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Why Study Abroad?

One of the most important questions facing prospective international students is "should I study in my home country or should I study abroad?

Depending on where you come from and where you are looking to study, international education could be a cross-country train away or completely on the otherside of the world. But wherever you are looking to study here are 10 reasons why a study abroad experience can be a good one for you.

1. Experience New Cultures

Every country in the world has its nuances, from unique social behaviours to celebrated religious festivals, from historical artefacts to lifestyle trends and much more. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to leave behind the familiar to explore the new. Embrace the local culture and choose which bits you want to take back home with you!


2. Be More Independent

As much as you may try, it can be hard to gain true independence when you know that your friends and family are still around and not too far away if you need them. There is nothing like taking away the safety net to discover new things about yourself and to assist your development into a young adult. It may feel like jumping in at the deep end, but you'll quickly learn to swim and will not know how you managed to spend so long on dry land before.


Improve Your Language Skills and More

3. Improve Your Language Skills

If you are learning a second language and would like to develop this further, a year abroad (such as Erasmus) or studying a whole degree in another country can be hugely beneficial. Do some research to see which institutions have the best study abroad programmes that will suit what you want to learn and where you'd like to learn. If you are looking to study English as a foreign language, you have a huge choice of countries that you could choose to study in, so the world really is your oyster. Find out more about IELTS and TOEFL on i-studentglobal.


4. Learn Specialist Knowledge

There are some subjects/courses that are best studied in certain countries. Whether you're interested in history, geography, art, music or many other areas, there will be certain things that you have to see/experience to study properly. Studying abroad can be a great way to develop specific skills, work with people who are world leading in their field at institutions that have the best facilities. If you already know what you want to specialise in, don't compromise! A year of studying abroad could put you ahead of your peers when applying for jobs after university when you return to your home country (if you choose to return).


5. Try New Things

Whether it's skydiving, mountain climbing, snorkelling or visiting the rainforest, every country has unique experiences that you can only experience in a few places in the world (or possible only one!). Try the local food, make friends with some locals and make the most of your adventure. You don't have to spend a lot of money to embrace the local culture but you will surely regret it if you don't!


Make New Friends and More

6. Make New Friends

The friends that you make studying abroad could be friends for life. Odds are, they will be interested in travelling to your home country to see what its like, and in return you will have a place to stay if you travel to their area again. It's great to make friends with people who are local to the area as well as other international students from all across the world. Play your cards right and you could have a place to stay on all of the continents, which would certainly make travelling in the future cheaper.


7. See New Perspectives

When you meet new people at university, go in with an open mind and talk to everyone, even if they seem completely different to you. It can be easy to group with other students from your country who are studying abroad, but in reality you didn't travel far and wide to meet people who went to school down the road from you all the while. There's nothing quite like the excitement of not knowing anybody and having to find your feet. University is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons. The people who you meet in your first week will influence your life greatly over the next few years and beyond, so choose wisely!


8. Utilise Financial Aid

Studying abroad needn't send you to spiralling into financial ruin. Lots of universities are paired with other institutions across the world and offer exchange programmes for 1 year, such as Erasmus. The universities do a lot of the administration for these schemes and often the majority of the costs are covered too. If you are interested in spending a year abroad as part of your degree, speak your academic school administrator to see what options are available. In addition to this, there are often scholarships available to international students for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses all across the world.


Impress Future Employers

9. Impress Future Employers

With more and more people finishing university with limited career prospects, international experience is something that makes your CV stand out from the pile when applying for jobs. Whether you've learned speak conversational Spanish or run 6 marathons in a year, time spent abroad is a talking point, which is valued particularly if you are looking for your first job out of university and have limited work experience.


10. You'll Regret It If You Don't

Finally, and possibly most importantly, if you don't study abroad then you will almost certainly regret it!


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