WHY STUDY English ABROAD?
Whether you are a professional writing major, literature major, or a creative writer, studying abroad adds to the skills you bring to your future employers. Creative writers gain viewpoints to add depth to their writing. You'll also experience situations that challenge you, giving you personal creative material.
Literature majors will have access to translations and original foreign literature in their host universities’ libraries, from many time periods. Interested in Renaissance lit? How about studying "The Divine Comedy" in Dante’s beloved Florence? Or read Shousaku Endou’s "Silence" in the hills around Nagasaki. Studying abroad gives you the chance to learn the material you’re interested in while you live in the culture that produced those works.
Professional writers will gain first-hand international experience necessary in a global world. Being a stranger in another country heightens your awareness of other customs, and challenges the way you communicate with people, whether on paper or face to face.
Upon graduation, having international experience on a resume can also help distinguish applicants in the competitive job market. It can help demonstrate a global perspective of the field and real-world issues, flexibility and adaptability, and knowledge of and openness to other cultures.