By Dreams Abroad
Your studying years are a chance to grow, learn about the world, and make new connections. For those who crave adventure and the experience of learning in a different country, studying abroad is an amazing opportunity. Packing your bags and leaving home to study can be intimidating, but there are a number of professional benefits that come with international studies. So why study abroad? Let’s take a look!
Why Study Abroad
A New Challenge and Life Experience
There are so many options for attending university or college in your own country, so why study abroad? Studying abroad is not only a chance for you to explore a new environment, but it’s also an opportunity for you to gain more life skills. Being uncomfortable and feeling out of place are common experiences for those who pack their bags and study in another country. While these unsettling feelings can be tough, they can also act as a crucial learning experience by testing your boundaries. For employers, the ability to adapt to a new environment and a willingness to explore new opportunities is a key quality in future employees. By having the experience of studying abroad, your resume shows employers that you aren’t afraid of the unknown and that you have the life experience to prove it.
“I plan to work in my own country, so why study abroad?” No matter the country you decide to study in, chances are you are going to be exposed to a different culture. Learning how to navigate an academic or professional environment that is not your native one is a dynamic and translatable skill (pardon the pun). With our increasingly connected world, intercultural communication is becoming more important than ever before.
Home is where the heart is, and leaving friends and family behind is never easy. Why study abroad when it means leaving your loved ones behind? If you are hesitant to leave home behind and are wondering if studying abroad is right for you, you should know studying in another country is an amazing opportunity to meet new people! When you study abroad, you are certain to meet people who are not only from the host country but who are also from all around the globe. In the professional world, there is no such thing as too many connections. Being an international student often means meeting others in the same boat, and whether through sharing classes or living in the same dorm, making friends and connections from different countries is inevitable. And when you get homesick, you can always call home or schedule a virtual meet up.
Our Experiences and Advice for Studying Abroad
The Dreams Abroad team has a lot of experience with study abroad and tips for how, where, and why to do it.
Gain in Spain
The Iberian Peninsula is a popular destination for students. Remember to keep the Spanish islands in your thoughts too. Dreams Abroad editor Matthew Hirtes writes about the appeal of furthering your education in the Canary Islands.
Make your Mark in Denmark
Emma Schultz shares her experience studying abroad for an academic year in Copenhagen, Denmark, and how it challenged and changed her. Emma took the unusual step these days of extending her stay beyond one semester. Find out why in this illuminating read.
Increase your Intellect in Israel
Studying in Israel’s Haifa is not a conventional choice for your average non-Israeli. Jiye Kang explains why she made the jump to a program overseas. This piece will appeal to those planning a master’s program abroad, far from closer-to-home options.
Explore Your Options
Ready to make the leap? Studying abroad can seem like a challenge, but you don’t need to go at it alone. At Dreams Abroad, we work to connect global professionals and provide the resources needed to succeed. If you are still hesitant and wondering, “why study abroad?” give our blog a read! We Study Abroad is an accessible hub of testimonials and stories from those who’ve experienced studying abroad. It’s a good opportunity for you to explore the experiences of others and gain insight into what adventures lie in wait. Contact us for more information.