Reasons to Study Abroad
(beyond it being AWESOME!)
Rarely does an opportunity help young people personally develop as rapidly as a study abroad programme can. It may be the first time you will take a flight on your own, you will live with a new family and adapt to their lifestyle and start life at a new school. Scary stuff! It will make you more independent and help you develop those all important communication skills needed for your future. You will develop your problem solving and logistical skills and truly be making your own decisions. Teachers around the world tell us that when students return from overseas they are much more mature than their peers and more focused on their future.
Alessia Z from Italy “The experience is unique. It makes you grow up as a person and it is something I will always remember.”
Improved Educational Attainment
Studies have shown that students who return to study in their home country after studying overseas have improved their overall education attainment compared to those who have not studied abroad.
Travelling is now part of everyday life because travel methods are affordable and routes to far flung places are now more accessible. But while visiting a country and seeing the sights is very enjoyable, nothing develops your inter-cultural awareness like immersing yourself in a foreign country and living like a local. You will become more mature and self-confident, you will have experiences which would be unattainable at home and you will have understanding and tolerance of those whose culture is unlike your own.
Michela M from Italy
“I feel a lot more mature and self-confident now”
Increased Career Prospects
Regardless of the career you choose or company you choose to work for, a global outlook is now becoming imperative. From a large international corporation to a small local establishment, every business will have international links, partners or customers.
Showing the initiative, commitment and drive of undertaking an endeavour as huge as studying abroad will set you apart from the crowd. It is a great way to start a conversation and highlight your assets in an interview setting.
A World of Fun
Taking a study programme overseas is one of the best experiences you will have. The thrill of a new adventure, learning new things, meeting new people and seeing everything a new country has to offer. Watching a baseball game, visiting monuments, going to the local water park and enjoying the food will be something you cherish.
Speak the Language
Only by immersing yourself in another country can you truly learn the language. There is nothing more thrilling than going to a foreign country and speaking to a local in their language, and them understanding you. ‘YES’ will be the phrase in your head. Our students have reported that after a certain amount of time they dream in their new language which is when they know they have cracked it.