At Bowdoin, study abroad is not simply traveling to a different country; it is an integrated component of a rigorous liberal arts education. Academic preparation for study abroad begins before students embark on their journeys -- with relevant coursework completed prior to participation--and continues to shape and contribute to their academic studies upon return and beyond through independent research, honors projects and postgraduate professional and scholarship opportunities. Whether deepening their knowledge in a particular field of study from a new perspective, navigating an urban subway map in a different language, or learning how to interpret the subtleties of a communal meal, studying abroad helps students to expand their concepts of self and world. Bowdoin students find that their immersion in and adjustment to a culture distinct from their own serves as a springboard for academic curiosity and as a foundation for continued interest in international affairs, and can positively impact their commitment to serving the common good.
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“Though it was hard to see myself growing while I was there, I now look back on it as a transformative experience. It was so interesting to, for the first time, identify myself as an American in a foreign place, and to understand the world's view of America. I loved learning about Africa, and studying there helped me gain an appreciation for a culture that I previously knew very little about.” Margaret Williams, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Fall 2010