Uniquely, Schiller International University has been offering Study Abroad programs since it was founded – in fact, they are the reason why we were founded!
In 1964, the University started taking US students to Germany - success here led to the opening of other campuses in other European countries. Generations of study abroad students have come to Schiller - and when many of them wanted to stay, we developed into a full university offering complete degree programs. We are the Study Abroad program that does not need to end.
Our origins are still part of our on-going mission to prepare our students for international careers.Today, Schiller offers the possibility of experiencing the advantages of study abroad throughout the whole of our degree programs - you can study in Spain, France, Germany, the USA and soon the UK.
You can design your international experience to visit all the campuses or just stay at one. You will get to know your host country - but you will also share your classroom with students from all over the world.
You will need to learn how to work with them. We can offer our students all the advantages of a study-abroad program within the framework of a full degree.
Talking of degrees, Schiller is also unique because we offer our students two degrees from the USA and the UK. Our degrees are recognized in the Americas, Europe, and the Commonwealth countries.
I think that study abroad and international education are essential to creating flexible and knowledgeable citizens of the future. However, this is not necessarily new.
efore the printing press, this was the only way to gain access to specialist knowledge. Medieval scholars traveled spending time at the great university towns - Montpellier, Heidelberg, Salamanca, Poitiers, Padua, and many more.
Today, we can access unimaginable amounts of information on the internet, we do not have to travel. This raises the question, why study abroad? In answer, I think many more of us will be international citizens than in the past. We will live and work in many different countries during our professional lives. We must have the skills to function in this international environment and we need to have educational qualifications that allow us to work anywhere in the world.
The best way to learn how to deal with different cultures, values, and ways of doing things is to actually have to live with them! For example, when I was in Brazil the one thing that stood out was doing paperwork in Brazil. It was extremely irritating – until I learned that Brazilians are culturally conditioned to please - they hate saying no, and would rather ask you for unnecessary additional papers than to give you a straight refusal.