If you are one of those “I’d like to study abroad but I don’t think I can do it” people, let me tell you not only why you actually can, but also why you should go to study abroad.
I’ve been an international student myself in two different occasions. The first time, I went to Paris as part of a European student exchange program called Erasmus. The second one, I came to California to improve my English and decided to enroll at the University .
Going to study abroad was probably the best decision I made in my life. It was difficult but definitely worth it.
I used to be one of those people afraid of traveling alone or having to do things all by myself but now that I’m enjoying the experience, I can promise this is the perfect opportunity for:
Learning a Language
In a globalized world, companies want to work with people who speak different languages and that are able to adapt quickly to new environments. Don’t be afraid of change, you don’t need to be fluent in a foreign language to study in another country. If you have a previous knowledge and you feel like you can get it with a bit of effort, then you’re ready to go. You don’t need to understand every single word of what the people say and there’s no reason to panic. Managing yourself it’s easier than you think. Time and practice will make you improve, although you will need to work on it.
Facing New Situations
Do you think going to study abroad is scary? Not at all. Educational institutions all over the world have been offering international student programs for decades and they are more than ready to help you with any kind of problem you may have. You won’t be the only international student abroad. There will be tons of people like you ( from your country too), so you won’t be alone… and after all, you’ll realize living abroad is not as though as you think.
The very first time I went to study abroad (a Summer in Canada) I was afraid of how being away from home would be, but what happened was that I ended up surrounded by many other Spaniards studying English just like me. We were so many that we couldn’t get rid of each other! and that wasn’t what we were looking for either… because when you go to study abroad, you want to experience new things. What’s the point otherwise?
Learning From Different Cultures
Getting yourself out of the bubble will make you open your mind to new ways of doing things and therefore, new ways of solving problems in everyday life. How do people from other cultures react to certain situations? What do they think about this and that? Get ready to open your mind and learn, learn, learn.
Getting a Job Faster
Believe it or not, studying abroad will help you boost your career. Why? Because having an international experience will make you stand out from the crowd and open new markets and global opportunities for you.
Getting to Know Yourself
This is just another consequence of living abroad. Being away from your family and friends has that advantage of having more time to spend on your own and, although this may sound boring… it’s actually a good meditation exercise to discover your thoughts and feelings, your hobbies and obsessions…
What are some other reasons you have to study abroad? Do you still think you don’t need to go anywhere?