tuition.
More information on UIS programs may be found through the links at the left. Information on the process of studying abroad through programs administered through other universities and educational institutions may be found through the Non-UIS programs link.