Going away for higher education is the very first occasion when the students get a chance to live far away from their guardians and native place. College life teaches a lot more than just studies, it teaches us how to be flexible in life, how to become and independent individual and also helps us in developing life skills which will be utilized all through our lives. But sometimes it’s important to move out of the campus in order to get most of the life experiences.
Some students think that opting for off campus volunteer activities or work opportunities is the best possible way for them to get some real world experiences. The best way of getting tremendous knowledge and once in a life time experience is by considering studying in abroad. Going abroad for your education will offer you a unique chance to grow scholastically, professionally and personally.
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.
-Finally, academic issues can often arise during your exchange. The biggest problem is obviously the language barrier. Remember that you are going to study. Starting in a new place with the language handicap can make the difference between falling and succeeding. You also want to make sure that your credits abroad will be transferable to your university back home. Make sure that this does not become an issue before you commit.
As you can see, studying abroad has both its pro’s and con’s. It is important before you make your decision to look at both the positives points and the negatives points. You should be prepared to face different problems and to find solutions to them. Studying abroad can be a great opportunity if you’re ready for the challenges you may have to face.
Some of the benefits of studying in abroad
• While studying in aboard you will be participating in the day to day life of the local people which will give you a firsthand experience & understanding of their culture and language.
• You can master a new foreign language, since you will be surrounded with the native people, you can enhance your language knowledge, its pronunciation and fluency.
• In case your forefathers belong to the same place, you will get a chance to explore your ethnicity and ancestry.
• This will be the most adventurous trip for you; you can explore your inner unknown talents and can perform several activities which you won’t be able to do at your hometown.
• You will get a chance to learn cross culture communication which will help you while working in a globalized firm.
• It will also help you in increasing your career prospects.
Some of the challenges which you might face while going abroad for higher studies are:
• You might feel a little homesick and yearn for your loved ones as this is the first scenario where you are living away from your family.
• You might not find the course worth it after joining it, therefore it’s better to inquire about it beforehand
• Some country locals are very friendly whereas some are hard to make friends.
• You might find it difficult to adjust in your own culture after coming back from abroad, as you had adopted it so well.
• Studying aboard programs can be a bit expensive for common people.
Now you can decide on your own whether studying abroad is good for you or bad for you.