If the thought of studying a Bachelor’s degree abroad makes your eyes sparkle, then you should definitively pursue your dream; take a deep breath, and go for it!
But if you still have some doubts, don’t worry! Everyone does. Going abroad for your studies is a huge step and probably one of the most important life-changing decisions you’ll make.
If you still need some convincing, or a bit of emotional support, here are seven decisive reasons that will clear your mind and make you start looking for your perfect international Bachelor’s.
1. See the world, travel to great countries
One of the main reasons for you to study abroad is the possibility of seeing the world. You will have the opportunity to explore and visit new places and immerse yourself in the culture of the country you will study your undergraduate degree.
In addition, you can easily visit neighbouring countries. For instance, Europe, being only twice as large as the Amazon Rainforest, is famous for being so tiny you can literally walk from country to country (well… almost).
Here are just a few countries with great English-taught degrees just waiting to be discovered:
2. Embrace a new culture first-hand
We all grow up in our own culture and traditions, so when you decide to study abroad, you get to see other perspectives and cultures, and that’s always an interesting and fascinating thing.
You might experience cultural shock, but that shouldn’t deter you, if you go into it with a sense of wonder, not fearing changes. Don’t take our word for it. Here is what international student Beltus from Cameroon thinks about studying abroad:
“If the world is becoming a global village, it means it’s also becoming competitive, and if the world is becoming competitive, then you have to upgrade your personal capacity, to be able to fit in.”
It’s hard to disagree with him. So why not give universities abroad a chance?
If you don’t know where to start, here are some of the most international universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education:
3. Make internationals BFFs
Nowadays, keeping in touch with people from different continents is fairly easy and accessible, thanks to our miracle-working phones.
And, although it might seem difficult, at first, you should know that making friends is the easiest thing ever, if you either become a Student Ambassador for your future university, or you join extra-curricular activities.
And, as a plus, by making international friends, you will have additional reasons to travel and sleep on random couches around the world.
4. Dream job, here I come!
Another important benefit of studying abroad is that you can add this experience to your CV. This will help you stand out from the crowd, seeing how, in an increasingly globalised society, any kind of international experience will help you immensely.
If you’re curious what the most popular careers and study-options international students search for, you should know that these are:
5. Amaze people with your foreign language skills
You may have learned English from song lyrics and movies, or you may have studied the main grammar and vocabulary during school, but you will always need to use it in real-life situations and interactions.
Just think how many nuance things you will learn after talking, studying, and taking an exam in English: famous phrases, quotes, or even curse words (but we’re not encouraging that!). Plus you can also improve your language more formally by taking a short course.
6. An international Bachelor’s makes you smarter
It might sound cliché, but travelling for your Bachelor’s degree will make you a much worldlier person. Studying abroad is one of the most eye-opening, mind-bending, life-changing experiences a student can have.
When you study abroad, you learn about new people, cultures, perspectives, all of which help you expand your view of the world.
7. Become your own person
Finally, another benefit of studying abroad and embracing this adventure is learning about yourself.
Being in a new place by yourself can be difficult at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to different situations. This means that you will learn how to be independent and mature, and you will become more confident and grow as a person.
I have recently had the opportunity to read through hundreds and hundreds of year abroad graduate case studies, and it made me realise just how much students miss out if they don’t study abroad during their degree course. It also means I’m in the perfect position to write this list – an assimilation of their (and my!) top tips and biggest benefits in hindsight – all in one place. Here are 100 reasons (there are many more – these are the best ones!) to study abroad and make the most of every second you’re away…
1. The majority of graduates describe it as the best year of their degree course.
2. If you are studying while you’re abroad you have the opportunity to study new subjects not available to you at your home university.
3. You can practice, develop and hone your language skills so that you find your final year a lot more manageable.
4. When you travel, people think from your accent that you are from your year abroad city, which is great for your self-confidence.
5. You become very self-sufficient and independent.
6. You grow up a lot and very quickly.
7. Starting again in a new country, you are thrown in at the deep end – the others who come out the other side with you become friends for life.
8. You meet people from other countries who are a useful international network and may be helpful for your career.
9. You can study abroad whether or not you’re studying a language at university, so why not take advantage of your opportunity to spend a year of your degree in an exciting new place?!
10. You will understand foreign customs and traditions, which will be helpful for international business negotiations in future.
11. Employers are fascinated and impressed by your year abroad experiences in interviews.
12. Not many students study abroad, it is something unique and noteworthy on your CV that will help you to stand out.
13. You are more likely to regret the things you don’t do…
14. You will eat new food and learn to cook local specialties to surprise your friends and family on your return.
15. Many graduates find that their future career direction is influenced by what they do on their year abroad.
16. Teaching on your year abroad enables you to try it out before you commit to a PGCE or Teach First placement.
17. If you are considering moving abroad after you graduate, you can scout around for a place to live and make useful contacts to pave your way.
18. Many year abroaders meet their future husband or wife on their year abroad… just sayin’.
19. You can keep a blog or a journal to record your experiences abroad, so once you are nearing the middle or end you can look back at your outlook at the start and truly see your progress.
20. You can write your own guidebook which will help you, your friends and family on future trips to your year abroad destination/s.
21. You can practice travel writing if you are interested in a career where you travel internationally and are self-employed.
22. Being fluent in a foreign language will open innumerable doors and possibilities to you, both in your career and personal life.
23. You can offer international business development to any company you choose to work for.
24. The food in [insert your dream year abroad destination] is amazing!
25. If you work on your year abroad, then when you enter the job market on graduation you will already have real life work experience on your CV.
26. Many students have found that the company they worked for on their year abroad offers them a placement after they graduate.
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