Should I Learn English At Home Or Abroad?



2. Will the culture shock be overwhelming?

You might worry that the shock of being in a new place and having to learn different ways of doing things might get in the way of your ability to learn English. 

For some people, going to another country to study English might be the first time they’ve gone abroad on their own and that might be difficult. 

BUT: Remember, it’s difficult for everyone at first. Make some friends who speak your language and go out and get to know the area together.

Studying English in another country can really broaden your horizons and give you the opportunity to get to grips with a new culture. 

This can be especially useful if you intend to use your English language skills to study a degree as an international student. When you arrive at university, you'll have a head start over all the other international students. 

3. Will it be too expensive?

Studying English abroad may seem like a luxury: getting to spend time in another country, experiencing a whole new way of life and getting a first class education in a global language from people who really speak it; none of that comes cheap.

BUT: If you do your research correctly and plan well, you might find that it’s actually not that much more expensive than studying at home. 

You will learn a lot more in a shorter space of time and the quality of the English that you come back with will be much stronger.

You may find that you can study somewhere where the cost of living is less than you are used to. And you probably won’t have to grapple with getting a student visa if you are only staying for a short amount of time – make sure to check that though!

When you are considering the cost of studying English abroad, you need to be thinking in terms of the investment you are making in your future. That's what you are really paying for.