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Non-Monetary Benefits of Studying Abroad

Posted on May 25, 2019
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Is studying abroad really worth it? This question plagues the life of a lot of students who want to study in a foreign country but are wary of its returns. The monetary returns are definitely numerous. But as it is said, everything cannot be measured in money, there are other benefits to studying abroad apart from employment opportunities and resume building.

  1. 1. BUILDING NETWORK
  2. Foreign universities, especially the top schools attract a lot of international students. There is great diversity on campus and is a cultural melting pot in every sense of the word. Here you will get to interact with individuals with varied backgrounds and ideologies. You’ll understand and develop different perspectives which will help in your overall growth. These friends that you will make overseas, no matter where they end up settling, will be available for your professional and personal guidance throughout your life.

  3. 2. INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-CONFIDENCE
  4. Living alone will come with its own challenges. But learning and growing from them will benefit you in the long run. You will be handling your own finances which will eventually help develop your decision making and accounting skills. Living by yourself gives you a certain sense of confidence that no other situation can. You learn to adapt and adjust to different places.

  5. 3. GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE
  6. The curriculum might be one dimensional but the contribution from your classmates would be invaluable. You will get a global understanding of any topic or concept. Top schools also take you on field trips in different countries which will again enhance your knowledge and understanding.

  7. 4. HUB FOR GLOBAL TALENT
  8. International schools not only attract diverse student body but also academicians and professors. Here again you will get the opportunity to network with people from different personal and academic backgrounds. It is an outstanding learning experience in today’s ‘flat-world’. You’ll have access to the world’s greatest minds who are only an email or phone call away.

  9. 5. INTRA-PERSONAL SKILLS
  10. Apart from academic skills, you will develop your personal abilities. Being culturally sensitive is an ability that everyone should possess in the current world. By being in contact with different cultures first-hand you will understand issues from their perspective and your whole outlook will change. You will also gain problem-solving skills as you are fending off on your own. Your ability to adapt will develop as well.

  11. 6. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  12. Meeting new people regularly will put your communication skills to test. You can try learning the language of the land you will be residing in which will help you converse with the locals. Being in a situation where you are forced to adapt might be difficult at first but will make you more ready for the professional life ahead.

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