It’s time to say goodbye!
Goodbye to the same old streets you know by heart!
Goodbye to the usual bland food you eat since you got your milk teeth!
Goodbye to your old friends and neighbours whose gossip bores you!
Goodbye to a retracted, traditional lifestyle!
Goodbye to your old YOU!
If a “goodbye” sounds quite tempting to you at this point, then you definitely need more than a 2 week all-inclusive resort vacation! You need something that is essential, inspiring and life changing. Now clean your glasses, as we will present you the perfect anti-wanderlust recipe today! You can thank us later.
The journey of your life – about studying abroad
There are many reasons why study abroad programs are becoming so popular. For most international students, the appeal is likely to be a combination of gaining a high-quality education, experiencing immersion in a new culture (and often a second language), gaining a global mind-set and expanding future employment prospects.
For some, the prospect of leaving home and heading off into the unknown is daunting but studying abroad is also an exciting challenge that often leads to improved career opportunities and a broader understanding of the way the world works. The type of experience you have during your time abroad will vary hugely depending on where you go, so make sure to pick a study destination based on your own personal interests as well as the country’s academic reputation, in order to keep a healthy work/play balance.
Studying abroad means going to a different country with the genuine intention of doing more than just seeing the sights and checking places off your bucket list. It’s a great way to learn in an immersive environment. Studying abroad is so much more than what you learn in a classroom. Study abroad really gives you the opportunity to take classes in a new context. The best part is, studying in a foreign country is a constant adventure, even if you aren’t travelling to a “new” place every day. Everywhere you go, whether it’s to the library or to a nearby city, is going to be new and exciting (at least for a while). You get all of the perks of travelling and still feel like you have a steady home. Basically, you’ll get to experience new things while also establishing yourself as a local!
As always, we worked until our eyes were burning to provide you 5 ultimate convincing benefits of studying abroad.
1. See, feel and taste world
The biggest benefit you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world. By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation. In addition, when you’re abroad, you won’t be limited to traveling in just the nation in which you are studying – you can see neighbouring countries as well! For example, if you study in Italy, you’ll have the option to travel through various parts of Europe. Furthermore studying abroad will also flatter your taste buds.
So go and get more paella / pierogi / poutine /schnitzel /shawarma /chimichanga /katsudon /bobotie /baklava in your life.
2. Broaden your horizon
Living and studying abroad, even for a couple of weeks, will give you a much greater insight into life in that country than you would get from coming on holiday as a tourist, and it gives you the chance to live a little differently from how you’re used to.
Mixing with people from all over the world exposes you to a variety of different cultures, not to mention viewpoints you might not previously have considered. Our cultural background can have a big bearing on how we respond to different situations or issues, and getting a variety of fresh perspectives on such things can be very intellectually stimulating, helping you look at things in a completely new way. By befriending people from other cultures, you’ll learn about how differently things are done or viewed elsewhere in the world, which teaches you about other cultures at the same time as widening your own horizons and broadening your mind.
3. Enhance your language skills
Language teachers say being totally immersed in a culture that speaks the language you want to learn is the quickest and most effective way to learn it. Mastering a foreign language opens up all kinds of new opportunities. As globalization brings the world together, it’s important to be competent in more than one language.
It goes without saying that if you’re going to study in a country in which the native language is not your own, it’s the perfect opportunity to develop your language skills like never before. Your pronunciation will come on in leaps and bounds, as will your vocabulary, and you’ll make more progress than you ever could from simply reading a book. A high standard of written English may prove useful in all manner of different business situations, such as writing proposals, presentations, emails, website pages, blog posts, newsletters, and other marketing materials. This means that the linguistic benefits of studying abroad are likely to go far beyond the initial boost it will give to your English.
4. Make new friends
Studying abroad, or in an international environment at home, will enable you to make friends with people from all around the world. These are people whom you could go and visit in their own countries, so you could well end up experiencing even more of the world than the country you initially went to study in. There’s nothing like visiting a country with a local; they’ll show you what it’s really like to live there, not just the side that the tourists see. You can also return the favour, of course, and invite your new international friends to come and stay with you in your own country; then you’ll get to show an outsider all the things you love about your own country. Their fresh perspective on your home country will likely be quite eye-opening and will help you see your own country from a different point of view.
5. Increase your career opportunities
When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.
Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country. Want to impress potential employers? Companies around the world continue to invest in the global market, and prefer to hire employees who have international experience. Not to mention knowledge of a 2nd language. Your resume will stand out from everyone else applying for the same position.
As you see, study abroad is more than just sightseeing. It’s taking big leaps, going with the flow, thinking in new ways, tasting new flavours, singing new songs, adventuring far and wide, raising cultural awareness, overcoming challenges, marching to your own beat, catching the sunset, and discovering yourself.
Another side, which we do not want to hide, is that moving away from your familiar environment can also be quite challenging. Moving away and putting a long distance between you and people you care about is hard. You will quickly learn who goes out of the way to stay in touch or uses their vacation days to come visit. There will be people who distance themselves, others will come closer and looking forward to visit you wherever you go. Furthermore exciting things might happen without you – friends will get married, babies will be born, and legendary parties will be thrown. You’ll probably miss a whole lot of it and only catch selected moments on social media. It’s really hard to accept and this cruel reality sometimes holds young people back from starting their study abroad adventure.
But please stop crying and let us tell you the following- from first hand own experiences: Home is where the heart is!
When you do the step and move abroad, you will have two homes! You will have two addresses, two languages, and maybe two currencies in your wallet. Let’s not go as far as to say that you’ll have two personalities, but you will definitely always be part of two worlds – your old and your new home. The two worlds will probably become more and more of a blur over time. There is no need to choose, you can have both- you can have it all!