Deciding to go and study abroad is a big step in every students life. Although it may seem like a hardest decision in your life so far, it will certainly become the best thing you did for yourself. Regardless of whether you are going after your high school or for Master’s or for example, an Erasmus program, this decision will change your life for sure.
If you are still deciding on this, here are 5 reason for studying abroad that may help you in your quest:
One of the biggest reasons for going to study abroad is the opportunity to travel the world. New country gives you the chance to see and explore a piece of what the world has to offer. Every place has something unique, so you better go out and find what is it. It could be museums, parks, monuments, nature, buildings or places to go out and hang out with your new friends.
Besides, you should go and visit the countries that surround your host country. If you are in Europe, there is a lot of ways to travel, whether it is low-cost airplanes, trains or buses. Usually, there are always some discounts for students, so here’s another reason to seize this opportunity.
2. Become more confident, capable and stronger person
Have you always lived with your parents? Or even if you haven’t you’ve probably lived in your home country with people that speak the same language and have the same culture. Going abroad and leaving all that is familiar behind is a truly life changing experience. You have build your life for 20-something years and now what? Start over. Make new friends. Create new habits. Find out where is the new coffee shop where they serve coffee the way you like it.
Explore, explore and explore. Not just the city that you’re in, but also yourself. You’ll definitely find more things about yourself now than in this period than ever before. Being in a foreign country can be hard from time to time, but those are the moments when you’re testing yourself and your adapting capabilities in different circumstances. People who studied abroad are always looking forward new challenges and have different approaches in problem solving.
3. Friendships and contact network
While you’re studying abroad chances are you are going to meet a lot of people from different cultures. This offers you an opportunity to make new friendships that will last a lifetime. After you finish your studies, try to keep in touch with your international friends. Besides socializing, this may be a good networking later in the future.
4. New opportunities
We all know that studying is not enough. You can only learn so much from the books, just enough for the start. However, how exactly to do the work – you learn this when you actually start working. You can read a lot of books and hear a lot of stories about what it’s like to live, study or work somewhere, but it can’t nearly prepare you as something you have actually lived. There is no substitute for experience. Gain this experience early on by studying abroad. Learn in many different ways, as this experience will open the doors for many opportunities. Future employers value the experience you gained at your studies in foreign countries. These students show them they’re ready to take on new challenges and different situations. Also, it gives them an idea that you’re very dedicated to your education and have a desire to study, which makes you a perfect candidate.
5. You’ll maybe find out that living abroad is not ideal as you once thought
You probably know a lot of people who have spent a couple of years abroad and then returned to their home country. Before you decide to go, it’s important to know that this is a very real possibility. Ideal country doesn’t exist. It is just a matter of your personal preferences. Some may look at living abroad as a success, and they are happy just visiting their home country from time to time. Others may prefer to build their lives at their home country, because let’s face it – even though some things are better elsewhere, there’s no place like home. Either way, the most important thing is – don’t fool yourself that there’s a special place on earth where success is guaranteed. To make it anywhere you have to work really hard and invest in yourself a lot. Success doesn’t come for free nor quick.
To go or not to go?
The above maybe gives you a glimpse what are the benefits of studying abroad. Coming from a fellow student in foreign country, I believe these are some of the main things to consider when deciding on studying abroad. The process of finding a good university for you is not an easy one, so it’s better to be completely sure in your decision before you start. Either way, it is better to try it and not like it, than to wander whole your life what it would look like if you went. Do you plan to study abroad or are you already doing it? Write us your reasons in the comments down below. If you want to see more blogs like this, please visit our blog “MaDI blog“.