Why Study Abroad?
Apprenticeships, higher education, gap year, further education, employment, traineeship, and now study abroad. You might feel like you have a million and one options to choose from and questions to ask.
It can be hard to find the right information. Perhaps the most important question to ask is simply…
Why study abroad?
1. Global experience
Your subject/s and course materials will have a global context and new different perspectives - by studying abroad you’re globalising your CV and adding depth to your knowledge that other, non-travelling, students simply won’t have.
What you learn about another culture whilst studying aboard will be hugely valuable in your career.
As you experience new cultures you’ll learn to adapt quickly to situations outside your comfort zone and grow in confidence and communication levels too. You’ll develop those valuable employability skills which are hugely important to large and small global businesses alike.
In fact, a growing number of graduate employers are now seeking candidates with international experience (AGR 2013).
2. Now you're speaking my language
Most people think that to study abroad you need to speak another language. That’s no longer true.
In the past, studying at a European university presented English speaking students with a language challenge. However, there is now a movement amongst universities across Europe to deliver their degree programmes in English. Some universities are even declaring themselves as English speaking, the University of Groningen, Fontys, and NHTV Breda to name a few.
Plus, as an added bonus… whilst you’re taught in English you could also take advantage of domestic language classes as an additional part of your programme; and with all the friends you’ll make you’ll soon pick up new language skills.
3. To travel is to live.
Most people want to travel at some point in their life and feel inspired by what the world has to offer - living and studying in a different country is the perfect way to do it.
It’s your chance to see the world in a safe and long term way whilst you are young. You will experience a whole mix of new and wonderful things- food, culture, education, people and sights – what’s not to love about that.
Study abroad is a fantastic opportunity that’ll enrich not just your CV, but your mind and soul too.
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