6 Reasons Why You May Want to Study Abroad
Going off to college or university is the dream of most teens, in fact, it’s usually seen as more of a rite of passage than anything else, but not all of these teens want to remain close to home, or even in the same country. Luckily for them, colleges and universities from all over the world are massively expanding their study abroad programs, so it’s now easier than ever to jet off somewhere sunny (or cold, if you’d prefer) and get your learning on. Despite how amazing this opportunity is, it’s understandable that you might have reservations and aren’t quite sure if studying abroad is for you. Well, the sooner you figure this out, the more prepared you and your family will feel, so to help you make up your mind, here are a few reasons why you should consider studying abroad.
It’s An Adventure
When you go and live in a different country for a relatively long period of time, it’s a completely different experience from going on holiday there. You’ll be able to figure out how to get the most out of your new home, by learning how to avoid tourist scams, where the best places are to eat, and where is good on a night out. All of this is going to be tough and take a while, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. You will also have the opportunity to try many different foods that you might not get back home, will have to learn a new language, so that you can communicate with the locals, and will be able to do some exploring in your free time. You might never get an opportunity like this again, so it’s definitely worth it to grab it with both hands, some people even choose to continue to live in their chosen country long after their studies have ended.
Gives You An Edge
Once you’ve studied abroad, you will be held in higher esteem than your peers by other schools and employers. This is because studying abroad isn’t easy, in fact, it can get really tough, so schools and employers will know that you are probably incredibly independent, mature, and adventurous, all of which are brilliant characteristics. However, as I’ve already said, living abroad can be tough, so never decide to study abroad if getting an edge is your only reason; There are many more ways to improve your CV that don’t include relocation.
You’ll Appreciate Home
Moving away for college is tough enough, so imagine how much tougher it is to move to a completely new country. Of course, you’ll still be able to Facetime and Skype your friends and family, but you won’t be able to go home to see them as often, so you will probably miss them a lot. While this is unfortunate, the silver lining of this situation is that when you do see them, you will appreciate them a whole lot more than you used to. Any little issues that you had with each other before won’t matter anymore because you’ll just be so happy to see them. If and when you eventually return home, your relationships with your loved ones will be so much stronger; After all, they will have been missing you this whole time, too.
Meet New People
Being away from those that you’ve known your entire life isn’t easy, but it does give the opportunity to branch out and meet a lot more people. Studying abroad is a great way to meet a lot of people that think the same as you do, as well as many that don’t. Every single day you will come across so many new people, such as other students, host families, and even cashiers in shops; Any of these people could one day become a lifelong friend for you. Most people worry about moving abroad, because they’ll miss people back home, but as long as laptops and phones continue to exist, you’ll be just fine, I promise.
It’s Cheaper Than You Think
Most people naturally assume that studying abroad is going to cost a limb or two, and, of course, some places are going to be more expensive than others, but there are plenty of countries that will be a lot cheaper to live and study in than back home. Depending on which country you choose to study in, tuition fees could be a lot cheaper than you’re used to; You might even be able to bag yourself an international student scholarship. There are also lots of countries that offer affordable overseas student health cover and great student discounts for well-known stores. Who wouldn’t want to study somewhere sunny for a fraction of the price?
To Challenge Yourself
I’ve mentioned this a few times now, but because it’s so important to understand, I’m going to say it again – Studying abroad is going to be difficult. You will constantly have to push your boundaries and get outside of your comfort zone, and as daunting as this may be, this could be the making of you. You will have to learn to be independent and rely on yourself, at least until you make some solid friends. You will also have to adapt to your new surroundings and figure out how to navigate them, all while also trying to get an education. There will be ups and downs, but you will learn to cope with them and will grow into a proper adult.
Not everyone is going to be able to cope with studying abroad, and that’s completely fine and understandable, but you need to figure out if you can before you make any big decisions either way. Make sure to do your research and properly consider the reasons mentioned above. The last thing that you want is to choose not to go, and then regret it for the rest of your life. However, if you do choose to study abroad, it is going to be one of the best and most life-changing experiences of your life. Good luck!