Benefits of International Experience

Whether you’re interested in studying abroad as an exchange student, participating in research overseas, or looking for international internships, there’s plenty to be gained from stepping beyond our borders. Not only will you develop a better understanding of the world, but you can do it within a safe, secure program with ties to your home university. There are so many reasons to include international experience in your education plans. 

Discovery

  • Enrich your academic studies
  • Develop new attributes and skills
  • Learn about yourself

Opportunity

  • Earn Saint Mary’s credits
  • Build your resume
  • Invest in your future
  • Develop fluency in another language

Adventure

  • See the world from a new perspective
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Have fun

What students are saying

I learned so much and saw so many new things and got to experience so many different cultures. I went places I never thought I’d go and it reminded me that the world is so big and vast and there’s so many exciting places and people that are out there for you to interact with. It has made me a happier, more curious and well rounded person.
— Samantha
I loved travelling with my classmates to visit their home villages all across the country. Travelling in Uganda is a real adventure. I also enjoyed immersing myself in Ugandan culture, and picking up the accent.
— Keith
I feel that I gained more self-confidence through this exchange experience. Now I have studied in Canada and Norway, and I feel like I can go anywhere in the world and succeed in any place.
A few years ago, I was just a nervous international student from Japan who was reluctant to speak to people and make friends. Now I am confident and always ready for a new adventure.
— Hiro