With schools starting back this week and with colleges and universities commencing courses shortly, we thought a timely post on studying abroad, might be a good idea. Having thought about it, we came up with five reasons why you should perhaps consider a college place a little further afield.
Whether you are immersed in college life or just starting out in first year, it is definitely something worth considering. There are lots of colleges and courses therein who encourage (and in some instances require) students to travel to complete their course. Alternatively, students can consider exchange programs, volunteer work abroad or even the possibility of teaching or working abroad. If you are still wondering if studying overseas is for you, here are some reasons to travel outside of your own country whilst still in college.
You are young! You are (hopefully) not burdened with mortgages and other bills that people more senior are. Aside from the new friendships you will make, one of the best reasons to study overseas is the opportunity to just have some fun! You should have time whilst overseas, so this is the perfect chance to do things you may not do at home. Immerse yourself in the culture of another country, try new and diverse cuisine and visit new places. The time will go quickly so think about a journal as well as a camera to help you relive the experience when it ends.
2. Personal Development
It’s true that heading off to college is a big step toward independence and adulthood, but nothing accelerates that process like studying in a foreign country. Without friends or family close by to help, you will need to learn how to take care of yourself. This may include everything from getting groceries to navigating through a new transportation system. Once you realise that you can handle new experiences alone, you’ll become more confident and independent.
3. Language Skills
One of the best ways to become fluent in a language is live in a foreign country for a length of time. Spending a term or semester reading, writing and speaking a foreign language will accelerate your grasp of the language. You may even improve your opportunities for future employment if you become multi-lingual.
4. Challenge Your World Views.
Spending time living amongst another culture can challenge your own values and beliefs. You’ll have the opportunity to experience other religions, traditions and even education systems that may differ from those in your home country. The diverse relationships you will create during your time abroad will help you grow as a person and widen your view of the world.
5. Bump Your Résumé
Employers generally welcome evidence of study abroad. It suggests a level of maturity, that you are self-motivated and have the ability to work with diverse populations. In the era of ‘global business’ and with lots of companies having many offices all over the world, experience of other cultures and some language skills can only be an advantage.
OK! So we have mentioned lots of reasons why you should consider studying abroad. Are you still in doubt? Are you still trying to convince yourself that studying overseas is not for you? If you have stopped dead filling out the application form and doubt has crept back into your mind, let’s look at some of the reasons you might be thinking about.
1. ‘It would be too expensive!’
This is a big one, and understandably so. Studying abroad can get pretty expensive, but there are ways around it. First of all, try and pick a city that’s cheaper to live in. Eastern Europe is known for being less expensive, whereas London can be more expensive. If you live in a city where day-to-day life is relatively cheap, you’ll have more money in your pocket to spend on travel.
Fear Of Missing Out. If you go abroad, you certainly will miss out on some things at home. You may miss a cousins wedding. You will probably miss your Mom’s birthday. But there is nothing at home you will miss that will be better than your time abroad. Everyone you leave behind should have FOMO over your legendary experiences in your new country, not the other way around! Don’t let this be the reason you decide to stay put. There’s a whole world of adventure out there—go explore. Home will always be home.
3. Losing Touch
It’s hard to leave your closest friends and family behind, but it doesn’t mean you won’t talk to them for months. With the advances in technology these days and the development of Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook, the list is exhaustive. Once you have an internet connection and a laptop, you can contact home anytime.
4. Getting Homesick
Depending on the program, you’ll have a great support network and team looking out for your best interests at all times. That includes office staff that have gone through countless years of homesick students, which means they know how to help you out!
So in finishing, get out and see the world. There is a big world out there waiting for you so go explore and discover it.
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