If you are interested in pursuing criminology careers, then you will first need to earn your criminal justice degree. For many students, studying abroad can be the perfect way to earn their degree while exploring different countries. Studying abroad no longer means you attend a school in a different country. It can also mean that you take an online degree program from your own country, but you complete it while traveling and living abroad.
So what are the top benefits to studying abroad as you work towards setting yourself up for jobs in criminal justice? Here’s a look at the top benefits.
Learn About a Different Culture
The fact that you will get to learn about a different culture is the absolute top reason students end up studying abroad. It may even be that you plan to travel around, giving you the chance to learn about more than just one culture. You can take in the various tourist sights, plus go much further and get to know how the locals live. This can include their customs, language, foods, holidays, and more.
Even if you plan on staying in one location the entire time you are studying, you can still travel around to neighboring cities/towns, and countries on little mini-breaks.
Discover More about Yourself
Studying abroad also gives you a chance to learn more about yourself. You can find new interests and hobbies that you didn't even know you had. If you are the type that likes being active you can use this experience to get out and enjoy all the country has to offer.
Meet New People
For those who have been born and raised in the same city/town all their life it can be hard to meet new people. It seems as though you’re always running into people you know no matter where you are. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is also nice to meet new people. When you study abroad you’ll meet others just like you, who are also studying abroad, as well as locals in those towns and cities who you would never have met otherwise.
There have even been studies that show the friendships you make while studying abroad tend to be lasting lifetime friendships, even more so than the friendships you make at home.
Pick Up a New Language
If you want to learn another language, there is no better way to do it then by immersing yourself in the language and culture. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn it, practice it, and perfect the language before you return home. By learning another language you will be making your resume look that much better as you can offer a skill that others may not have.
Rounding Out Your Future
Studying abroad gives you the ability to really round out your future by having a variety of new and exciting learning experiences. You may even discover that you wish to live abroad permanently and seek employment overseas by the time you finish your degree.