7 ways it will change your life
Studying abroad is truly a life-shifting experience. There are personal, academic, and even career benefits of studying abroad. It’s a chance to try something totally new and challenging!
1. See and live the world
You can only learn so much about another culture by watching Netflix or Instagram!
Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their homes for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they discover new cultural perspectives: new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.
In addition, when you’re abroad, you won’t be limited to traveling in just the nation in which you are studying – you can see neighboring countries as well!
At the end of your study abroad journey, you will have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history because you had the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.
2. Learn more about yourself and train your adaptability
Throwing yourself into a completely new environment will help you to figure out what you’re good at, as well as what you’re not so good at. These are things that can then be built on during your study abroad experience.
Also, if you want to be successful in your chosen career, you will have to become adaptable to change and to diverse cultures. Living in a foreign culture will train your adaptability.
3. Learn a new language
Learning a new language can be an enriching experience from all points of view.
Mastering a foreign language can make you a more attractive candidate for an interesting job. Besides the professional and economic rewards, knowing a foreign language brings a lot of personal satisfaction but also broadens your sources of information and cultural experience.
4. Interning your way to the top
Interning during your study abroad will give you a real-life, professional experience. Is there a company abroad you’re particularly interested in? Or somewhere your ideal industry is well-known for? Use your time abroad to explore. Talk to your study abroad advisors on-site, or at your school, and figure out how to make it happen. You never know who you might meet while networking abroad.
In today’s world of interconnected economies and supply lines between countries, employers are looking to hire people who are knowledgeable about international trends, and having some work experience abroad is definitely a plus.
5. Gain perspectives
Studying abroad also offers the unique opportunity to learn what you know but from a totally different perspective. Different cultures have different ways of interacting with the world, and studying in a foreign university will give you another perspective of your coursework. In general, mixing it up with different professors is a good idea for a well-rounded education.
6. Make new friends from around the world
In today’s globalized world, establishing an international network can help you both professionally and socially. Having contacts you can rely on in foreign countries will not only be an invaluable asset as you progress in your career, but it will also enrich your travel experience.
7. Discover things about your own culture
This may sound counterintuitive, but going abroad for a significant period of time and integrating yourself into a foreign environment allows you to view your culture from the outside and probably offers a more objective vision of your own background and the society you come from.
Going abroad helps you put your origins into perspective.
Updated 12 January 2022