Many people are convinced that studying abroad is the key to acquire better training and achieve a better position in the labor market.
The best universities in the world encourage the exchange of students because they know that the benefits for students go much further.
Here, successful professionals from all sectors explain how studying in another country gave them, in their day, the impetus they needed to make a difference.
These are some of the main benefits, not only academic, that studying abroad offers:
1. Improve your curriculum
Not all countries are leaders in all sectors, nor can all offer, therefore, the essential training to excel in them. That is why traveling and studying outside your own country is so important. Vocational students should travel to the places where they can make a difference, be it in information technology, healthcare, finance, engineering or biotechnology, just to give some examples.
For years, employers have been positively evaluating curriculums of those students who once wanted to increase their knowledge and for that they undertook studying away from their country for a while.
2. Learn or perfect another language
Interacting with ease in a second language is key in the current global world. Speaking good English opens infinite doors to companies for which it is an essential requirement, such as multinationals, which have delegations in several countries or continents.
Studying abroad does not only mean you learn the language used in the study center, but it is a complete immersion, since the language is still used on a day-to-day basis outside of classrooms with friends, classmates, etc.
3. Discover a new culture
The cultural immersion that comes with studying abroad is incomparable, because it goes far beyond the classroom and extends to 24 hours a day.
There are few who say that, after a few months in another country, they come to dream in that new language.
But, in addition, studying abroad will allow you to experience new customs, relate in a different way, try a different gastronomy or listen to another type of music. An unforgettable wealth of experiences that will surely leave its mark on you.
4. Get a global vision
Living and studying abroad guarantees an intimate approach to ways of seeing the world that you may not even suspect. Living with people with other references allows us to verify that, despite the differences, they pursue ideals and objectives similar to ours, such as knowledge and professional success, on one level, and happiness, on the other.
With a global vision of the world and its people, we will be better prepared for tolerance and respect for the interests and way of being of people from which kilometers, religions and cultures distance us.
Traveling and studying abroad makes us leave our 'comfort zone' and see ourselves with another perspective.