Why Study Abroad?

Break away from campus, and learn and grow in ways you never imagined!

Bring Your Studies to Life

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton with physics courses at Cambridge. Trace the rise of Peter the Great in Russia's "Crown Jewel," St. Petersburg. Witness globalization in action in Goa, India.  Immerse yourself in the ecology and geology of Galway, Ireland. Practice Mandarin in Beijing. Join a service learning project while exploring the social history of Cape Town, South Africa. Language, art, religion, politics, social issues, government, and history come alive when the world is your classroom.

Open Your Eyes to Fresh Perspectives

Challenge your assumptions. Reconsider what's "normal" and notice what you take for granted -from how to greet a stranger to how a country is governed. Exposure to new cultures, languages, and ideas will enable you to examine your own beliefs, and see the world in a new way. Hear how one student learned more about the world around her through study abroad.

Expand Your Professional Options

Be distinctive. Less than 2 percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad- yet universities, businesses, government agencies, and NGOs are all seeking candidates with international experience and cross-cultural communication skills. The skills you gain abroad will give you an edge in graduate school and your career. A March, 2012 IES Abroad survey revealed that nearly 90% of study abroad alumni secured a job within the first six months after graduation!

Engage with the World

Gain first-hand knowledge of the world beyond U.S. borders. Witness global trends, geopolitics, cross-cultural encounters, and history where they happen. Practice what it means to live in a global and interconnected world. Meet people from backgrounds entirely different than your own. Memories and friendships forged overseas often last a lifetime.

Escape from the Everyday

Study abroad is non-stop adventure that introduces you to new places, peoples, tastes, sights, and sounds.

So Go Ahead... GO GLOBAL!

Visit the places you've only seen in pictures, learn about another culture, improve your foreign language skills, make new friends, develop intellectual pursuits, explore new perspectives, and enhance your resume. Go anywhere and study anything, for a summer, a semester, or a year.  William & Mary administers nearly 40 different study abroad programs in over 20 countries. And if we don't offer what you're looking for, we can help you find a program that does.  Stop by the Reves Center to meet our staff and get started on your journey!