Employers increasingly look for new employees who have lived abroad. Many cross-cultural and language skills and qualities gained while studying abroad are highly valued by employers. Only 6% of U.S. students have studied abroad, so adding an international component to your education can definitely strengthen your credentials and distinguish you!
Finally, it is a lot of fun. When else in your life will you have the opportunity to spend a summer, semester or year of your life exploring Australia's Outback, ordering an espresso in a Roman cafe, or climbing the Great Wall of China? Many UMBC study abroad students have done so before you, so why not join them in the adventure of a lifetime?