We commit ...
To provide a global perspective and promote the importance of understanding self and others through extensive international experiences.
"Living abroad for a semester or more and, certainly, being fluent in another language, is of immeasurable benefit when students are competing for admission into a competitive graduate school program. Universities want rounded individuals with diverse experiences; they want students who will bring new ideas and curiosities to the table. A student who knows another part of the world can bring the gift of new knowledge. It is for these reasons that graduate programs often favor candidates who willingly step out of their comfort zone and move elsewhere on the planet."
Dr. Patrick Hicks
Associate Professor of English
“I realize now—more than ever—that a world unlike mine is just as magnificent.”
Meghan Calhoon ('03)
“Experiencing another culture makes you realize how to look for the good in each face you meet.”
Ashley White ('07)
Nearly half of all Augustana graduates participate in an international experience sometime during their four years. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Augustana students were on six continents and twenty-seven countries. The College supports global education through January term, semester, year, spring break and summer study abroad programs and interim break service learning trips. Additionally, The Augustana Band tours internationally every four years, most recently to Egypt in January of 2011, while The Augustana Choir toured every other year from 1994 through 2008. Through these experiences, students return with a heightened sense of their place in the world and are better equipped to serve their professions, their families, and their communities.
The source of the following information is from the May 2009 Senior Survey:
Among those who studied abroad:
• 79% felt it was easy to plan an international study experience with their chosen major.
• 98% felt the international study experience was a valuable use of their time.
• 95% felt it was a valuable investment of money.
• 82% of students felt challenged by having to live outside their comfort zone.
• 86% of students said they were exposed to unfamiliar situations.
• 96% of students said they felt better prepared to live in a global society as a result of their international experience.