Study Abroad Office Mission Statement:
The Study Abroad Office is committed to strengthening international education at Averett. Our goal is to establish and encourage education abroad opportunities to all Averett University students as well as provide resources and support to faculty members and advisors. Our programs are designed to promote cross cultural competence, disciplinary scholarship, and foreign language acquisition. The Study Abroad office promotes academically-based experiences in support of students' personal, professional, and intellectual development, equipping them with the skills to effectively engage with both local and global communities and to become culturally perceptive citizens. The Study Abroad Director works directly with students to ensure they earn credit by studying or interning abroad for a semester, year, or summer. Because we strongly believe that study abroad benefits every student regardless of major, we are committed to providing comprehensive information and advising to students before, during, and after their international experience.
Why Study Abroad?
Earn AU credit toward graduation and your major! Study abroad fulfills Gen Ed requirements and will often count as credits toward your field of study. In addition, your financial aid and scholarships apply to short- and long-term credit-bearing travel abroad! Talk to your advisor or the Study Abroad Director for more information!
Travel experience and familiarity with a second language gives you a notable edge on the job market after college. The world is increasingly globalized; American companies increasingly invest dollars abroad, and companies from around the world continue to invest in the American market. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is selfmotivated, willing to embrace challenges, resourceful, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring another language sets you apart from other job applicants.
Immersion is an irreplaceable method of language acquisition and cannot be reproduced effectively in the classroom. Language classes can prepare you for, but not replace, immersion experiences. While studying abroad, you are surrounded by the language on a daily basis; you see and hear it in the proper cultural context.
Study Abroad is essential to developing conscientious global citizens. The experience teaches independence, combats ethnocentricity, and enhances critical thinking. Students who study abroad return home with a broader vision which includes new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their own culture, and with an informed and broader perspective toward other cultures and peoples.
Let's Get Started!
Study abroad takes planning and preparation months ahead of the actual travel. The AU Study Abroad Office will help you complete your application, figure out your financial aid package, apply for scholarships, work with your department chair and the Registrar's Office to ensure credit transfer, provide orientation and post-orientation activities. We are here to serve you and
make this one of the most memorable and important experiences of your life. Stop in to chat with Dr. Catherine Clark in 115 Student Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember the old proverb "The longest journey begins with but a single step." What are you waiting for? Take that first step today! Click here for an online application.
Not sure where you want to study? Averett, through its company affiliations, exchange programs, and faculty led study courses, offers a variety of opportunities for summer study, semester or year abroad programs in many countries. Averett has special agreements with:
Check out the links to our affiliates who have diverse programs around the globe and offer discounts to Averett students! Check out their websites for study abroad opportunities, internships, and scholarships!