Understanding the Study Abroad Opportunity in College


There's a growing body of research that shows there are numerous positive outcomes from studying abroad, including greater adaptability, tolerance for ambiguity, appreciation of different ideas and perspectives, and ability to work with people from different backgrounds. These are soft skills often not acquired in the classroom, and they help students become interculturally competent and better prepared to join today's global workforce.

Kim Priebe is the Director of the Study Abroad program at NC State University's Office of Global Engagement. She has worked in the field of international higher education for more than eighteen years and her areas of expertise include student development and risk management. Priebe is particularly interested in the aspects of mental health and self-care in the study abroad experience as well as advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to create access for all students.

In the podcast below, you will learn about:

  • the benefits of study abroad for all students regardless of major;
  • the types of study abroad programs and determining fit;
  • planning for the study abroad experience; and,
  • the "brass tacks" of study abroad including cost and safety.

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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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