Studying abroad for a semester, a year, or full time at University can be one of the most beneficial experiences during college. Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to experience new cultures, learn new subjects, meet different people, and overall gain a better perspective of the world around them. Here are 5 reasons to study abroad:
1. LEARN ABOUT A NEW CULTURE
When you study abroad in another country other than your home you are immersing yourself into a brand new culture. You will have the opportunity to try amazing food, learn about the history of the country, learn about the country's customs and traditions, and discover a whole new way of life. Studying abroad doesn't only allow you to learn about a new country's culture but it also helps you gain an international perspective. You learn about the world through the people that you are surrounded by. This helps you learn about that country's culture, other nation's culture, and teach you a new side to your home country and how it interacts with the world. This can be one of the greatest learning lessons you will have outside of your studies.
2. FIND NEW INTERESTS
While studying abroad you may have new experiences that you've never had before. This can lead to a change of interests in what you would like to study or even develop new hobbies. Studying in a new country can offer different activities and interests that you may have never known about before. You could have undiscovered talents or build up exciting new interests. For example: Studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa could lead to new interests in surfing or other water sports, hiking, and maybe even learning one of the official languages of South Africa, such as, Zulu or Afrikaans.
3. DEVELOP AMAZING FRIENDSHIPS
One the of the greatest things about studying abroad is that you get to meet people that live all over the world. Every person you meet will come from a different background and have different experiences that will help shape your perspective and help you grow as an individual. The friendships you make while studying abroad can lead to lifelong friendships that you will cherish forever. Also these friends will come from all over the world so you have connections in different countries which can help you in the future or even to travel and have a place to stay with them. Try to stay in touch with the friends you make while studying abroad.
4. DISCOVER YOURSELF
While studying abroad, the greatest thing that will happen is that you will discover a new side of yourself. After the time you spend studying in that other country you won't leave with much knowledge of your studies but you will leave with a new experience. You will have new interests, new friends, new experiences, a better perspective of the world, and overall you will grow as an individual.
5. SEE THE WORLD
Studying abroad can lead to additional travel opportunities other than the country you are studying in. For example: If you study in the United Kingdom, then you have easy access to countries all over Europe. If you study in Lebanon, then you have easy access to countries all over the Middle East. Adding on to experiences by travelling to not just the country you're studying in but to other nations in the region can help shape your vision of the world and to gain even more experiences.