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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Diversity,
Identity,
Culture

Male Students Abroad

Historically, more women have studied abroad than men.  About two out of three students who study abroad are female and experts believe there are multiple academic and cultural reasons for that split.  Many people are now working to close that gap because male students can also gain many academic and professional advantages from pursuing international experiences.

Aaron Bruce, SDSU's chief diversity officer, encourages students — especially African-American men — to study abroad because it "opens up amazing doors" of opportunity. The benefits of study abroad are numerous, from expanding global knowledge to gaining personal development to offering an edge in the job market.

Take courses towards graduation requirements

The historical reason for more women studying abroad may be that programs were originally only available to students in foreign languages, humanities and social sciences. However, there are now excellent opportunities for students to study abroad in business, sciences, engineering, and other technical fields...and, with sufficient planning, stay on track to graduate!

Photo: Aaron Bruce talks with students about study abroad

Seize the opportunity 

Study abroad can be one of the standout activities of your undergraduate academic experience, a truly transformational experience that makes you a stronger individual.  

Yes, study abroad can definitely be more than a cultural eye-opener. It can be a door-opener!

Take the challenge

Cetain aspects of studying abroad can be personally and culturally challenging, there is no doubt, but the outcomes are very rewarding.  Exploring new environments, meeting new people and confronting new ideas all lead to satisfying and valuable experiences.

Be prepared for the global marketplace

Today's employers are seeking out culturally diverse and experienced employees who can work effectively in an increasingly global marketplace.

The SDSU Career Services office and the College of Business Administration have compiled information to help you understand how you can highlight your international experience in an interview, cover letter, or résumé.

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