What college experience can set your resume apart beyond any internship, leadership position or community service? Only 10% of all college students study abroad and only 5% of those students are African American or Black. Studying abroad is the exception, not the norm. After talking to black students, specifically at HBCUs, there are common reasons as to why studying abroad is uncommon amongst this demographic.
A team of students from North Carolina A&T want to shift the conversation from why not to how can more students embark on an international educational experience. Under the leadership of Founder and President Kia Young, the nonprofit HBCU Travelers aims to encourage more students to study abroad by highlighting student stories, promoting international opportunities, and offering financial resources to HBCU students wanting to travel abroad.
In order to expand one’s horizons and marketability in the workforce, international experience is a necessary part of education. Despite perceived setbacks, studying abroad is possible for many HBCU students and provides a unique opportunity. Read more to learn why you should study abroad and how to get outside of your comfort (or time) zone!
Where would you like to travel? Still nervous about going abroad? Check out these HBCU perspectives and resources via HBCU Travelers. Follow other students’ adventures and share your own by following HBCU Travelers on Instagram and Twitter (@hbcutravelers).