I took part in two internships while abroad – both at Leiden University. One in the International Admissions Department and another in the Marketing Department. They both greatly increased my interest in my major and being immersed in the local environment as well as being exposed to an international staff was one of the best experiences I had while abroad.
Why should your son or daughter study abroad?
There are many reasons for your son or daughter to study abroad, and there are many reasons why they want to. Perhaps they are eager to learn more about other cultures and their own cultural perspectives, or maybe they are simply ready to get out of their “comfort zone.” Students grow through the challenges and triumphs faced while being abroad. Whether it’s navigating their way from Madrid to Granada with only a few words of Spanish in their pocket or interning for an MP at the British Houses of Parliament, they end their experience knowing that they are capable of much more than they ever believed.
Choosing to enroll in a study abroad program is also an intentional choice to develop a personal value system, gain a better understanding of international affairs, and maybe, for the first time in life, see oneself as a global citizen. By the time your son or daughter comes home, you’ll realize that they’ve also gained many tangible benefits, such as foreign language proficiency, academic credit and a meaningful experience to enhance their resume.
About Central College
Central College Abroad’s strong academic foundation comes from being a part of a Central College, a well-respected, private liberal arts college located in Pella, Iowa. As an institution, Central is known for its caring and dedicated faculty, commitment to academic quality, and meaningful experiential-based learning. These attributes translate to all Central College Abroad programs through a hybrid program structure, beginning with the on-site resident director. From there, the structure extends to include academic course work through Central College Abroad courses and affiliate institutions. Finally, we offer the opportunity to take part in hands-on learning through a wide array of internship and service-learning options.
About Central College Abroad programs
We desire for each student to meet specific academic and intrapersonal goals during the course of a semester or year abroad. These goals shape the core programming that we provide on every Central College Abroad site. Each of the core components listed below deliberately enhance the study abroad experience:
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A parent handbook along with program specific student guides can be found on our parent resources page.