Sonoma State University offers many different opportunities for students to study away as a part of their academic experience! All SSU students can study away, and should consider making it a part of their college experience! The Global Engagement Office (GEO) helps students from advising on program and location options to starting their application and then preparing students for their study away experience! GEO also assists students while they're studying away and when they return to ensure they have a successful and beneficial experience!
Study away enhances your education.
Study abroad adds a new perspective to your studies. You will see things from another point of view, which will help you to develop your analytical and critical thinking skills.
Study away builds your résumé.
In an age of global economies and information super-highways, the unique, international experience acquired while living abroad provides students with a competitive edge that sets them apart in the job market.
Study away leads to developing your self-awareness.
We sometimes impose limitations on ourselves, curbing our progress toward our goals. By leaving the familiar behind to encounter different people and places we gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Study away teaches understanding of another culture.
Living and learning in another culture in the midst of the unfamiliar adds to our understanding of the variety of cultures in our world and gives us maturity and perspective that can be gained in no other way.
There are lots of opportunities for students to get abroad after graduating too! Be sure to check out our WIVA page!