Dec 20, 2019 06:06 AM EST
5 Signs That Studying Abroad Might Be Right for You
Studying abroad seems easy when you have the resources to do so. Who doesn't want the opportunity to explore a new place and meet new people along the way? However, upon further reflection, many potential study-abroad students tend to convey doubts about whether or not they are prepared to take their studies overseas. There are many things to consider before finalizing the decision to study abroad.
Here are the five questions you must consider before making your final decision:
1) Have I chosen a country or city that is perfect for me?
If this will be your first time to go abroad, perhaps all you know about a foreign country is what you've seen in TV shows, movies, magazines, and advertisements. Although it is a good thing, before making the decision to study abroad, it's important to have a deeper understanding of your destination.
For example, in Italy, most people relate the place to romantic cobblestone streets, amazing pasta, awesome pizza, and great wine. However, it is not only about what is visible to the eyes. The culture and people are the most valuable concerns you need to know. Cultural diversity means it's important to research what to expect before your arrival to avoid any unwanted circumstances.
2) Am I interested in schools and programs that match my interests?
While many students research about the country itself, others prioritize the program or school in which they will be entering. Therefore, if your concern is more of the program rather than exploring during your stay, it's important to do your research about different universities that can help you achieve your goals.
Depending on the length of your stay, you may want to assess the prospective university's student demographics, cost, extracurricular activities, and student opportunities of employment on offer.
3) Am I ready to live away from my friends and family?
After finalizing the right location and program, it's time to start thinking about how your study abroad will affect your life at home. Whether or not it is your first time to be away from home, the decision to travel abroad and study alone is a challenging one.
Although the opportunities to meet new colleagues and friends are boundless and many schools offer special networks for international students, it is still common to feel homesickness. Luckily, in today's advanced technology, staying in touch even a thousand miles apart is made easier.
4) Do I have sufficient financial resources?
Even though there are many discounts and special offers available for students, studying abroad is not a cheap expenditure. It is essential to consider all of your expenses beforehand, especially if you do not plan to work while studying abroad. You will need to consider the tuition fee, housing, food, extracurricular activities, and extra allowance. It is be better to be prepared upon arrival to make sure you are living within your means.
5) Am I adaptable to meeting new people from different cultures?
On the other hand, many students consider being friends with new people from around the world is one of the most rewarding aspects of their international experience. Not only getting the chance to show others your own culture and way of life but you are also exposed to cultural diversity and sensitivity that make each of the world's races unique in a wonderful way.
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