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As a student-athlete, you may think that you can’t go abroad due to your preseason training or sport schedule. However, many student athletes can and do go abroad.In 2019, 59 Babson student-athletes participated in a short- or long-term program abroad!
Opportunities for All Seasons
The question is not if, but when, you can go abroad. As a student-athlete, your first step is to determine when you are available to go abroad. Start by talking with an advisor or manager from the Glavin Office of International Education and your coach about your athletic and academic aspirations. Your coach will appreciate the conversation and work with you to identify the best times to be away from campus. Many student-athletes elect to study abroad during the summer or participate in an Elective Abroad during one of the school breaks.
Training While Abroad
While abroad you can continue to train for competition. Consult with your Education Abroad advisor or Short-Term Program manager to see what facility options are available for you abroad. Meet with your coach and trainer to develop a training schedule. Many semester and year-long programs have full gyms or training facilities.
Stay Competitive While Abroad
Just because you are abroad does not mean you need to stop playing your sport. Babson has many programs where you could continue to play your sport or cross-train by picking up another athletic endeavor. While participating in a program abroad, you can join a club team or continue your training at local facilities. This is a great way to connect with the local community, meet new people, and enhance your skills.
Babson Athletes Abroad - Creating a Competitive Edge
Hear from current and former Babson student athletes as they reflect on their abroad experience and how it worked for them.
Scarlet Broderick in Milan »
My name is Scarlet Broderick and I am a rising senior on the Babson women's soccer team. This past semester I studied abroad in Milan, Italy.
Caroline Winicki in Prague »
My name is Caroline Winicki, I am a rising senior, and I am from Middlebury, Conn. At Babson, I run cross country and track & field. For part of this past semester, I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.
Competing While Abroad: Taras Polakoff »
My name is Taras Polakoff and I am the first athlete to compete for Babson while studying abroad. I am from Orange County, California, a junior on Babson's Swimming and Diving Team, and am currently studying abroad at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Semester Abroad: Women's Tennis' Marissa Madison in Barcelona »
My name is Marissa Madison and I am a second semester junior on the Babson women's tennis team. I am from Columbus, Ohio, and this fall semester I studied abroad for four months in Barcelona, Spain.
For a full list of student athlete stories, visit Inside the Lodge on Babson Athletics.
- Go Abroad – Common Myths About Studying Abroad as a Student Athlete: This article debunks common myths that student athletes might hear like “my coach will never let me go” or “I don’t have time.”
- Go Overseas – How to Study Abroad as a College Athlete: Find a few tips that show that you can be a student-athlete and spend time studying abroad, soaking up new cultures.
- IES Abroad – Yes, Athletes Can Study Abroad!: Hear stories from two student-athletes who studied abroad
- Athletes Abroad: A place for new and veteran foreign athletes playing overseas to conveniently seek relevant information, connect, and share informative and funny stories when it comes to living overseas as a professional and foreign athlete.