Education is a fundamental human right that should not be denied to anyone. Education in a foreign land is entirely an option that should be looked at from every angle and then stepped into. It takes time, money and a lot of efforts and at the end of it does not give the kind of returns as expected may lead to frustration. On the other hand, if done the right way with ample planning and caution, it can go a long, long way in building an awesome career and a persona for the aspirant.
Today, we tell you some of the pros of why students ought to choose to study abroad.
It’s a Challenge Which Pushes People into Becoming Independent!
The thought of going to a foreign land just for the sake of a visit in itself seems challenging. Adding something as significant as education to it makes it all the more important, and that much of a challenge which for a student has to be overcome whether one wants or not. With most students spending anywhere between two to five years abroad for education, taking care of oneself, money, education minus the comforts of home, and folks makes for great education on how to survive on a shoe-string budget, get crafty, recognize people and opportunities, and form great friends and memories for the rest of one’s life.
Experience A Different Culture and Possibly Learn A New Language
If two individuals can’t ever be alike, what makes one feel two countries could? Despite the outward similarity, the closest of countries and cultures have their own set of fairly visible fault-lines that have to be overcome to succeed in one’s venture, even if it’s something as basic and non-threatening as education. In the case of education, people mostly travel far and wide with the destination in most cases being in the western world including Europe, the US, Australia, Canada and these days also Singapore, and to an extent, China. With these countries not being native to its foreign students by any stretch of imagination and given the fact that one hardly ever visits any or all of these countries for extended periods of time, which after the education, in any case, one would have to leave, it makes so much sense to explore a different part of the globe which could be far, far removed from one’s own. In the period of stay, not every day would be education, education and some more education. There would be breaks, vacations and weekends when despite one’s busy schedules, one can travel places not only in the vicinity but even beyond to see things for oneself. An interesting quote sums this up best: LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. And the comfort zones never gave any great experiences!
Best of Education
Why would people move out of their comfort zone unless it guarantees something substantially better than what they already have? That being the case with education, by going out, among all the apparent benefits, what one gets is a great, great education like nowhere else. Developing countries despite great economic weight may not have the kind of education people aspire for with places like India being the best case in point. It’s got a huge population, great potential but if given a chance, a healthy percentage would want to go out of the country to get educated abroad. And that’s only because, despite everything, the country’s education systems and standards leave a lot to be desired- which may not and is not the case in most western countries. Getting a top-quality education abroad, even a mediocre can hope to get a good job back home.
Countries that provide great educational prospects in most cases also provide great job opportunities for a new student who passes out of colleges from such countries. Such places also give students the opportunity to work while the latter remain students and earn for their own selves if not for the fee they pay to the institutes. Such career opportunities could range from the menial jobs at restaurants and bars just to get by, to serious jobs at companies which guarantee the type of employment which fits squarely the education being imbibed. The latter though not so many in most western countries these days, nevertheless, teach a lot, and that too when it’s about high-end technology not normally available in the country to which the student belongs.
Make New friends
Free from the confines of one country and culture and exposed to the freedom and insecurities of life without a stable income in a foreign country does one thing to most students. It cuts the umbilical cord that remains the invisible connection between an individual and his/ her culture and its related confines, good and bad. Free from prying and snooping eyes and ears, students then get on their way to make friends who fit their exact temperaments, needs and understanding without the constant pressure of conforming to society’s standards and outlooks. Getting exposed to the same situation guarantees great friendships which if nurtured can last a lifetime, despite the distances of the seven seas between them!
Nothing equates international travel to instill confidence in a person! And travel with extended periods of stay which teaches language, mores, cultures, and history is guaranteed to change a person’s persona from an adolescent to an adult in no time. Such a person when in employment is guaranteed to be an asset to the organization wherever they operate.