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Why Travel Abroad?

On this page: Learn about the many reasons it's great to spend time abroad as a Liberal Studies major.


Why travel abroad? Because . . .

1. It's a Liberal Studies requirement

SDSU and the Liberal Studies Program recognize that student participation in approved international experiences is a transformational educational experience. Toward that goal, the Liberal Studies major includes a travel requirement.

Since 2011, Liberal Studies majors must fulfill the International Experience Requirement. Possibilities range from a multi-day experience to a semester or even a year abroad. Students are encouraged to participate in experiences arranged specifically for Liberal Studies, or they may choose from myriad other opportunities.

The International Experience Requirement is fulfilled through completion of a course of 1 or more units which involves travel.

2. Discover new ways to adapt, grow, and gain perspective

You'll learn flexibility, adaptability and new ways of doing things as you adjust to living in a new culture. And you'll learn to see the United States from a different perspective.

3. Develop communication skills and cross-cultural competence

Learn to communicate effectively and work with groups of diverse backgrounds. Develop cross-cultural competence that will set you apart on a resumé, in a job interview, and in a future career teaching a diverse classroom.

4. Explore opportunities to pursue personal goals

Explore personal goals such as learning a new language or becoming more fluent, exploring a culture related to your ancestry, learning about the art and music of your host country . . .

5. See the world! Have fun!

Travel is always exciting. In addition to learning, growing, and experiencing a new way of life, you're bound to find fun and adventure!

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Explore more reasons to travel abroad on the International Student Center website.

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"Travel is fatal to bigotry, racism, and narrow mindedness.”

—Mark Twain
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