Are you interested in studying abroad? Whether it is for the entirety of your degree or only for a few months, moving overseas to study can be one of the most enriching experiences on offer. Not only will it give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture, with quite likely, a different language, but it will also aid your long-term skills development; skills which will be beneficial in your future employment.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you make the most out of your period studying abroad…
1. Understand what you will be studying when abroad.
It might seem obvious but it’s often the case that the degree courses on offer in the UK differ slightly from those offered abroad. Whether it’s the number of years of study or the type of modules covered, there are a range of differences that you should research before embarking on international study. Make sure that you are familiar with the education system where you are planning to study and ensure, above all, that you understand the differences and similarities should you wish to return here for employment in the future. The same principle applies to those who are only intending on studying abroad for a few months: your degree whilst abroad may vary slightly from the one you are studying in the UK.
2. Engage with the culture
While moving abroad to study is an amazing educational opportunity, it is also a chance to immerse yourself in a different culture. Whether you participate in the local sports, taste the national cuisine, or learn about the history of some of the most famous sights in that area, engaging with the culture offers you a broader global view while developing a range of life skills that will help you stand out on any future application or CV. Our advice is to make the most out of your period abroad, developing personally and professionally in a way that will support you in the future.
3. Develop your language skills
If you are moving to a country where the language differs from yours, it is vital that you try your best to learn some of it. Not only will you find yourself being better able to engage with the culture and local people, but you will also find that developing your language skills will have a domino effect on a range of other competencies. Research shows us that you can develop stronger critical thinking abilities through language-learning as well as improved confidence. Being multilingual also enhances employment opportunities which are on offer with being. Engaging with a new language provides a range of benefits which have the potential to truly develop your long-term personal growth.
4. Expand your network
Although being a student in a foreign country may seem daunting at first, by engaging with the local culture, people, and, of course, your fellow students and academics, you will gradually build a network of individuals who may be able to open doors for you in the future. Meeting new people will expand the depth and breadth of networks and knowledge that you will develop too.
5. Make sure to have fun!
Undertaking a study period abroad can be one of the most life-changing experiences on offer to students. It can provide you with opportunities you may never have thought possible. Put time and effort into your studies, but be sure to also enjoy your time abroad and ensure that you appreciate the experience by making the most of everything that comes your way!