Greetings and Blessings!!
I hope you ladies are doing well. I hope you all are adjusting and enjoying your time so far in college. In this post I wanted to share and talk about taking advantage of studying abroad. I never personally studied abroad while I was in college but I have taken a trip of outside of the U.S. Studying abroad offers a unique opportunity to grow academically, professionally, and personally while going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There are a number of other benefits to studying abroad, however, there are also numerous challenges.
The pros for studying abroad may be an ideal opportunity for you to seek adventure with the support network of an established program. For those of you who wish to learn a foreign language or develop existing foreign language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture will also find it beneficial. As well as, if you are considering a career in international relations you should definitely consider studying abroad, as it can increase job prospects upon graduation.
However, the cons for studying abroad is less suitable for you if you have strong attachments to your hometown and are wary of being far apart from your family and friends. Also, some universities also have strict requirements in place, restricting study abroad programs to those individuals who meet a minimum GPA. While there are study abroad scholarship opportunities specifically designed for students who wish to study abroad, their is that possibility that you may not be eligible. If you don’t qualify for a scholarship, weigh the pros and cons to make the best decision, and be sure to expand your search as far as what would be of help to you that would make it possible for you to study abroad.
Why Should You Study Abroad?
1. Experience a Foreign Culture
Visiting foreign countries in person, is an entirely different experience. When you study abroad, you participate in the day-to-day life of a new locale, gaining a first-hand understanding and new appreciation of the culture.
2. Second Language Skills
Studying abroad can provide you with a perfect opportunity to learn a new foreign language. Being surrounded by native speakers affords you the chance to immerse yourself in the language, which can expedite your retention and fluency.
3. Explore Your Own Heritage
Individuals whose familial heritage stems from abroad will often choose to explore their ethnicity and ancestry.
4. Pursue an Activity
Studying abroad is a chance for you to be adventurous, explore the unknown, and try your hand at activities that may not be offered back in your hometown.
5. Learn How to Communicate Across Cultures
Studying abroad helps you become familiar with the customs and traditions of the country in which you are studying, in addition to the language. By interacting with locals, you can develop an appreciation for the culture and its differences from your own.
6. Gain Independence
Studying abroad removes you from the normal support network that you are accustomed to back home. While on the one hand, being away from friends and family can seem daunting, it is also a chance for you to hone your own skills and gain some independence.
7. Manage Your Own Finances
One major aspect of being an independent adult is having the ability to manage your own finances. Regardless of whether your study abroad program is financed by a scholarship, grant, or another source of income, chances are that it will be your responsibility to pay the bills.
Also, living in a new country also forces you to learn to understand a new form of currency, and familiarize yourself with the various living expenses. Understanding how to manage your expenses will especially be beneficial when you no longer rely on the support of your family.
8. Increase Your Employment Opportunities
Employers value prospective candidates with international experience, foreign language skills, and the ability to communicate across cultures. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in international relations, diplomacy, or government, these skills will be especially useful.
Use your experience studying abroad to expand your set of abilities, and make these a determining factor that will separate you from the others in a pool of applicants.
9. Form and Develop New and Rewarding Relationships
Without your regular support group of friends and family, you will be confronted with new situations on a daily basis. However, studying abroad offers you the chance to meet new people and form friendships that may last a lifetime. Whether you’re living with a host family or in a student residence, make an effort to form relationships with those around you.
In addition to making friends, you can also form professional contacts while abroad. Generally speaking, course loads tend to be comparatively lighter while studying abroad, so this can be an ideal occasion to intern, work part-time, or volunteer while you’re studying.
If you are considering studying abroad while in college go and speak to your college and/or university’s study abroad department and find out all the information concerning your schools study abroad program. They will tell you all you need to know and help you in getting all the information that is needed in order to study abroad.