Why Study Abroad?

Everyone studies abroad for their own reasons, but here are a common reasons why some students decide to study abroad:

  1. Learn a Foreign Language

There is no better way to learn a language than from native speakers! By studying abroad, students have a chance immerse themselves in the culture of the people who speak the language. By surrounding themselves in environments where they can see and hear the language being used on a daily basis helps students understand how to better use the language in the proper cultural context. Language learning just happens most quickly under these circumstances.

  1. Expand Your Worldview

Cultural differences are more than just differences in language, food, appearances, and personal habits. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence lifestyles and worldviews. Students who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand others’ perspectives. Hence, students who study abroad can return home with an informed and much less biased perspective toward other cultures and peoples.

  1. Develop Your Self-Awareness

Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting can be challenging. However, through conquering new challenges and solving new problems, study abroad students often discover new strengths and weaknesses. The new experience also allows them to reconsider their own beliefs and values and develop better self-awareness.

  1. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you have the opportunity to attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives students the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with their international peers. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also become an important part of a student's social or professional network later on down the road. 

  1. Boost Your Resume for Graduate Schools or Career Options

Based on responses of 10,0000 hiring managers and CEOs from 116 nations, the 2011 QS Global employer survey found that 60% of employers "value an international study experience." Study abroad allows students to develop skills such as understanding foreign language, communicating with various people, collaborating with different perspectives, resilience, problem-solving, and adapting to changing circumstances. Hence, those are desirable skills employers are looking for from potential employees.  Future employers and graduate school admissions boards also look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations. Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education.