On foreign shores!
Monday, May 3, 2010
While postgraduate programmes abroad are popular with Indian students, undergraduate ones have fewer takers. Ann Graham lists the top ten reasons why you should pursue an undergraduate degree abroad.
There are unlimited choices if one wishes to study abroad. The only thing to keep in mind is to make sure that whichever university you choose – whether it’s in the US, Europe, the UK or Australia – it’s the right one for you.
Deciding to study abroad helps you focus on quality in the choice of your education. Global rankings, such as the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings can help you narrow down choices to some of the most highly regarded institutions worldwide.
Going to university always entails a step towards autonomy from your home background, but this is multiplied many times over and is even more rewarding when the experience takes place abroad.
4. Experience a new culture
In today’s globalised world, many of us get opportunities to interact with people of different cultures on a daily basis but nothing is quite the same as being able to live in another culture – and that’s exactly what studying abroad allows you to do.
5. Learn a new language
If you choose to study abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a new language. Most universities offer programmes in English – but you’ll have to go shopping in Italian, order dinner in Spanish or buy your metro ticket in Japanese.
6. Career advantage
People who have studied abroad display a higher level of independence and resourcefulness. If you’ve got study abroad experience on your CV/ resume, you could be considered one step ahead of the crowd.
7. Personal development and growth
Studying abroad will enable you to grow as a person in ways that go far beyond those that occur at university at home.
Imagine the group of people you’ll be able to meet if you choose to study abroad on the other side of the world. These people of different cultures, languages and religions could become friends or even business partners in years to come.
International student support services at top universities around the world organise day or weekend trips for international students. Experience life outside the classroom while you study.
10. Have fun
One of the top ten reasons for studying abroad is to have fun – it’s that simple!