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What do you gain from studying abroad?

Posted 13 September 2013
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There’s little doubt about the huge advantages of globalisation and technology. Being able to view this article in the first place is one of the products of global education and technology advancement. You’ve probably seen an endless list somewhere about all the reasons you should be studying abroad or even reasoned these points by yourself. However in this blog I will be comparing and contrasting schooling in your home country against international study.

There’s little doubt about the huge advantages of globalisation and technology. Being able to view this article in the first place is one of the products of global education and technology advancement. You’ve probably seen an endless list somewhere about all the reasons you should be studying abroad or even reasoned these points by yourself. However in this blog I will be comparing and contrasting schooling in your home country against international study.

Old familiar surroundings vs. new fields: With studying abroad there’s always the prospect of coming in contact with new people and new environments. Not only have these been proven to be psychologically beneficial but will also go a long way to enhance your intellectual growth. In what way, you may ask! Well read on to know!

Limitations vs. a broadened perspective: Studying abroad gives one the opportunity to grow in some other place besides his or her hometown. Although many parents could think of this as a disadvantage, I think it could be more of a merit. A person studying in a different country will not develop the same way his counterparts at home would. This person has access to a different education, qualified and advanced teachers and new course mates from different nationalities, who can also challenge and influence.  There’s the chance to become more ambitious as you come in contact with new experiences you never even knew existed!

Dependence vs. independence: This is quite an easy choice. A lot of nations made it sometime or the other when they fought for their independence from their colonial masters. So it’s all down to the fact that independence is desired in human beings.That’s one of the things you gain from studying abroad. A person is all alone in a different country and, with time, soon learns to stand and live well by themselves. Every parent would want that for their children at some point.  Though some think of this as a challenge, especially sending a teenager abroad to study, in the long run the experience prepares the student for life as they learn basic skills in coping whilst also having the support of an educational environment.

New and corrected perspectives vs. misguided stereotyping: For many reasons, such as the media and even traditional folk stories, we have in one way or the other erroneously stereotyped particular races or religions. Even without meeting these people we begin to have various conclusions and negative opinions about them which are unfounded. However, studying abroad provides an opportunity to meet and interact with people from various nationalities and in doing so, we begin to dispel previous stereotypes and discover the stories we heard are in actual fact untrue!

Stagnation vs. positive change: Of course change!!! Human beings always want to grow and develop which is all part of that change process. Isn’t that one of the main reasons we go to school in the first place?. Well going to school abroad gives us the opportunity to grow outside the boundaries of our home country and become more diverse which is not just beneficial to a single individual but in the long run they will become an asset to their home country when the individual brings all their knowledge home.

Opportunity to learn a new language vs. no opportunity: Schooling in a place with a language other than your native dialect means you’ll have to learn the language at some point. When schooling at home, one might not see the use of doing  this. Studying abroad makes that opportunity possible and many do take advantage of that to be bilingual or even trilingual which can not only boost their CV in the future but also be of personal advantage to an individual too.

Looking forward to schooling in the UK, you should be looking at colleges which are not just international student friendly but top in all the league tables. One of these is Bellerbys with over four colleges in very popular locations in the UK.

OSAIKHUWUOMWAN, Osariemen (LOVE) 

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