Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Study Abroad

Each year, hundreds of Queen's students choose to study in other countries and earn credits towards their Queen's degree. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures strongly encourages all students to explore different international study option. You can choose an exchange ( a semester or two) with one of Queen's partner universities, decide to go on a special Queen's exchange program ( like LLCU Semester in Shanghai), opt for an independent study abroad ( options include programs offered by Canadian universities, or any other institutions abroad) or spend your summer in a foreign country. There are also opportunities of work and internship.

There are countless reasons why you should participate in either a year or a semester-long exchange or an independent study abroad, but if you are unsure if study abroad is for you, here are some of the reasons that will convince you:

  1. Improve your language skills
    There is no better and more effective way to learn a language than to be immersed in a culture that speaks the language you are learning. You're surrounded by the language on a daily basis and are seeing and hearing it in the proper cultural context. You will probably find learning the language very easy if you are surrounded by it!
     
  2. Gain intercultural skills, knowledge and attitudes
    Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food or habits. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world. Only if you have been in a foreign country for a longer period of time you can truly understand another culture, appreciate it and learn important intercultural communication skills!
     
  3. Internationalize your degree and résumé
    Companies from countries around the world continue to invest in other countries, building a need for people who are able to manage in different cultures. A person who has studied abroad is perceived as independent, self-motivated, willing to pick up challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Your experience of living and studying in a foreign country is invaluable for a future employer!
     
  4. Challenge yourself!
    Study abroad is a perfect an opportunity to discover your strengths and abilities. Finding yourself in a completely new environment is of course challenging at first, but at the same quite exciting. You will encounter situations that are unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways. Facing challenges and solving problems are very useful lifelong skills!
     
  5. Take courses not offered at your current institution and be in proximity to areas of your study
    Studying abroad can give you study choices you would never have had at Queen's and you can experience your field of study first-hand ( i.e. biodiversity of the forest in Costa Rica or architecture of Florence). You can also experience new ways of learning and different academic systems. It can help you to understand that there can be several ways of doing something.
     
  6. Meet interesting new people and find new perspectives
    While abroad you will meet other international students who are- like yourself- far from home. This creates an excellent opportunity to build new and long-lasting friendships. With learning new cultures come new perspectives- Students who studied abroad have an informed and much less biased perspective toward other cultures and peoples.
     
  7. Have the experience of your life!