Studying abroad allows you to complement and expand your education outside of CMC. It can augment and deepen your academic experience through studying foreign languages, encountering other cultures, gaining new perspectives on America, the world, and yourself, and observing daily life in other countries. CMC does not administer its own study abroad programs. Instead, the Off-Campus Study Committee, a CMC faculty-led committee, has systematically reviewed and approved many programs worldwide based upon CMC student majors and interests, academic credentials, reputation of the host program, and exemplary student safety procedures and protocols. We consistently re-evaluate these programs based on feedback from student participants. Slightly over half of all CMC students have studied abroad by the time they graduate, and students have found that the international experience that they have gained through study abroad enhances their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Go abroad with an open mind. Inevitably, not everything goes according to plan. Some of the most fun experiences that allowed me to grow as an individual occurred when I lease expected it. Learning to be flexible helped me rise above some challenging moments when I had to take a step back and begin to appreciate the initially frustrating aspects of my host country. Lastly, finding a balance between school and free-time is a must, as overemphasizing one or the other can leave you feeling less-than-fulfilled.
-Kayla Nonn, Rome, Italy
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