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 and questions to ask. It can be hard to find the right information. Perhaps the most important question to ask for studying abroad is why?
Let’s explore why.
All subjects have a global context and it is important for all universities to consider this point when developing and delivering teaching materials. By studying abroad, especially a subject which you are passionate about, you have the opportunity to add depth to your subject knowledge and to globalise your CV.
Most people think that in order to study abroad you need to speak another language. That’s no longer true.
If you study in America or Australia you’ll only need to adapt to their version of the English language. In the past the challenge has been Europe for most English speaking students. However, there is now a movement amongst universities across Europe to deliver their degree programmes in English. In fact some universities are now declaring themselves as English speaking, the University of Groningen, Fontys, and NHTV Breda to name a few. Whilst you will be taught in English you might be provided with domestic language classes as an additional part of your programme and making friends from other countries means that you’ll soon pick up new language skills.
Most people want to travel at some point in their life. Most would agree that travelling whilst you are young is better than leaving it until your latter years. Living and studying in a different country could be the perfect combined opportunity.
Studying abroad is your opportunity to learn. That’s a given, but it is your chance to learn a new culture which is very important for an ever connected and inter-culturally rich global economy. What you learn about another culture will be hugely valuable in your career. As you experience a new culture you will have to adapt, again another hugely important skill to have for an ever changing workforce. A number of graduate employers are now seeking candidates with international experience (AGR 2013).
To summarise the experience of studying abroad can help:
- Develop a new perspective on academic subjects and real world issues
Studying in a new learning environment can enhance learning style, which helps develop a global perspective on social, political, and economic issues.
- Develop a second, third or fourth language
Employers, especially those in an international context, favour candidates who can speak more than one language.
- Develop personally
Most people want to travel at some point in their life. Doing it earlier in life and studying at the same time can add significant value to one’s short and long-term career plans.
- Develop valuable employability skills
Employers are more interested in someone’s employability and the skills they have to offer than qualification.
So what's your reasons for studying abroad? We'd love to hear why!