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Why is it important to study abroad?

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  • mentor picture Bill Clinton
     
    Bill Clinton
    Former U.S. President
    United States
    To continue to compete successfully in the global economy and to maintain our role as a...
    To continue to compete successfully in the global economy and to maintain our role as a world leader, the United States needs to ensure that its citizens develop a broad understanding of the world, proficiency in other languages, and knowledge of other cultures. America's leadership also depends on building ties with those who will guide the political, cultural, and economic development of their countries in the future. A coherent and coordinated international education strategy will help us meet the twin challenges of preparing our citizens for a global environment while continuing to attract and educate future leaders from abroad.
  • mentor picture Russ Feingold
     
    Russ Feingold
    Former U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
    United States
    International education is necessary for our children to remain competitive in the...
    International education is necessary for our children to remain competitive in the increasingly global economy…Because the United States is increasingly connected to foreign economies, international education and exchanges are critical for the United States workforce to remain competitive – especially to fulfill the increased need for foreign language proficiency...

    International education advances the United States’ global economic interests and has been shown to give students an advantage over their peers in the United States who have not been exposed to international experiences...
  • mentor picture Karen Parfitt Hughes
     
    Karen Parfitt Hughes
    Former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
    Before 9/11—people abroad perceived the U.S. as being uninterested in the rest of the world....
    Before 9/11—people abroad perceived the U.S. as being uninterested in the rest of the world. Our military, cultural and economic power "buy resentment around the world." It will take all of us to address that. Any American who travels abroad is an ambassador for our country, and I hope you’ll demonstrate the respect America has for different countries and cultures. I’d like more U.S. students to study abroad and more Americans to learn a foreign language.
  • mentor picture Thomas Peter Lantos
     
    Thomas Peter Lantos
    Former Ranking Member
    House International Relations Committee
    I have always believed that studying abroad provides an irreplaceable experience that...
    I have always believed that studying abroad provides an irreplaceable experience that college students carry with them the rest of their lives…International study transforms our young people and makes them citizens of the world.
  • mentor picture Barack Hussein Obama
     
    Barack Hussein Obama
    44th and current President of the United States
    United States
    So as President, I'd like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around...
    So as President, I'd like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages, and serve and study, welcoming students from other countries to our shores. That's always been a critical part of how America engages the world.
  • mentor picture Condoleezza Rice
     
    Condoleezza Rice
    Former Secretary of State
    United States
    It is really important that people around the world get to know Americans and that Americans get...
    It is really important that people around the world get to know Americans and that Americans get to know people from around the world. There are so many misconceptions about what Americans are like… really take advantage of the opportunity to get to know other cultures, to get to know other languages, to travel to other places…And, as importantly, meeting Americans when they travel abroad widens other people's horizons about us.
  • mentor picture Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
     
    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
    Former Governor
    State of California
    With our world becoming increasingly interconnected, our students need to become aware of...
    With our world becoming increasingly interconnected, our students need to become aware of global issues and international affairs. The free exchange of ideas and knowledge is vital to advancing mutual understanding, and I commend you for promoting in our young people tolerance of diverse cultures.
  • mentor picture Margaret Spellings
     
    Margaret Spellings
    Former Secretary of Education
    United States
    It is… very important to teach students about the world beyond their own countries…We...
    It is… very important to teach students about the world beyond their own countries…We must understand what motivates those whose cultures and traditions are not our own. To achieve these goals, we must teach our children international education skills, which include the learning of other languages, cultures, and traditions.
  • mentor picture Gaddi Holguin Vasquez
     
    Gaddi Holguin Vasquez
    Former Ambassador/ Representative
    United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy
    Gaddi Vasquez described an experience he had in Morocco when a man told him he didn’t look like...
    Gaddi Vasquez described an experience he had in Morocco when a man told him he didn’t look like an American because of “…the color of your skin. You don't look like an American.” Vasquez said that encounter “gave me the opportunity to talk about how my grandparents had come to the United States from Mexico, and how we had become part of the great fabric that makes our nation strong.” Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to showcase the great diversity that makes up the United States.
 
 
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