The experience of living abroad for an extended period is life changing. At the same time that living abroad helps students discover new things, it helps them redefine their own sense of identity and personal values.
Faculty in the Program for East Asian Studies strongly encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Studying abroad allows students to apply, experiment, and refine their classroom knowledge through interactions with peers, teachers, and people in the host-country. It enables a kind of cultural immediacy and intellectual relevancy available only outside one's own national comfort zone. As well, it can foster life-long friendships and connections.