Why Study Abroad?

Aurora Borealis over a glacier lagoon in Iceland

Enhance your career prospects

Gain life experiences and skills that are actively sought after by employers. These can be talking points at interviews or a section on your CV that helps you stand out from the crowd. Students who go abroad are 20% less likely to be out of work, 10% more likely to be in ‘graduate jobs’ 6 months after graduation, and are 7% higher average wage earners 6 months after graduation, compared to those who don’t go abroad.*


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Skills acquired often include:

  • Adaptability
  • A go-getting attitude
  • An ability to communicate (including interculturally)
  • Problem-solving / analysing
  • Drive and resilience
  • Self-awareness
  • Time management
  • Planning and organisation
  • Gaining a global mind-set

*UUKi (2017) Gone International: Mobility

Add a new dimension to your degree

Bring a different perspective to your subject by studying in a different cultural context.

Expand your networks

Develop networks and opportunities (professional or otherwise) which can last well beyond the Study Abroad period.

Learn a language 

Depending on where you go, you could learn to speak another language or improve your existing skills. 

Enrich your degree

Study Abroad students do better – students who go abroad are 19% more likely to gain a 1st in their degree.

*UUKi (2017) Gone International: Mobility

Challenge yourself

Gain confidence and experience by pushing yourself beyond your usual comfort zone. You’ll often find you learn the most from the more challenging situations you face.

Have fun!

Learning should be fun, and there is no better way to learn than by studying abroad.  Read about other Reading students’ experiences living and studying abroad, all done within a supportive educational environment with support from both Reading and the host institutions.