As the saying goes, “travel is what makes young people young”. It is true that going to study abroad is a project with many advantages, the main one being to build a future.
Here are five good reasons to think about it…
Learning another language
Proficiency in at least one other language helps to broaden one’s communication skills and opens up new professional opportunities. However, becoming completely bilingual requires a fairly long period of daily practice. There is therefore nothing simpler way to learn and practise a foreign language than to stay in the country where it is used on a daily basis. Indeed, by being constantly in contact with it, the student can easily increase his knowledge, discover its richness and appropriate its subtleties.
Discovering another culture
Living in a foreign country and sharing the daily life of the inhabitants will inevitably confront the student with cultural shocks. They will have to adapt to a different way of life and a different way of thinking. They will thus be able to acquire new references which will enable them to compare and analyse what exists in their host country and in their country of origin and they will learn to put things into perspective.
Discovering another culture also enriches the student by developing his or her human qualities, particularly tolerance and openness to others and to the world.
To learn about other learning and working methods
Taking courses at a foreign college or university offers the opportunity to discover other approaches to dealing with a discipline. The student will have the opportunity, in the course of his or her studies, to tame other working methods and to experiment with new practices that will be integrated with his or her previous knowledge to create new and more diversified knowledge. This will be a significant asset for employment in services and in advanced sectors such as new technologies.
Empowering and building independence
In order to succeed and take full advantage of your studies abroad, it is essential to know how to manage in all circumstances. Finding accommodation, for example, even with the help of a university organisation, is not easy because habits and practices are sometimes quite different. The student will also have to learn to manage his budget, to take care of his laundry, to plan his meals… In short, it is to take care of himself. Gaining this autonomy will allow him to push back his limits, to overcome difficulties and to gain confidence.
Optimise your professional assets
The mention on his CV of a course of study abroad attracts the attention of recruiters. Indeed, it underlines the person’s ability to handle a foreign language perfectly, to adapt, to be open-minded and have a sense of responsibility. In the context of today’s globalisation, if this training has been sanctioned by a diploma, this profile will be all the more appreciated by multinational firms.
In conclusion, studying abroad is an enriching and invaluable experience that allows the student to develop a new way of being and a new know-how. Both humanly and intellectually richer, they will be able to look at the future with a fresh eye.