Study Abroad, to Do or Not to Do?
Ever since I started college, I always knew that staying in one single place for the whole time of my student years was not going to be an option. Traveling and discovering new countries and cultures has always been one of my biggest passions.Therefore, combining studying abroad and seeing the world seemed like a great plan!
I am sure that many of you have also considered this option. In that case, before embarking on this journey, here are a few notes that you might want to consider as studying and going abroad both have their positives sides and negative sides.
What do you gain from studying abroad?
- As globalization increases, understanding different cultures and customs has become more and more important for many companies worldwide. Thus, studying aboard is a great way to learn about other countries, to meet new people and maybe learn a new language.
- The experience of studying abroad will strengthen your resume. Going abroad often results in students being more open-minded, mature, and with better communication skills. Furthermore, your future employers will most certainly be very interested to hear about your experiences and the skills you’ve learned while you were traveling.
- One of the great advantages you will gain from studying in a different university and in another country is the fact that you will learn a unique way of working. Every culture has its own way on how to approach and deal with a problem. By working and studying with people from various countries and origins you can assimilate their techniques, ideas and skills and put them to use in a real working environment.
- Going away from home is also a great way to gain independence. Traveling alone will force you to make decisions from which you can learn from.
- During your studies, you may have the opportunity to visit nearby cities and countries.
Why you should think twice before making your decision:
- Studying abroad is often very expensive. You must take in account that you’ll have to pay for your travel ticket, accommodation, food, tuition fee’s, insurance, visa etc… Yes, financial aids are often available. However, you’ll often have to be responsible for a large amount of the expenses on your own. This could mean that you might have to take on a job which could interfere with your studies and traveling plans.
- Bear in mind that leaving your friends and family behind is not an easy task. Leaving home can be challenging for many young students. This feeling of “loneliness” can make you feel down and depressed thus once again, interfere with your studies. Also take in note that you will most probably have to confront yourself with the problem of culture shock. Settling in and adapting to your surroundings is important for your experience to be successful. Some individuals never feel at ease in their new environment and this can really compromise their studies and their experience.