It's understandable that some parents, and even some students, would be skeptical about college study abroad programs.
But many studies show that in addition to being a once in a lifetime cultural experience, study abroad programs also have benefits in helping students on the job hunt.
We've compiled results from some some recent studies that show the many benefits of studying abroad.
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A survey conducted by Career Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that employers believe study abroad programs are very valuable in a person's career later in life.
Employers from international companies tend to embrace study abroad programs, because they often give participants the necessary skills to work collaboratively with people from other countries.
Susan Davis-Ali, founder of Leadhership1, told USA Today Educate that employers generally view applicants who studied abroad have a global curiosity that many others do not possess.
Studying abroad also shows employers that the person is a risk taker and isn't afraid to live abroad.
A study by Penn State, University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky and Pacific Lutheran University found that employers look upon studying abroad favorably.