The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in science and technology occupations will grow by 18.7%, which is significantly higher than all other professions. Many of the STEM positions will have a global component, necessitating research and collaboration across borders and cultures.
So why do fewer STEM majors study abroad than social science and humanities students? Below are the top three (disproven) reasons STEM students (and professors) site as to why study abroad is not possible.
#1) I will not be able to stay on track for graduation.
Not true if you plan early. With proper planning it is absolutely possible for science and math students to complete degree and graduation requirements while studying abroad. KEI offers a wide selection of science and math courses in 9 locations around the world. Some KEI program locations also offer research and professional internships. And, all programs offer general education and language courses.
#2) I do not speak a second language.
Nor do you have to. All KEI programs are conducted in English. That includes courses and internships.
#3) I can’t afford it.
Most students can afford study abroad. The good news is that there are various sources of financial aid available for study abroad, including KEI grants and interest-free payment plans, federal aid, state aid, institutional scholarships and foundation aid. The government recognizes the important of supporting STEM students. As such, STEM majors are at an advantage when it comes to government grants. Below are a just a couple of grants to consider.
KEI offers a wide range of subjects in the life science, physical science and Earth science. below is a list of the most popular subject areas with education abroad students. Click on a subject area to view program locations that offer courses in that subject.