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Why study abroad?

  • Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to travel and to get to know another culture first hand.

  • Studying abroad will help you develop new skills and give you opportunities beyond what you can have on your home campus.

  • You will learn about yourself. You will learn that you can do things you never imagined you would be able to do.

  • You will discover that you will learn more about your own country, in part because you will begin to see it from the point of view of those in your host country. You may have to explain the doings of the US to your overseas friends.

  • You will expand your world view. You won't see your home culture the same way. If you're lucky, you will return not only with friends from around the world but you will also be more informed and less biased about other cultures.

  • Many study abroad programs are either in English-speaking countries OR, in non-English speaking countries, the academic courses for students from overseas may be in English. You don't need to speak a language other than English to study abroad, but think about this: study abroad is the best way to learn a language: by immersion.

  • Studying abroad may improve your employment opportunities in an increasingly competitive job market. Only 4% of US undergraduates study abroad in a world marketplace that is increasingly globalized.

  • And for even more reasons--all of them in three words by people who have studied overseas--check out


Bon voyage!

NOTE: If you are interested in longer study tours, either now or later in your academic career, please visit  and feel free to contact or stop in to ACC224 to discuss your options!

MVCC Vietnam Adventure 2014

Roman Santos is an associate professor of Roman Santos
Spanish in MVCC's Center for Language and Learning Design. He is at Vietnam's Kien Giang Community College as a visiting instructor for nine weeks, where he is also doing research on language acquisition.

Santos received his bachelor's degree form Brigham Young University, a master's degree from San Diego State University, and a master's degree from the University of Phoenix.

My Visit to MVCC by Visiting Professor Hoa Ngo

Hoa Ngo is MVCC's sixth visiting professor from Vietnam. Hoa Ngo
This is her first time visiting the U.S., and she will be sharing her observations and experiences here.

She teaches ESL and Business ESL classes at Kien Giang Community College in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Ngo has an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Can Tho University.

Professional Development Travel,
May-June 2013

In late May and early June, Mr. Dennis Gibbons, Associate Dean for Student and Resident Life Services, visited Vietnam with Dr. Sandra Engel, Director of International Education and Fulbright alumna who spent a semester at MVCC’s partner school, Kien Giang Community College. The purposes of this visit were to learn about student affairs in Vietnam; to share MVCC (and thus American) practices in student affairs and residence life; and since Gibbons was traveling on his first passport, to have an experience akin to that our students whose first international travel may be to come to MVCC. Almost immediately upon his return, he shared his perceptions and ideas with the Student Affairs leadership.

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