7 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad
There are lots of benefits in studying abroad which is not limited to what you learn in your classroom. Studying abroad opens up a window of opportunity to gain life skills that will be useful throughout your life. Here are top 7 skills you will gain by studying abroad.
1. Higher Cultural Intelligence (Cultural Quotient , CQ)
People with higher cultural intelligence are regarded as better able to successfully blend into any environment, using more effective business practices, than those with a lower CQ. It is easier to understand the predominant culture in an environment by living there and forming relationships with the locals. Students with higher cultural intelligence tend to adapt fairly quickly in teams, form relationships easily and have lower stress levels when interacting with people from foreign cultures.
2. Develop New Learning Style
Studying abroad will definitely challenge how you learn. There are seven different learning styles;
- Visual (Spatial): You prefer using pictures, images and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. You understand things by been hands on.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups with other people
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self study
Growing up, I preferred a more logical and solitary style of learning but studying abroad inclined me more to kinesthetic. I realised I better understood and remembered things by just trying them out and piecing things together intuitively as a I go along.
Our advisors explore your learning style and needs to help you find suitable courses and providers that cater to your style of learning.
3. Improved Language Skills
Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Most host countries offer a one year foundation program to learn the language before you begin your course. This grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the language and you get to practice the language daily in your social interactions which makes it stick better than if you were learning as a hobby.
4. Career Opportunities
When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with fresh ideas, new perspective, increased confidence and ability to assess situations from varied angles. Needless to say all of these qualities are very attractive to future employers.
Many students returning to their host country develop keen interest in tackling problems back home with an entrepreneurial approach. It is not hard to explain this feeling, which normally stems from exposure to variety of effective solutions to similar problems in your country of education.
5. Wide Circle Of Friends
One of the biggest benefit of studying abroad is the opportunity to make life long friends from diverse backgrounds. Staying in touch with your international friends after graduation is a good way build relationships that may turn out to be important contacts down the road.
6. Personal Development
Studying abroad brings out your independent nature and you will discover more about your true self when exposed to different range of situations. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve. By the end of your program you would have developed a more resilient and enduring personality.
7. Life Experience
For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.
While you are still young take the opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.