Why Study Abroad?

We're proud to be in the heart of Detroit, but there's no better way to learn about the world beyond Midtown than through a study abroad program. Explore other countries and build relationships with people all over the world for an experience you will carry with you the rest of your life.  

Increase the value of your degree 

You can study, intern, and conduct research abroad with 20 countries across five continents to choose from. This type of preparation is a strong selling point on an application for graduate school and a resume-builders that appeals to prospective employers. Your willingness to immerse yourself in another culture demonstrates your ability to respect differences, communicate effectively, cope with challenges, solve problems and develop independence, which are all invaluable skills for your future success. 

Earn academic credit for your trip 

You can earn academic credit in every program we offer, and that gets you closer to your ultimate goal: graduation! Some programs help you meet general education requirements and others are major-specific. Academic requirements are outlined in each program description

Set the length of study to fit your needs 

Study abroad programs vary in length; some occur over the course of Spring Break while others are semester-long or even year-long studies. as short as Spring Break to semester- and year-long studies. Short-term trips are led by experienced faculty and staff in nearly every school and college, and include coursework at WSU. Longer exchange programs are created with our partner universities around the globe. 

Advance your communication skills 

Most programs are taught in English and do not require mastery of a foreign language, but they all help sharpen your communication skills. As our economy becomes increasingly global, languages and cultural competencies are valuable to employers of all sizes, even those whose operations are all based in the U.S.   

Support at every stage 

Our advisors can help you find a program that best suits your schedule and finances, walk you through the application process, help you get a passport, and even advise you on what to pack for your trip.  


If you have questions, email studyabroad@wayne.edu, or stop by our office in 131 Manoogian.