Taking the plunge and making the move to study abroad can be a big decision for anyone to make.
Fear of the unknown is an understandable apprehension to have and willingly signing up for an extended period in a foreign land can be a daunting prospect.
With that being said, life’s biggest journeys start with a single step and there is a myriad of benefits of studying abroad that far outweigh the initial nerve-racking jitters.
How so? Read on to find out.
Why Study Abroad?
In addition to the obvious education benefits of studying abroad, the experience itself brings with it a whole host of perks that can quite literally change your life for the better.
To prove just that, here are a few of the biggest benefits of studying abroad:
Perhaps the most obvious of all the perks of studying abroad, the personal development that life in a new land brings is virtually unrivalled.
Studying abroad can bring with it a world life experience, from the independent qualities of living life without a parental safety net to the social aspects of fitting in and making new relationships in a fresh environment.
Living abroad for an extended period of time can also open your mind to new perspectives and lifestyles, making you a more well-rounded individual as a result, while the enlightening influence of different cultures can also be something that stays with you for the rest of life.
Learn a New Language
The living embodiment of the phrase “jumping in at the deep end”, the “sink or swim” mentality of immersing yourself in a foreign culture may be a bold approach to learning but it can also be the most effective way to pick up a new language.
After all, what better way to improve your local linguistics than by going straight to the source? You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can sharpen your skills and improve your dialect as a result.
Mastering the foreign tongue simply from a textbook or in a classroom can be difficult without the real-world practical use to support and maintain it. Conversing with native speakers can not only reinforce your language skills but also vastly improve your pronunciation.
Once you return, you could be virtually fluent in your new foreign language which not only looks good on the CV but also opens you up to an avenue of international jobs that would otherwise be inaccessible.
International Career Opportunities
Speaking of jobs, studying abroad also presents a world of new career opportunities as well.
Following a prolonged spell of study, it’s not unusual for ex-pats to remain in their adopted homeland once their educational period has ended. As such, the fact that education was achieved within that country can be valuable and help exponentially when it comes to securing a job.
What’s more, travel itself can be a window to the job of your dreams, with certain locations being more relevant to a particular industry than other; for example, Berlin is famed for its technology jobs.
In addition to the primary career opportunities, it can present abroad, studying abroad can also have a variety of incidental, slow-burning professional perks; for example, the international network of contacts you will be able to create. Those connections could prove fruitful down the line if you do wish to consider professional exploration abroad.
Boost CV Domestically
While studying abroad can be a clear entryway into professional life overseas, it can also have a positive influence on your career prospects if and when you return home.
Studying abroad shows domestic employers that you are open-minded and not adverse to change to ensure progression. These characteristics are seen by employers as extremely valuable and can make your CV stand out from a crowded stack instantly.
Meanwhile, the fact that you had the motivation and discipline to study abroad also shows that you are both driven and adaptable – two transferable skills that many employers look for from in their candidates – as well as someone who welcomes a challenge.
See the World
Travelling the world and getting to see the sights outside of your home shores is a dream of many and what a lot of people consider a key ingredient of a happy and fulfilling life. The experiences at your fingertips when exploring life abroad can be unlike anything you can achieve back home.
Not only will you get to see the world but you’ll also get to experience your destination in an entirely different way to a traditional holiday. Studying abroad allows you to truly immerse yourself in the culture and soak up the local lifestyle over the long-term while you’re there.
Meanwhile, students that study abroad may also find it easier to travel further to additional countries during their excursion and/or once their study is over. The temptation of continuing your journey further afield can be easily achieved if funds allow.
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