It’s intimidating to consider, which is why we’ve given you a few reasons why it’s a great option for your personal growth and career.
What exactly is studying abroad?
Universities and colleges have spaces for foreign students who wish to study at their institutions. The course length can vary from a simple semester abroad to an undergraduate degree or even a postgraduate degree. Students receive the same education offered to locals while touring the country and experiencing it firsthand. While some countries have high education costs, others offer higher education at an affordable cost.
That still doesn’t answer the question: why study abroad and not at home with family and friends? Here are seven reasons why studying abroad can improve your future career and help you grow as a person.
How Studying Abroad Improves Your Job Prospects:
1. Show employers a range of valuable business skills.
Studying abroad places students in new situations that would not be experienced while studying in your home country. This unfamiliar environment will make you think in a way you’ve never done before. You will be called upon to solve problems that you would not encounter on a regular basis.
Coping with a complex and stressful situation, such as moving to an unfamiliar country, shows employers the ability to adapt. Studying abroad also presents a range of communication skills where you have always been successful in overcoming cultural or language barriers. Showing your knowledge as a global citizen lets employers know that you can handle possible future international business opportunities.
2. Networking and building relationships with other students.
You will meet a variety of different people from cultures that you may never have known. Yes, they will become some of your closest friends, but they can help you in your career as well.
When looking for a new job opportunity, your old friend from college may point you towards careers you might never have heard of. There may come a day when they will find a position that is perfect for you. The same can apply for them on a day when you become their source of great job opportunities. Studying abroad allows you to build and maintain a wide-ranging global network.
3. Learn a new language when you study abroad.
Whether you see it as a personal or professional benefit is up to you. What is certain is that having a foreign language on your CV is attractive to future employers. Learning the language directly is often better than in a classroom. You also learn local slang and conversational language spoken by locals and not in textbooks.
Speaking a mother tongue opens up career paths in countries that speak that language as a first language. It also helps companies working in these markets connect with potential business partners, with you being the perfect go-between.
4. Quality education to study abroad.
Do you know how some schools are known for specific courses by students all over the world? Some universities and colleges have world-renowned quality education in certain disciplines that you wouldn’t get in your home country. Studying Abroad gives you more options for institutions that can offer you the best education for the degree you want or in a degree that is not offered anywhere else. It looks great on your resume to have the highest level of education possible in your field. These universities also have state-of-the-art facilities that provide you with hands-on experience before you graduate.
How studying abroad can help you grow as a person:
5. Studying abroad teaches you valuable life skills.
We’ve discussed how being adaptable can be appealing to employers, but it’s also a great life skill to have. Studying abroad helps you develop many skills that will help you in the future. This includes traveling alone, exploring unfamiliar destinations, and problem solving. It will also give you a sense of maturity and accomplishment, knowing that you have undertaken and successfully completed a daunting but rewarding task.
6. Experience different cultures in a foreign country.
As with learning new languages, studying abroad offers the opportunity to meet people from very different cultures. This array of new people can teach you so much about the world and our intercontinental neighbors. The benefits of meeting such a diverse group of people include an increased respect for the global community, an understanding of global issues, and learning new perspectives. On the other hand, you will also gain valuable insight into how people perceive you as well as your culture.
7. Meet new friends while studying abroad.
Some of the friends you make in college may be with you for the rest of your life. Studying abroad introduces you to people you would never have met in your home country. Additionally, overcoming potential cultural barriers is a great skill to have when meeting people in the future. With the improvements in communication through the internet and social media, it’s easier than ever to stay close to friends.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to why studying abroad is so rewarding. There are so many great places to explore while studying towards the career of your dreams. Do your research and find the best degree and the best country to make those years of your life even more exciting. Once you have selected a few degree options in countries that intrigue you, it will all fall into place and you will be studying abroad in no time.
Are you interested in your study abroad options and maybe need more information? IE Abroad is organizing a virtual expo on September 18, 2021. To register, you can visit the virtual expo page where you will find more information and the program. Many top universities will be present and this is the perfect opportunity to meet them and discuss your options and costs.
You can also contact an International Studies Advisor at [email protected] or by calling +27 68 191 8492 (Johannesburg) or +27 60 812 7080 (Cape Town)