Admit it; before you decide on the next phase of your life, this is one of the main questions that you’ve asked yourself repeatedly throughout the process. You’ve weighed out the pros and cons, you’ve seek for advice from family members, teachers/lecturers, and even educational counselors. But somehow, you’re still unable to figure out the perfect choice for your own future.
Just like coins, there’s going to be two sides in everything, including this matter. It’s true, studying local does have a lot of pros rather than cons. But, if you look at the future benefits that studying abroad will give to you in the long run, it’s going to overpower most of the cons.
Not sure what these benefits are? Keep on reading!
One of the biggest reasons why studying abroad is beneficial for us is because of the opportunity of getting to see the world. You’ll be stepped out of your comfort zone and enter a brand-new country. Imagine all the new culture you’re going to learn and all the new interesting people that you’re going to meet. You’ll also be able to gain more knowledge on these countries rather than just knowing about it through textbooks or through the articles you read.
Also, by studying abroad, you’re not tied to just that one state you’re studying at. Imagine yourself studying at one of the best universities in California. You won’t just be limited to exploring California but on your semester breaks, you could go and get yourself an adventure at neighbouring states such as Mexico or Texas or even Colorado.
How this is going to benefit you in the long run other than gaining yourself all these new memories and adventures? Well, that’s exactly what most employers look for. The fact that you’ve gotten all these experiences and knowledge from your adventures will not only be beneficial for your own personal uses but also for the company, because it shows that you’ve got a sense of maturity, discipline and can be reliable.
2. New Everything
The possibilities are that when you decide to study abroad, it’s the first time you’ll be leaving your home country. So, when you arrive at this new country that you’ve never been in, you’re definitely going to be amazed with all these new cultures, new food, new customs, new traditions, and even new social environment. Everything is going new for you.
From being in these new country, having these new friends and gaining all these new knowledge as well as having a better understanding and insight on another’s culture and religion, you’ll have a better appreciation for other cultures as well as your own. This will also give you an opportunity to see life in a different light.
This can be beneficial in the long run in terms of when you get a job and you’ll be given a task that includes international relations. Instead of just relying heavily on research that you’ve done online, the fact that you’ve experienced it will be a useful tool and can be a big help.
3. Upgrade Language Skills
Chances are if you study overseas, one of the major benefits is that you’ll be able to study a foreign language. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to be exposed to these new knowledge.
Imagine studying somewhere in the UK, which happens to be an English-speaking country. Your only option is to just speak in English. No matter how bad you think your English is, being in this foreign country can really help to improve your language skills over the year. And just because you’re studying in an English-speaking based country, does not mean you won’t be able to pick up other languages as well. Chances are you’ll meet fellow international students, you can gain those other language skills from these new friends.
Again, same situation, when you get to the working world and is given the task where international relation is involved, being able to speak multiple language is a huge plus for you and your company.
No matter where you go, you’re always going to meet new people. Studying in a university will you expose to people from various countries which holds various cultures. Studying abroad will increase the chances of meeting more international people. And from there, you can start to build your social network and gain all these new friends, who could turn out to be helpful in the future.
Words are that the coursework for the universities abroad are lighter than the coursework for the universities in Asia. Take the extra time off to go and intern at a company, get a part-time job, or do some volunteer work. These methods can help you to gain professional connections.
Coming back to your home country with a whole lot of connections is definitely going to be beneficial. Having all these connections will help you once you have a job later on. You never know if that girl you worked part-time with now hold a high-ranked position in a muti-billionaire company.
There’s a lot more benefits to it rather than just these four. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to you whether you want to continue abroad or stay local. If you’re still having difficulties in making decisions, don’t hesitate to ask your educational counsellor or even just an opinion from a friend.
Siti Nabilah, Student Ink INTI.