Global Opportunity, World Fluency
Developing global citizens requires more than just stellar study away programs.
Our global focus begins on campus, where we emphasize the global competence needed in a competitive world. In addition, we offer nine languages and two world-focused majors, and students come from 31 different nations. Beyond the campus, hundreds of students travel the world each year to participate in study away, global internships and volunteer opportunities.
From nine-day adventures to yearlong immersion experiences, Concordia offers study away programs in every corner of the world.Learn More
Fluency in a second language is an invaluable asset in today’s global job market. Concordia offers nine language programs, ranging from French and Spanish to Italian, Norwegian and Mandarin Chinese.Learn More
Every year, Concordia Language Villages attracts more than 10,000 children and adults for 15 language and culture immersion programs.Learn More
Once finals were over, I was able to travel in Beijing. I got to see many of the cheesy-touristy sights, practice Mandarin constantly, and spend time going to various guqin (古琴: an instrument I learned while at UIC) studios while I was there. This meant I not only saw some custom made instruments, but I was touring around Beijing my teachers who were from there! They showed us great places to eat and even better places to play qin.
More than just ferry rides and food, one of the best parts of studying abroad in Istanbul was the realization that I was slowly feeling at home in the largest city in Europe. The transformation, over a short period of time, from being overwhelmed and disoriented to feeling comfortable and ordinary was amazing.
I didn’t learn just one thing while away but many, such as: becoming more independent, the impact humans have on the environment, and how to handle stressful situations.
While studying abroad you’ll find yourself having loads of freedom, and it’s with this freedom in which you will come to discover new insights about yourself. Perhaps you want to travel around and explore the world? Go for it. But if you don’t or can’t, that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t explore. In your spare time, you should ask yourself what you find yourself naturally gravitating toward. Do activities that interest you that you never have before, be brave, and test yourself in ways you haven’t been before.
I know it’s cliché, but you will learn things about yourself when you’re abroad that you never would have learned if you’d stayed in America. You go completely out of your comfort zone, which makes you completely understand and realize who your true self is.