VIDEO: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s take on Study Abroad

Here at Culturs, of course we’re all about global living.  For TCKs, this is a way of life that often includes study abroad when at University. Imagine our delight to find that the First Lady of the United States shares our sentiment!

“Studying abroad isn’t just a fun way to spend a semester, it is quickly becoming the key to success in our global economy. Because getting ahead in today’s workplace… is also about having real experience with the world beyond your borders. Experience with languages, cultures and societies very different than your own,” United States First Lady Michelle Obama.

In this video, the first lady emphasizes importance of living and studying in “each other’s” countries by immersing ourselves in others’ cultures, getting past divisive stereotypes, and sharing the global wealth of innovative ideas blossomed from cross-cultural friendships.

She goes on to say that this kind of diversity “truly will change the face of our relationships.”

Check out the video and get a peek of the values many Global Nomads, Military B.R.A.T.S and TCKs have known all their lives.


  1. I enjoyed watching the First Lady share my excitement for study abroad because I am studying abroad myself this summer! I can’t wait to immerse myself in other cultures and history, make long-lasting cross cultural relationships and, of course, eat all the delicious food. 😀 I’m so thankful that CSU has made this possible for me. I look forward to finishing my college career with a cultural awakening in Europe with one of my favorite professors and encourage every student to explore their options.

  2. I can definitely relate to this article because I am planning on studying abroad and it’s great to hear all the benefits you can get from it. I’m excited to see what Spain has planned for me next year!

  3. I was planning on studying abroad sometime next year, so being able to hear FLOTUS talk about the benefits definitely made me feel relieved about my decision. I was worried it would disrupt my life and make me feel disconnected, but I know now it will really make me feel more connected to the world holistically, rather than just my little safe bubble here in Colorado. Thanks for sharing this video, I know a lot of people who will really benefit from hearing her speech! 

  4. I really enjoyed watching this video! As someone who plans on studying abroad next year, it’s exciting to see that the First Lady is in support of students expanding their views and experiences. This only makes wish I could fast forward to next year so I can be in England already!

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