Curriculum enhancement: Going on exchange, studying abroad, or participating in Huron in Honduras is an extension of in-class learning. For example, a student studying the Japanese language can increase their mastery of the language by being immersed into it in Japan.
Cost-effective: Exchange programs are an affordable way to have a global experience because exchange students pay tuition to Huron (and therefore do not have to pay high international fees). Huron does offer some scholarships and bursaries to help pay for the cost of studying abroad.
Personal growth: Students move outside of their “comfort zone” to adapt to different environments and situations. This can result in advances in intellectual and social maturity as well as increased self-confidence. For example, students who participate in Huron in Honduras experience life in rural Honduras where running water and other taken-for-granted conveniences are not readily available thus exposing our students to an experience that is difficult to replicate in a classroom setting or through reading a book.
Development of the soft-skills sought by employers: Students acquire many skills abroad that can be developed in their resumes and used in job interviews. Some of these skills include leadership, communication, adaptability, functional ability in another language, empathy and a deeper appreciation for differences and cultural diversity. It also adds an international dimension to the resume and academic record for graduate school.
Networking: Grows the student’s professional and personal network through the experience.