As globalization impacts nearly every business sector, intercultural education has become vitally important for success in the 21st century workforce. Studying abroad affords students unparalleled opportunities to gain these skills in real-world contexts that enrich the learning experience. Metropolitan Community College has coordinated study abroad programs for students, faculty and staff in locations such as Ghana, Mexico and Germany. More opportunities are needed to expose a larger segment of students and instructors to worldwide issues and the challenges facing all of us.
Financial support for study abroad will ease common barriers that students face when such an opportunity arises: how to pay for the program fees, roundtrip airfare, meals and lodging, and other associated costs.