Study abroad increases chance of getting into graduate school

The U.S. Department of Education has projected that over 1.8 million Americans will be enrolled in graduate schools next year. With all that competition, students can increase his/her chances of being accepted into graduate school by studying abroad. Roy A. Herberger, Jr., president of Thunderbird Graduate School (the top ranked international business graduate school in the U.S. by US News & World Report, 2003 and world wide in the Wall Street Journal, 2003), had the following to say about studying abroad and graduate school: “There are many reasons why we encourage students to gain experience by studying abroad, but the most important seems to be the cross cultural learning. A student who has lived in another culture (not an American enclave) learns an adaptive skill that translates to being a more effective manager.” Preparation for grad school starts in a student’s undergraduate years, but still only five percent of undergraduate students actually study abroad. By studying abroad, a student can spruce up his/her resume by demonstrating the experiences learned and knowledge of studying and/or working in a diverse environment. Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) is a study abroad provider that creates and facilitates opportunities for personal growth and global understanding through quality international education and cultural experiences. To achieve this, CEA develops relationships with study abroad offices at universities across the states and foreign universities to provide the student with the optimal level of service and preparation for his/her international experience. To learn more about studying abroad, visit

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