According to Sarah Ban Breathnach, the world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. I love this quote because it inspires me to do all the beautiful and mind blowing things I have always wanted to experience. Enjoy my 10 mind blowing facts why I think everyone should study abroad or live in a foreign country for at least six months before they die.
I can hear you saying, seriously! Is that your number one reason to study or live abroad? Well, I guess you’ve realized by now that that was just a joke. But seriously, who doesn’t like posting their awesome vacation selfies on Facebook and Instagram.
Living abroad develops that part of your brain that enables you to see the world objectively. This forces you to see the world and other people for who they really are. You will learn to appreciate your own culture and upbringing while indulging yourself into the culture and the way of life of others. It helps you realize why “those” people do the things they do. Living abroad will teach you how to peacefully coexist with any group of people.
Locals and international students alike gather at Universities. This means that it won’t be too hard to make new friends from all over the world. Friends that can open your eyes to interests and opportunities you didn’t even know existed. You’ll graduate and eventually go your different ways without thinking of how much of a resource that Asian friend you met in a geology class or that Canadian friend you met at a dance club on campus could be to you ten years down the road.
This relatively depends on where you are coming from and where you are headed to for your studies, but regardless of what facilities are available to you in your home country, you will be introduced to new technologies and living standards whenever you go to another country.
For example, an America-bound college student from Nigeria, India, or Kenya will be astonished at how public Wi-Fi is readily available in big cities across the country. Remembering my experience driving from Rexburg Idaho to Krebs Oklahoma. According to the image below, the drive from Rexburg Idaho to Krebs Oklahoma was 20 hours and 28 minutes or 1,369.3 miles (2203.67474 Kilometers). I was surprised that there was not a single pothole on this 20+ hours road trip. (Potholes are a normal part of road trips in Nigeria)
Rexburg Idaho to Krebs Oklahoma
Most employers love people who take risks, such as dropping everything and heading to a foreign country for an education. Anyone would be impressed to hear that you have a foreign degree. Your resume/cv will not be ignored because anyone will be interested in what you have to offer or say. Most employers would give you an interview or hire you because they know you’ll bring a different problem-solving approach to their workplace. And don’t forget the big fat paycheck.
It is true that there aren’t a lot of need-based scholarship for international students abroad but there are lots of merit-based scholarships. Most departments and faculties have a scholarship fund set aside for students with high GPA/CGPA regardless of what nationality there are. All you have to do to get a free ride through college is to always be in the first 20% of your class or program.
As an international student on a student visa, most countries will grant you temporary work permit while in college. You can use earnings from your student job to meet your living and college expenses, and in some cases save up some pocket change. In the United States, International students are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week on campus while school is in session and full-time while school is on break. You will be eligible to be employed for one year in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) and maybe two years if you are a STEM major. Your employer might offer you a position if you do a good job during your internship and gets lucky afterward. If you are offered a position, your employer will help you process a work visa that’ll allow you stay in the United states for up to six years after graduation.
Ever heard of enchilada, hamburger, cheeseburger, Hawaiian haystack, frozen custard, frozen yoghurt, steak, and beef, etc.? You will learn how to enjoy and make these awesome cuisines from friends, roommates, and colleagues.
If you are like my friend from Ukraine who fluently speaks 7 different European languages, you’ll know how much of a blessing that is. She’s been able to get some really good job as a result of her language skills. Two things happen when you live in a foreign country and converse daily with locals—your accents changes and you pick up the daily vocabulary. You might land that job, win that contract, or start that relationship simply because you understand and speak a foreign language.
The image below sums it all up
Now that you know what our 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Studying Abroad are, we’ll love to hear what your own reason(s) to study abroad are.
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