Why should I go overseas?
Ask anyone who has taken a study/work abroad programme will tell you that it was one of the best experiences of their university life. Imagine walking to University along the banks of the River Seine or doing your weekly shop in an Italian street market. One of the biggest regrets of people in their late twenties and thirties is that they didn't go travelling when they were younger. Leaving it until you have a full time job and a mortgage makes things difficult - why not take the opportunity while you're a student?
One of the greatest things you will gain from living and studying abroad is confidence. You will have to find your way around, attend your classes, introduce yourself to new people and learn how to operate in a new country. After a couple of weeks you'll be amazed at how well you have coped and how confident you feel. Living independently in another country gives you the self motivation to deal with any situation and will benefit you throughout your life.
In this age of globalisation companies are looking for talented people who have a broad outlook on life. Employers will appreciate the diverse skills you have attained by studying/working abroad - languages, adaptability, resilience and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. These qualities will stand you apart from other graduates. You will also build a network of friends and contacts for your future career.
Learn the language
Even if the course at your partner institution is taught in English or you are working for an English-speaking company, you will naturally pick up some knowledge of the local language through daily interaction at university/work and in the community. English may not be widely spoken in many of our destination countries. If you are not fluent in the host language, this can be a valuable opportunity to learn a new language or expand on your current knowledge. Our IWLP classes can assist in preparing you before departure (for certain languages). If you are studying a language degree, in-country experience will help improve your fluency and appreciation of the culture.
So, studying/working overseas will give you:
- A fun, challenging experience
- The confidence to live in another country
- New and/or improved language skills
- An international network of friends and contacts
- Transferable employment skills
- An impressive entry on your CV