How to be educated abroad
A good education is usually the key to opening doors when you have finished school and are looking to move on to the next level. Naturally, your grades are going to have a bearing on where you can go and what you can study, but there are so many opportunities for those who want them to learn at a wide range of institutions with dozens of subjects and associated subject areas to explore.
Many potential students are happy to remain in their home area to attend college. This is understandable because there is familiarity and backup networks, and the student might not have to pay a lot of money for rent if they can stay at home.
On the other hand, many students like the option of moving away to a different city or town to attend university, taking that first big step to independence and learning how to handle academic work as well as the social aspects of living in a new place and meeting new people from all over the country and the world.
There is a further option you could consider, and that is going to study abroad. It may require a leap of imagination to believe you can do it, but there are many benefits to this approach, and it’s well worth exploring your options.
Will it be right for you?
Until you actually do it, you can never be 100 per cent certain, but there are a whole slew of positives if you are seriously considering the prospect. Naturally, your parents will have a lot of questions for you to be certain that you’re making the right choice for the right reasons, but in the end, it’s up to you. Your parents will support you because your life is important to them, but they will want to know what the real benefits are likely to be.
Independence in a different country
You can develop your independence in a different way by getting educated abroad. You’ll have a support network back home, but they won’t be physically with you as they would be if you attended college in your own town. This means you’ll have the experience of learning how to live day to day in a different culture and how to study within that culture, meeting people from very different walks of life, learning a new language and developing your confidence as you start to thrive in an unfamiliar environment.
Studying abroad can give you new insights into your academic area, perspectives you might not have gained if you had been at a university closer to home. You can gain a much wider appreciation of your subject and a deeper understanding of it when you’re in a different environment. You’ll have to concentrate much harder in many cases, and that is going to be good for your study progress.
Developing international links
The reason that many thousands of students decide on international study is because of the potential for making links with people, employers and organizations that will help them as they map out their future career. As an example, studying at international schools in Hong Kong will expose you to the dynamic work ethic and fascinating culture of this part of China, a country that is an economic global giant. Networking with like-minded people from across the world will give you insights that you would have been unlikely to experience back home and give you opportunities to develop an international career. Global companies are always looking for employees who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and worked hard to be successful in their studies abroad.
Understanding other cultures that may be very different from your own is part and parcel of how to become globally aware. Business is multinational, and companies want people who understand the links between operations in different countries. They also want workers who are at least bi-lingual, if not multi-lingual, and whose skillsets have been widened thanks to their education abroad. You will certainly have the potential to boost your employability by living, working and interacting with students from all over the world.
It doesn’t have to be all work!
Work is what you’re there for, but it’s certainly not the only experience to be gained. If you immerse yourself in the culture, do some traveling and enjoy yourself with new friends, you’ll get much more out of your time abroad.
Don’t be afraid to take the step into education abroad. The knowledge, experience and understanding you’ll gain will serve you well for the rest of your life.