As if the transition from high school to university wasn’t daunting enough, there are thousands of students all over the world who choose to study abroad at international universities every year, and some that select universities in countries where the language spoken is different to their own.
Studying in a foreign country and in a different language presents a number of challenges, namely surrounding difficulties with adjusting to a different culture and coming to terms with having to use a secondary language round-the-clock.
However, there are many perceived benefits that many students believe outweigh the negatives, such as:
Many students choose to study abroad because of increased educational opportunities overseas and in English-speaking countries in particular.
English-speaking countries – namely those in the UK and the US – are home to the majority of the world’s best universities, and because of this they attract the brightest and most ambitious international minds.
Studying abroad at top institutions can also open up doors in terms of helping students to develop important international networks that they can draw from when it comes time for them to find work or later on in their careers.
In a lot of countries, English is a mandatory subject because it is quickly becoming one of the most ‘global’ languages in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world.
Many students see the opportunity to study abroad in an English-speaking country as an opportunity to build upon the English skills they have acquired over the years and to perfect their spoken skills with an aim to pursuing a career in an English-speaking country or field.
The final reason that some students choose to study abroad at an international institution in which the primary language spoken is not their own is because they like to push themselves.
For these students, the constant effort to improve their skills can be a fun challenge, and the rewards speak for themselves in the form of superior language skills, a global perspective, new knowledge and expertise and improved job prospects and employability.
Varsity Education’s courses serve as great preparation to undergraduate life at top international universities. In addition to a rigorous academic programme, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of social, sporting and cultural activities that will enable them to embark on their university career with confidence and develop skills that will help them succeed at a top international university.
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