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The Benefits of Studying Abroad

March 20, 2016

Why study abroad? It’s a question asked by thousands of students across the world as they try to decide how to make the most of their time at university.\r\n\r\nIn short, becoming an international student will change your life. You’ll go to so many places, meet so many people, and learn so many things. You’ll also develop new skills and increase your chance of finding employment after graduation. We recently took a look at the many myths which surround international study, but here are just a few of the benefits of studying abroad:\r\n\r\n

Embrace a new culture

\r\nWhen you first arrive in your host country, you may be surprised at how different it is from home. Although it can take some getting used to at first, before you know it you’ll be exploring a brand new environment and embracing the culture and way of life. You’ll be tasting new foods, familiarising yourself with cultural traditions, and enjoying an exciting new atmosphere. \r\n\r\n

Improve your language skills

\r\nWhen it comes to learning a new language, textbooks and dictionaries will only get you so far. The best way of mastering a language involves immersing yourself in a new culture and surrounding yourself with native speakers.\r\n\r\nBy studying in a foreign country, you’ll be able to grow your vocabulary, improve your grammar, and practise your pronunciation. You’re also likely to pick up some of those popular idioms and phrases that make the language special. \r\n\r\n

Embark on an adventure

\r\nWith books to read and exams to prepare for, it may seem as though life as a student is pretty hectic. However, in a few years from now you may look back and realise just how much free time you had and how many opportunities there were for adventure. \r\n\r\nOnce you find a job after graduation, you’re likely to have a limited amount of time to travel. As a result, fit your adventures in now. There’s nothing more exciting than hopping on a plane to a foreign country with a world of opportunities ahead. \r\n\r\n

See the world

\r\nIf you’ve already travelled before, you’ll know how amazing it feels to cross a new country off your map after a sight-seeing adventure. By becoming an international student, you’ll be able to visit countless museums, landmarks, natural wonders, and expand your knowledge.\r\n\r\nYou’ll also have the chance to visit neighbouring countries too. For example, if you study in England, Scotland and Wales are just a train journey away. You could even take a train through the Eurotunnel to visit France and other European countries. \r\n\r\n

Open new career opportunities

\r\nWhether you return home after your time as an international student, or stay in your host country to work, you will have gained valuable life experience that could make you more employable. After all, travel can broaden a person’s mind and make them wiser and more knowledgeable. As a result, employers are likely to be impressed by your language skills and ability to be proactive.\r\n\r\n

Make lifelong friends

\r\nIn your host country you’ll have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and make lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While many of these new friends are likely to be from the country you’re studying in, there will also be people from other parts of the world. They’ll be just as new to the culture as you are, so you’ll be able to explore your new environment for the first time together. \r\n\r\nWhether you study in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, there are so many advantages to studying abroad. You’ll gain valuable life experience, learn about how other cultures live, and develop as a person. \r\n\r\nFor more information about being an international student in the UK, please get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.