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7 benefits of studying foundation courses abroad

Posted 08 April 2012
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Studying abroad has been a trend of the past several years, and more and more international students come to different countries all over the world, to learn the local language, learn about the local culture, and generally meet new friends and have a good time. Although this sounds good to you, you might still ask, what are the benefits that you will acquire through actually studying abroad?

Studying abroad has been a trend of the past several years, and more and more international students come to different countries all over the world, to learn the local language, learn about the local culture, and generally meet new friends and have a good time. Although this sounds good to you, you might still ask, what are the benefits that you will acquire through actually studying abroad? In this short article, I will suggest several such benefits, specifically related to the Foundation courses. In short, Foundation courses are preparatory courses for university, which are focused on both developing your language skills and your academic knowledge. If you are interested in more, check out another article I have written, explaining what Foundation courses are and how to apply for them. Now, without further ado, I present to you the major benefits of studying Foundation courses abroad.  

1. Language Skills

The main benefit of studying foundation courses abroad as opposed to studying a similar course in your home country is definitely the boost that the course abroad will give your language skills. You will not only be exposed to the foreign language during your time in class, but also during your free time, which will lead you to internalise the language at a much quicker pace than you could if you only studied the language at home. The language classes will also be targeted so that to help you prepare for university and for your specific degree, which will be of major benefit when you are applying for your university place, and also once you are actually at university.


2. Better University Experience

The foundation course will also help you feel more prepared and confident when it comes to moving on to your new life at university. The foundation programme is essentially an introductory course to a university and that is both in the language and academic sense. Therefore, especially if you decide to stay in the foreign country of your choice, your transition to university will be made significantly easier by the foundation programme because you will already know what to expect, which is an advantage that other students might not have had. The foundation course is also a pathway to the best university places.


3. Meeting International Friends

Let’s face it - in most cases, when in your own country, you meet people from your own country. Wouldn’t it be great to become friends with people all over the world, to be able to meet someone from every continent, and to be able to meet a generally diverse set of people? This is exactly the opportunity that many foundation courses abroad will offer you. If meeting extraordinary people of different background excites you, you should definitely look into attending an international college abroad, which is specifically designed to accommodate many different nationalities, such as Bellerbys College.


4. Independence
    
In your country, most likely, you would be living at home, or very close to home, when attending a foundation course. While that offers great comfort, it does not really offer you much freedom and independence. Going to study abroad is an eye-opening experience which makes you not only much more independent, but also much stronger. In many senses also, you will learn to understand yourself and your needs in terms of lifestyle, much better than you ever could at home when you live with your parents. Becoming independent by living abroad is also very “useful” in terms of future prospects - sooner or later you will have to become independent of your parents, and the sooner you do it, the easier the transition will be for you.

5. Exploring New Culture

Of course, studying in a new country should be an adventure and an opportunity to explore everything that is new and different from your home country. As important as academic success during your foundation course, it is important for you to become familiar with the habits and lives of regular people in the country you have newly moved into. A great opportunity for this exploration is living with a host family during your foundation course. When living with a host family, you get to experience a true lifestyle of the country abroad, and you get to become a full part of it yourself. It is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become very closely acquainted with a new culture.


6. Future Employment Opportunities

Regardless of whether you wish to pursue your future career abroad or in your home country, all employers will appreciate international experience on your resume. Not only does it show that you are proficient in a foreign language, it also portrays you as an independent and strong person who is adaptable and open to taking on challenges. Employers all over the world appreciate people who are not afraid to make decisions and to work independently, and this is exactly what you will learn when studying abroad. Furthermore, the foundation programme will allow you to learn about a specific field that you have chosen, which, if related to your future career prospects, can also only impress your prospective employers!


7. Specialise in your Chosen Field

A foundation course is your first step towards expertise in your chosen area. They are offered in numerous subjects, and each and every one of them constitutes the best possible stepping stone to following your degree at university and beyond. Not to just be opportunistic in terms of future options - put simply, the foundation courses allow you to closely explore whatever topic interests you or you are passionate about. And - you have the option to do this in an exciting country abroad!  


I hope the above has enticed you to apply for a foundation programme abroad. I myself have been studying abroad for the past four years at Bellerbys College and I have never regretted the decision. The opportunities that have come my way as a direct result of my studying abroad have been endless, and I am sure it will be similar for you!

Zuzana Chlupackova

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