JMU International Programs — OIP The Benefits of Study Abroad 2014
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What Practical Advantages Can A Study Abroad Experience Give You?

A compilation of recent studies and findings shows that:

• College graduates who studied abroad earn 25% higher starting salaries than those graduates who did not study abroad. This equates to $7,000 annually.

• 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. That means study abroad graduates were twice as likely to find a job quickly.

• 84% of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market. A second study confirms this at 85%.

• GPAs for all students tend to rise as they approach the completion of their undergraduate degree. However, students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly compared to students who stayed on their home campus. JMU students who study abroad average a higher GPA – nearly 3% – than those who do not.

• 59% of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization.

• 90% of study abroad alumni who applied got into their first- or second-choice graduate or professional school.

• Students who studied abroad had a 17.8% higher four-year graduation rate than students who did not study abroad.

• African-American students who studied abroad had a 31.2% higher four-year graduation rate.