The study abroad mission of the Office of Off-Campus Study at Claremont McKenna College is to connect students to off-campus academic and cultural immersion experiences that support their personal, professional, and intellectual development in a globalized world. Our goal is to assist students in developing intercultural communication, cultural awareness, scholarship, and leadership skills in order to enhance their ability to navigate and succeed in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.
As a spring 2010 study abroad returnee wrote,
“I feel as if I learned more in my 5 months abroad than I have in my entire life. Being gone from my family and friends- my comfort zone- forced me to put myself out there and become an independent person. I know that I can handle just about anything now and I am comfortable in situations that I wasn't before. Studying abroad opened my eyes to the rest of the world and it also showed me how very blessed and thankful I am for the life that I live and the opportunities that I have been given.”