THE BENEFITS OF STUDYING ABROAD

Studying abroad can be a wonderful experience if you embrace your new environment with an open mind and a positive attitude. Here are a few of the many benefits you can gain from studying in a different country.

A Different Culture

Being in a different country exposes you to a different way of life. This could include the use of a different language or a different belief or value system. Learning about a different culture will not only help you adapt better, but will also give you a deeper appreciation of other cultures as well as your own. When you immerse yourself in a different way of life in a foreign land by trying new things, your life will be enriched by these new experiences. An appreciation for cultural diversity will also have a positive impact on your social interactions in future.

Travel

This is a must for every student who studies abroad. Take the opportunity to explore your host country by travelling to other cities or places of interest such as historical sights and popular landmarks. If you have the time and money, you should visit neighbouring countries as well. This is the best opportunity to see more of the world, and learn about other cultures through your travels.

Learn a New Language

Studying in another country means adapting to a different education system, people, customs, and possibly a different language. Although it may seem like a lot of work, make time to learn the language of your host country, or other languages that are spoken in the country. It will not only make communicating with the locals easier, but will enrich your overall experience as a student in a different country.

Personal Development

Spending a year or more abroad studying will teach you to be responsible for yourself because you need to make decisions on your own in several important areas. First of all, you need to be responsible for your studies which means you need to manage your own time in order to accomplish what you set out to do. Secondly, you need to manage your finances to ensure you have enough money for fees, rent and food. Thirdly, you need to make sure you are healthy mentally and psychologically which means you need to eat well, exercise and maintain contact with friends and family. Having to make your own decisions in these areas will give you the opportunity to grow as an individual as you reflect on the impact of your decisions.

Lifelong Friends

One of the best things about studying abroad is the opportunity to make friends from different countries. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet new people in class as well as when you participate in activities organised by your university, and when you join clubs and societies. Therefore, make it a point to talk to people and be involved in activities outside the classroom. Being friendly and helpful to everyone you meet will gain you some friends for life. Future travel plans will be made easier too, as you will have a local tour guide, and the network you form at university will benefit you in the future.

There are many benefits of studying abroad. If you keep an open mind and maintain a positive attitude to learning, your experience of studying abroad will be an unforgettable one that will also make you a better person. However, studying overseas can be costly. Therefore, if you want to study overseas, talk to your parents about finances early so that you can plan for it. Depending on your situation, you may need to apply for a scholarship, take a gap year to work to earn enough money for tertiary studies, or secure a loan.