Should I stay or should I go? It’s an all-consuming question for so many students these days. But if you’re lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity to study abroad, whether it’s for a month or a year, what should you do?
Maybe you’re considering your first educationally orientated trip abroad, or maybe you’re an experienced traveller looking for tips on ways to do things differently. Whatever your motivation or current circumstance, studying abroad can be one of the most pivotal, life-enriching experiences of your life.
Here are some of the biggest advantages you should consider and get excited about, before making your big decision:
1. Studying abroad is by far the simplest way to move to another country
It’s easy to fall in love with the place where you are born and raised. And it’s easy to feel so comfortable in your home town that the idea of uprooting your life and moving to another country becomes far too daunting. But how can you ever be sure that the country and city you know so well are as good as it gets? Unless you travel and throw yourself into new ways of existing, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on. As many experienced in foreign education will tell you, studying in a new country is easily one of the easiest ways to experience a new city, country and culture.
Studying abroad means you have the long holidays to explore your new surroundings and the bordering countries. In essence, the real beauty of studying abroad is balance. Yes, you’ll have to get your head down and work, but there’ll be plenty of time to indulge in life’s greatest pleasures. And, better yet, you’ll make a whole new group of friends to do it with!
2. Studying abroad will help you discover yourself
Studying alongside new and exciting people from all over the world is a truly unique experience. Learning about strange new cultures, new perspectives and developing a greater understanding of the world, it’s not just about studying; it’s also about discovering.
It may sound cheesy, but studying abroad is one of the most ‘real’ ways of working yourself out. Maybe you’re unsure of what to do with your future, maybe you’re at a crossroads and don’t know which way to turn. Fear not; studying abroad will help you find the answers.
“It’s likely that you will discover new cultures and eat all kinds of strange new foods whilst falling in love with a new way of life”
3. Studying abroad will allow you to indulge in a new language
It’s one thing studying a new language from a book, or in a classroom, but nothing will ever compare to the incredible feeling of living a new language. There’s just something about seeing a language in action, on a da y-today basis, in context, that simply can’t be replicated.
Are you studying a new language, or dream of doing so? Or are you simply trying your hardest to follow your passion for a new culture or language that has nothing to do with your official studies? You don’t need me to tell you that the best way to learn and master a new language, is to totally immerse yourself in its culture and traditions. All of a sudden, you’ll find it just makes sense.
4. Studying abroad can be life-changing
Personal reflection, time and development, these are all but a few of the neverending list of advantages the foreign student has to benefit from. When else in your life will you have the total freedom that anonymity and youth brings? Your studies abroad don’t mean you necessarily have to stay in that country for good.
But it’s likely that you will discover new cultures and eat all kinds of strange new foods whilst falling in love with a new way of life.
Your first experience of studying abroad will no doubt open the window to a world of further possibilities. Once you’ve got the ball rolling, anything is possible.
5. Studying abroad will massively enhance your CV
Yes it’s fun, and yes it’s life-changing, but it can also be immensely challenging, living and studying in a new country. But everyone knows this, which means, if you successfully manage to see out your study abroad placement, you’ll have earned your stripes and proven your resilience. And what future employer wouldn’t find that attractive? Don’t just think of the short-term impacts of your foreign study adventure. Instead, think of the rest of your life and the impact it will make on your CV and professional life.