There are countless reasons to go abroad, but in case you need some persuading, we’ve outlined a few reasons.
- Learn a language. Immersion has proven to be the most effective method to learn a language.
- Improve your communication skills. Whether you are visiting a country that speaks your language or learning a new language, study abroad provides an opportunity to improve you communication skills. Communicating cross culturally can be challenging at times but extremely rewarding.
- Experience life from another perspective. You can see more of the world. Visit the places you’ve only seen in books and pictures.
- Try out a different learning atmosphere. Take courses that aren’t offered at your home university, learn about your host culture while you study. You’ll learn both inside and outside of the classroom while abroad.
- Resume building. By having study abroad on your resume, it demonstrates flexibility and communication skills. Employers view a student who studied abroad as flexible, self-motivated, independent, and prepared to confront the unexpected.
- Get to know yourself better. Your experiences abroad may cause you to come home with new ideas about the world and your own culture. By being independent and trying out another way of life, you may strengthen your values and beliefs while incorporating your experiences abroad into them.
- Challenge stereotypes—both your own and others’. While abroad you are a representative of your culture as well as an individual. By being yourself abroad, you may demonstrate that you do not conform to the ideas that people have about you. By experiencing another culture and getting to know people in your host country, you will learn about the individuals and may challenge your initial presuppositions as well.