International internships provide students with an opportunity to gain invaluable professional and intercultural skills that prepare them to excel academically and professionally in our increasingly globalized world. By living and working abroad, students learn to navigate cultural differences in social and professional settings through full immersion in the culture of their host city. In addition, participation in international internships affords students increased confidence, tolerance for ambiguity, and strengthened communication skills.
You don't need to be majoring in the sciences to benefit from doing research while studying abroad. Doing a research project abroad will enrich your academic experience, enhance your credentials, and be a benefit as you begin to build an international professional network. Faculty in some Boston College departments may have contacts abroad who can help you organize your own research project or work with a team of researchers on an existing project.
International service learning opportunities are availible in various locations around the world, whether it's working at health clinic in Ecuador, volunteering at a homeless shelter in Santiago, tutoring children in South Africa, or a month-long community service project in the Philippines. We encourage participants to take advantage of opportunities that allow them to delve more deeply into their abroad experiences. Placements foster meaningful interactions with locals outside the classroom and help students get to know the culture in a more profound way.
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“I was part of the SHAWCO education program at the University of Cape Town where we went to Nyanga, a nearby township, and taught children in an after school program.”