It is most likely that whoever is reading this is thinking about going away to college/university (depending on which country you live in) in another country and you’re trying to decide whether you want to take this step or not. So worry not, we’re here to help you get one step closer to making that decision.
As with life, every decision we make is based on how it might affect our lives (whether in a positive or negative manner) therefore, one needs to thoroughly think whether they want to move abroad for higher studies and will take all the challenges and unique experiences with it positively. You might’ve heard stories of all those crazy adventures your siblings and friend have been through but aren’t sure if they’re for you too or not.
Well, we’ve come up with a handy list of pros and cons to guide you in making a decision that suits your interests in the best way:
PROS OF STUDYING ABROAD
Finally becoming an adult and moving away from home grants us the freedom to become independent whereas once we had to depend on our parents for each and everything. We learn how to depend on our own selves first, learn to take decisions that will affect our lives in the long run and become responsible for ourselves and those around us.
By studying abroad, we’re provided with the opportunity to broaden our horizons by being able to travel to different places in the country we shift to. We can take part in fun activities such as hikes, camping, visiting the local landscapes or renowned monuments of that particular country and in this way, one is able to learn about and appreciate everything around them.
Learning new languages:
One of the major pros of studying abroad is being able to interact with new people and becoming fluent in the language that is native to that country. Almost all degree programs are now taught in English, yet many students are not fluent in it. Hence, if you are planning on going to a country abroad, make sure to take a course on the native language there.
Experiencing new cultures:
Living in different countries can help us in interacting with people of different race, ethnicity, religions and cultures prevalent there. Students who move abroad for higher studies are able to learn and experience cultures different from what they have lived with all their lives. Young students are able to learn appreciation and love for others through taking the opportunity to observing the native culture.
International students are given endless options and ways in which they can acquire their degrees. Some universities abroad also offer summer programs so students can visit in the summer, take courses and return to their own country.
Making new friends:
Often times the friends in our high schools are those we made in our childhood or early teenage lives. One of the top pros of studying abroad is the rich interaction within a mix of cultures that the new place has to offer.
When you move to a new place and a new institution, it helps you in networking with different people of different race and ethnicity, and we are able to make new friends that are able to accompany us in this thrilling journey of life. Friendships made in colleges/universities go on to play an important role in shaping us as well.
As they say, “distance makes the heart grow fonder”, one can also say that shifting abroad to study eventually leads us in returning home (sometimes for holidays or sometimes at the end of a study program) which can be a joyous moment for the students and their family and friends. People learn to appreciate one another when separated for long periods of time and hence when one returns home, the moments spent together are priceless.
CONS OF STUDYING ABROAD
Figuring out how to be independent:
When we shift abroad, we have to learn to not only live on our own, but also manage each and everything; where once, we as young students only had a few chores around the house and could depend on our parents to fulfill every other responsibility, now we much cook food for ourselves, do our own laundry, learn how to pay bills and make sure to spend money within a set budget. Adulthood does not start after graduation, rather often times one is thrown into responsibilities as soon as one moves away from home.
Moving to a different country automatically leads to extra expenses that we have to manage on our own- one of the main cons of studying abroad. For a majority of students, they have to bear these expenses themselves rather than depending on their parents for monetary support. Likewise not many students can afford to shift to another country, pay rent, travel expenses as well as the required tuition fees which may differ in amount depending on the exchange rate of our native country with that of the foreign one.
Not being fluent in new languages:
On the other hand, one of the major cons of studying abroad is not being fluent in the native language of the country which leads to not being able to interact with those who do not speak any English at all. However, no one can become fluent in another language in a day or two. Hence not only it is vital for someone shifting abroad to take a language test.
Shifting to a different country with a different culture can on the other hand, be daunting and the behaviour or traditions followed there might come off as a cultural shock to many students unaware of the concept of traditions and cultures being given utter importance.
Endless chores and responsibilities:
However, for those who shift to different countries on a long term basis, find themselves at odd ends due to not being able to manage the chaotic lifestyle, along with their assignments as well as other minimal chores necessary when living alone.
Maintaining long distance friendships:
On the other hand by moving away, we are forced to leave behind those people we have known for many years and also care of. It’s not easy maintaining long distance friendships as often times the different time zones and hectic schedule do not allow us to communicate with one another as frequently in the past.
Initially students will endure loneliness and homesickness since they can no longer be physically next to their friends and family.
However, once we return home, we find ourselves missing our semi-adopted countries and its various traditions, cultures and way of life. We become used to a certain way of life and have our own routines, and hence when we return to a normal routine we had left behind, another form of cultural shock is bound to arise and leave us wondering whether we should have really returned home or not.
We at Scholar Ace hope we might have been of some help to you in the process of decision-making. You must remember that each person and their experience in life is unique in itself, hence, if you decide to move abroad for higher studies or you decide to acquire an education in your own country, you must make sure to completely enjoy and appreciate each and every moment in life, and opt for an opportunity that fits you best personally and professionally as well.