Components of education abroad include study abroad, faculty-led study, cultural excursions, alternative Spring Break Abroad, short-term service learning, outreach, discipline-related internships, and medical missions. These international opportunities offer so many life-changing and enduring academic, career, intercultural, personal, and social benefits. By the end of the freshman year, it is recommended that FAMU students consider engaging in a semester or year of study abroad before graduating from the university.
The U.S. government has endorsed study abroad as the best way to acquire language skills and expertise of other cultures. One of the goals of a comprehensive education abroad program is to prepare future leaders and world-class citizens who will to be more effective in decision-making, respectful of other cultures, and understanding of the world’s political and economic systems. OIED’s education abroad professionals are commited to supporting the Institute for International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase the number of FAMU students participating in education abroad.