Studying abroad is a worldwide trend. You can go abroad to study at both high school and university, but admission to high school is easier. Traveling to education sounds like a great opportunity, but reason whispers to us all sorts of reasons why we shouldn’t pass this stress test. Lengthy furnishing, lack of money, unfamiliar environment – after all, it’s much more comfortable at home …
But let’s look at it from a different angle, because studying at school abroad has many benefits for students.
You will improve your language skills
Even if you don’t know the language of the country you are going to travel to, do not despair. You can speak English almost everywhere today, and even if your English isn’t perfect, believe me, staying abroad can work wonders with it.
It looks good on a resume
Whether you are going to continue your studies or start building a career after graduating abroad, you will not only attract your potential future employer with a foreign school.
You will learn to be independent
At home, someone almost always covers your back, but abroad you will be dependent on yourself. Suddenly you find out what you need to arrange for basic things, such as shopping, traveling by public transport or driving – for example, in England, where you drive on the roads on the left.
You will gain a lot of experience outside of study
You can also earn extra money during your studies, during which you will also gain a lot of practical experience. The possibility of a part-time job is often offered by the school where you study. They often have a student club – and that’s where your first steps should go. Older students will advise you on everything and especially help in the beginning.
You will meet the world and new people
Thanks to studying abroad, you have, of course, a unique opportunity to see and get to know foreign cultures and broaden your horizons. In addition, most people in international schools are united by one thing – they have all gone into something new and, like you, are just looking around. This makes it easier than you think to make contacts here.
Student life offers a lot of extracurricular activities, from art to sports. Sport is one of the biggest advantages at foreign universities, it is very widespread, especially in the United States . Students can do any sport there and gradually develop in what they enjoy.
A huge advantage is that if you practice the sport at a higher level, the university can offer you a scholarship.
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The advantages are innumerable, but there are also disadvantages. Studying in the UK is offered as an illustrative example .
- The most affordable English-speaking destination for university studies.
- Large selection of fields in English (even very specific).
- The obtained diploma has an international application, moreover, the education is not only theoretical, but connects theory with practice.
- Rich student life – universities offer a variety of extracurricular activities.
- The amount of application fees – lower than in the Czech Republic.
- The possibility to obtain a student loan to cover tuition fees (for EU students) from the British government on very favorable terms is easy (just fill out the application).
- It is very difficult to be accepted in some fields.
- The study itself is (apart from Scotland) very expensive.
- Scholarships for EU students are very limited.
- It is necessary to fly in person for possible interviews within the admission process.
Short-term exchange rate
Do you not want to be tied to four years of study abroad, but just gain experience? No problem, there are language courses where you go to school and at the same time get to know a new culture. Language courses can last a week or several months, anyone can sign up.
On the other hand, they are quite expensive, and you are not always guaranteed to be taught by a native speaker. The motivation of students in language courses is usually lower than that of university students, because, as already mentioned, it is not a long-term matter and in fact “it’s nothing”. Except for money, of course.
You will not be alone in furnishing
There are many agencies that will advise you on choosing the best destinations and schools for you. They will help you arrange accommodation, travel and all paperwork.
It is necessary to take into account that studying abroad is expensive. However, it depends on the destination you choose. Studying in Germany , for example, is cheaper than traveling to the United States. Some schools offer student loans. Obtaining a scholarship is the easiest way for a university student to gain access to study abroad.
We recommend that you go to the study department or to the foreign / international relations department first.
The answer to the introductory question, whether to study abroad or stay at home, is – it’s up to you and your determination to do it and arrange everything down to the last detail. It requires a long-term analysis of all schools, destinations and admission conditions.
Abroad will definitely broaden everyone’s horizons, show a different way of life, but it is important to realize that not all disciplines are taught abroad at a better level than in our country. Therefore, do not decide based on the opinion that the level of study abroad must be higher at all costs.