Why Study Abroad?

Why not? Do you want to broaden your horizons, enrich your college experience, challenge your current perspective, see the world, and experience new things?

Study abroad offers students a chance to live in a culture different from their own. In many cases students come home with a great understanding of the world and a newfound appreciation for their own culture.

Study abroad expands personal growth and independence. Students learn new skills, rise to challenges and solve problems independently.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
— St. Augustine

A Message from the Academic Advisor for Study Abroad

I came to understand just how valuable a study abroad experience is through my own decision to pursue a career change, from research biology to Spanish linguistics.

Spending two months in Spain was a real growth experience for me, not only in terms of my ability to understand and communicate with native speakers of Spanish, but also regarding my ability to function independently in an unfamiliar environment and to see and appreciate the world in ways that were totally new and unexpected. I have observed this same process of personal development take place with countless students over the years.

While everyone acknowledges college as the time when young people 'find themselves,' the experience of self-discovery is really enhanced by an experience abroad. So, whether it's academic coursework, an internship, a service project, or some combination of these three, your college years are the time to seize the opportunity to broaden your horizons through the experience of study abroad.

Dr. Richard Danford
Associate Professor, Spanish
Director of Latin American Studies


General Summary of Options

Marietta College students have three options to choose from when preparing for a study abroad experience.

  • Faculty led programs
  • Third Party Providers (TPP)
  • Direct Enrollment

In addition to studying abroad, Marietta College students have the option to intern, volunteer or teach abroad.


The Role of the Office of International Programs

At Marietta College, Study Abroad is a division of the Office of International Programs. The Director of International Programs and the Academic Advisor for Study Abroad are here to help you throughout the process.

Students interested in studying abroad begin by scheduling an appointment with the Director of International Programs or by attending an informational session. We will post the updated information session schedule in Thomas 221. While we guide you through the process and review your final program and course selection, ultimately individual preferences determine which study abroad program you attend.

We help you think about where you want to go, what classes you can enroll in, if you want to live with a family, in a residence hall or in an apartment, and to review individual program outlines. The Academic Advisor for Study Abroad will review your course selections and verify the transferability of each course to the Marietta College curriculum. The academic department chair or academic advisor must sign off on all course selection.

Our major role is to advise you in this process and present information about studying abroad that aids in the planning phase. We provide resources about program options, passport and visa procedures, fees and regulations, vaccinations, cost of living and cross-cultural communication. We do not plan your travel, do not provide foreign currency or insurance, nor do we provide immunizations. We can direct you to other sources for that information should it be necessary.