Although studying abroad is always worthwhile, it matters more and more where you go. Here are just a few of the many benefits that studying abroad can bring:
Have you ever lived in another country? If not, this your chance to take the leap and challenge yourself. Living in a country that is completely different from your own will teach you the skills needed to live an independent life. You will find new sides of yourself that you would not have discovered if hadn’t stepped out of your comfort zone.
Having the basic conversational skills in a more exotic language makes a statement: you are willing and able to learn niche skills and develop your portfolio creatively and ambitiously. Even if you do not learn a completely new language abroad, improving your existing English language skills will become extremely useful to you. Being able to communicate confidently in English and give presentations in a foreign language is something you will need regardless of your future career path. Comprehensive, polished and confident language skills never go out of style when interviewing for a job.
During your time abroad, you have the chance to make many new friends among both locals and other international students. Some of those relationships can blossom into lifelong friendships. These relationships can enrich both your personal and professional life. You will never know how the contacts you have made can help you in the future, from finding a place to stay when visiting a foreign country to even landing a job.
The American non-profit organization Partnership for 21st Century Learning has identified 4 skills that are most needed in 21st century education: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. All those skills can be learned by living and studying abroad, especially in a culture very different from your own. You will be presented with many obstacles during your day-to-day life, but with some creative thinking and cooperation with others, you are sure to tackle all of them. At the end of your study abroad period, you have mastered all the skills need to thrive in this millennium.
The living costs in our destinations are generally considered affordable. You can feel abundant even on a student budget.
Our destinations have rich and diverse cultures and immersing yourself in them is a life-changing experience. Whether it is architecture, art of food, cultures are always awe-inspiring. You will not run out of sights to see or an attraction to experience abroad because you never know what you might find on the next street corner. If you embrace the foreign culture and its habits with open arms, you can find a completely new way of living.
All the skills you have learned abroad will also interest your future employers. According to the biggest-ever survey on the subject, the QS Global Employer Survey Report, 6 out of 10 employers around the world give extra credit for an international student experience, and more than 80% said they actively sought graduates who had studied abroad. It also matters where you go: employers seem to look favourably on the adventurous students. The more the culture of the destination country differs from your own, the more you will be able to learn, grow and demonstrate your capacity to adapt and be flexible.
One of the most important variables behind the miracle of the speed of growth and recovery in foreign economies is the quality of education. The goal of education abroad is to equip people to become productive members of their given societies as well as equip the students with the skills and mentality to be able to successfully compete against the masses of other applicants. Our carefully selected partner universities are all among the top universities in their respective countries.
Studying with Beyond Abroad is a dream come true for an adventurer. There are countless places to explore and exotic islands to discover. You will get the opportunity to see discover all this exciting continent in just one semester and gather enough stories for a lifetime.
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