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Why Study Abroad?

    By Carina Lara. February 24, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Westminster_flagsStand up and stand out! Over 450 programs, an experience of a lifetime, memories, friendships, new perspectives, and overwhelming personal growth. Studying abroad will change your life if you let it! My experience is just one of many.

I was privileged to go to Morocco under the program of SIT Study Abroad and study Migration and Transnational Identity.

I not only had the chance to travel to borders, work with migrants, create lasting relationships, integrate within the culture, and live out years of knowledge in a semester, but got to do it even with a low cost. The Study Abroad Office at HPU, located perfectly on the second floor of the UB building next to the Registrar’s Office, is incredible. They were able to help me take my idea of studying abroad and make it into a reality.

One of their main visions is to create memorable and transforming global learning opportunities that enrich career preparation and foster commitments to global citizenship. The Study Abroad Office at HPU truly fulfills this vision every day. Scholarships are made available to cut the cost, such as the Gilman Scholarship, which is one that everyone wishing to study abroad should apply for.

This scholarship aided me personally to pay for my study abroad experience. HPU also offers scholarships for studying abroad, and there are even study abroad programs that match your Pell Grant if you receive one. It doesn’t stop there. Even your program has scholarships you are able to use towards your study abroad experience.

The opportunity of studying abroad is priceless. Not only do you receive an international education and perspective, but it’s the best way to learn a language, and even looks good on your resume. There are tons of other reasons to study abroad—just ask the individuals in your class. So visit the Study Abroad Office today and say hi to both Melissa Matsubara and Kri Howland.

Bon Voyage,

Carina Lara (B.A. Communications ‘17’)

Photo By Westminster College Fulton MO – The Photo Database, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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