Why you should study abroad and how to get started

Why you should study abroad and how to get started

There are many reasons to study abroad; some wish to learn another language and become independent, others prefer to enjoy different cultures and acquire a university degree from a centre of international excellence. Whatever the reason, any experience of higher education on an international level, multiplies the prospects of personal and professional development.  This allows you to obtain highly valued skills in businesses of global reaches, such as the ability to solve problems and make decisions, the ease of communication and knowledge of languages.


Companies require staff that not only bring a solid and extensive knowledge, but also an education in line with the international orientation of the world of business. International programs offer the possibility of establishing the first contact with the professional world of a foreign country, expanding the vision of the sector in which you want to exercise your profession.


Studying abroad helps people to be more responsible and more involved with others by understanding cultural differences. By studying abroad, your professional network will expand significantly and internationally, which will give you access to companies and possibilities that probably you didn’t even know of.


How to find your study program abroad

As there are plenty of universities around the world and you might not have the chance to visit the ones you want or even the countries where you wish to study. Doing thorough research plays an important role.


On the internet, you can find many sites listing international study programs, which can give you a general overview of what is out there. Visit the websites of the universities to find more detailed information and don’t forget to reach out to current students and alumni of the universities you are interested in! Also, the internet is full of blogs about this topic, including personal blogs of students studying abroad as well as more general ones with information and tips, see examples here and here.


Nowadays there are opportunities to meet the university staff and possibly also alumni in person. Check for any university recruitment fairs in and around your area and you will get a first-hand feel to what it would be like to study in the institutes that interest you.


Can’t find a live event near you? You can also find many online open days – or more accurately webinars - hosted by universities around the world. Webinars allow you to get the information needed in addition to the ability to get answers to your questions on the spot, in the comfort of your own couch at home.


Find a list of University webinars here.


The logistics 


You should also keep in mind that these things take a lot of organising. It’s all well and good having a place on a course but often you have to organise your accommodation yourself. There are many helpful websites for this such as Erasmusu and Uniplaces.


Another issue that generally causes the most stress is money. A couple of years ago moving money was a really expensive and slow business, but nowadays companies like Transferwise allow you to move money between countries and currencies for almost nothing. 


So what are you waiting for? It’s time to take a step towards an unforgettable experience!


Guest blog by The Study Abroad Portal

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