During the 2010-2011 academic year, 365 business undergraduate students and 95 MBA and MS students studied abroad, representing 18 percent of all Michigan State University students who did so. They studied on all seven continents in more than 30 countries.
Based on these statistics, Broad students as a whole studied abroad more than any other MSU students. Considering that MSU is a national leader in study abroad participation among public university is the U.S. according to a recent Institute of International Education report, these statistics are certainly notable.
“There is tremendous value for students studying abroad,” says Tomas Hult, director of MSU’s Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), which is housed in the Broad College. “Studies show that students who have studied internationally have a leg up on their peers in getting that first job and also getting promoted into more rewarding positions in their firms than those who do not participate in study abroad programs while in school.”
“An immediate benefit to students is a better understanding of world cultures, customs and processes for doing business. The open-mindedness that is gained by even a short-term international exposure has benefits that are far-reaching and can be applied in varied multinational and multicultural settings.”
Although cost can be an obstacle for many students who wish to study abroad, there are numerous scholarships available to business students.