Global Perspectives

Good Reasons to Go Abroad

Broader horizons, increased potential for innovation, and new perspectives are just a few of the reasons why it pays to go abroad – for students, teachers, and administrative staff.

Impulses for innovative teaching

According to the study, faculty members with international experience are more open to innovative teaching methods. They are more likely to integrate technology and open-source educational resources in their teaching than non-mobile teachers, and they promote learning in multidisciplinary groups.

New skills and more self-confidence

Students reported that their time abroad strengthened their subject-related, interpersonal, and intercultural skills, their self-confidence, their ability to achieve goals, and increased their social and cultural openness.

Students who have gone abroad are also more likely to embrace new learning methods. Of these students, more plan to continue on to higher levels of education than their non-mobile fellow students, and they have a clearer idea of what they want to achieve in their future careers.

“I can’t recommend a semester abroad at Peking University enough. Even just the experience of studying at a top Chinese university will change you. Not only that, though – everyday life in Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai is radically modern compared to Europe. For example, wallets are completely obsolete, as everything can be paid for with a smartphone and a mobile payment system (WeChat & Alipay). In this respect, my semester abroad in China gave me a sneak preview of Europe’s future.”
Lucas Otto Erlbacher, WU outgoing exchange student, 2019 summer semester
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Mobility grants

Erasmus+, the European Union’s higher education mobility program, is an important part of WU’s internationalization efforts. The program funds exchange stays abroad for students, faculty, and administrative staff within the European higher educational area.
The Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility program also facilitates stays at selected WU partner universities outside Europe.In 2019, a total of 533 students, 26 faculty members, and 26 administrative staff members went abroad on mobility grants provided by the 2 Erasmus+ programs.
The Swiss Mobility Program funds exchanges with Switzerland. 19 WU students received grants from this program in 2019.
CEEPUS is a network of universities in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. 2 students and 1 teacher from WU spent time at CEEPUS partner schools in 2019.
426 students took advantage of WU’s Joint Study programs in 2019, receiving grants to study abroad in Africa, the USA, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, and Serbia.
WU provided financial support to 10 students who participated in Joint International Summer University programs in 2019, and provided grants for the ISUWU to 6 students from Colombia, Egypt, Pakistan, and Nigeria as part of the GBSN network.
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