Study Abroad Opportunities at Averett

The Study Abroad Office is committed to strengthening international education at Averett. Our programs are designed to promote cross cultural competence, innovative scholarship, and enhance 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.

Principles: We strongly believe that study abroad benefits every student, and that these opportunities should exist for students regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.

The Study Abroad Office serves the Averett University values of engagement through the belief that international education is a unique opportunity to promote global awareness, service, and leadership.

Whether you want to study abroad for a semester, a summer, or a year, our Study Abroad Director will work with you before, during, and after your experience.

The Benefits of Studying Abroad

Today’s world is increasingly globalized, and Study Abroad can help you prepare for the realities of that globalization by exposing you to new cultures and perspectives from outside the United States. Other benefits include:

  • Earning credit towards graduation: Courses you take on a Study Abroad term fulfill general education requirements and can often count towards your major. Your financial aid and scholarships also apply to credit-bearing study abroad.
  • Experience of travel: To employers, graduates who have studied abroad are self-motivated, willing to embrace challenges, resourceful, and able to adapt to changing situations.
  • Second-language acquisition: Travel 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.
  • Developing citizenship: A Study Abroad experience can teach you independence, enhance your critical thinking, and broaden your perspective about the world—and about your own country.