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Is Study Abroad Essential?

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IIE’s President Allan E. Goodman and international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, co-authors of A Student Guide to Study Abroad, recently weighed in on the debate surrounding study abroad for the New York Times "Room for Debate: A Year Abroad vs. A Year Wasted."

"Despite the inevitable increasing global competition for jobs, American graduates lack the international experience, language capabilities, and cross-cultural communication skills necessary to succeed in the global economy. With only about 10 percent of students studying abroad at some point in their academic career, we have a long way to go."

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