To compete in a competitive, global marketplace, students need an international perspective. Working and studying abroad not only provides exposure to different cultures, it helps students gain skills in communication, problem-solving, adaptability, and resilience. Employers want to hire workers with these skills. Fellow UVA students understand the value: With over 460 programs & projects in 75 different counties, the UVA Education Abroad office reports that 3,122 students sought an international experience in 2018-2019. The UVA Engineering Office of International Programs is dedicated to busting the myth that working and studying abroad is out of reach logistically and financially. We have steadily increased the number of engineering students participating in international experiences, from less than 3 percent a decade ago to about 25 percent now.