Busting Common Myths About Studying Abroad

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Studying abroad is a big decision that comes with a lot of pros and cons. Students and parents are often skeptical of the opportunity because of various reasons, and although some of them are entirely valid, there are some reasons that aren’t really a dealbreaker and can be worked around. Here are some common myths about studying abroad, and with them, solutions as well.

Studying abroad is too expensive 

Well, it isn’t a myth that studying abroad is expensive in general, it certainly is. What a lot of people don’t know about and naturally don’t make use of, are scholarships. You’d be surprised to find out the number of scholarships that are provided by universities and even governments for international students. Scholarships help in reducing the overall expenses of studying abroad and take a huge weight off your shoulders, so you don’t have to worry about money. Make sure you do enough research about the scholarships offered by your desired university, as well as the scholarships offered by the government of the country to that you’re applying.

Another viable option is getting a student loan, but it is a big risk for low-income families and may not be an option for everyone. Ensure that if it is an option you consider, you do enough research to know every aspect of it and if you can afford to get one.

It’s difficult to get accepted into foreign universities

Foreign university applications sound very complicated and it is natural to think that getting accepted would also be equally difficult. However, filling application forms and submitting them early, while also meeting the basic requirements of the university, is pretty much all you need to get accepted. Highly-rated universities are obviously relatively tougher to get into because of the demand, but make sure you do your best and give your application enough time to perfect it, and you should be fine. 

It will be lonely and you won’t be able to make friends

Going to a completely new place is undoubtedly overwhelming, but you also have to remember that it is an opportunity of a lifetime and that you have to make the most of it. If you’re naturally an introverted person, try out new things that you would never try in your hometown. A new place calls for new experiences, and along the way, you are sure to fund some company. 

Most universities have diverse students from all around the world, and everyone is looking to make friends and get to know people. Make use of that, and put yourself out there. Universities also have orientations and events that help in socializing, so you could attend those to feel more comfortable with the place and get to know the people.

It’s not safe to be so far away

Take your time to research the socio-economic conditions of the country you’re interested in. If a family member lives there or is close to it, then that is a huge advantage. In terms of research, look for a low crime rate, medical care quality, and political relations with your home country. Most programs also offer a crash course on how to get around town and stay safe, so you can learn more through that. Trusting your instincts and surrounding yourself with people that you are familiar with. 

International experience isn’t valuable to employers

Research and surveys have shown that over 60% of employers believe that international experience adds an immense amount of value to the workplace. From resourcefulness and adaptability to language skills and cultural sensitivity, studying abroad offers a lot of advantages and helps you stand out to employers, showing your value to the workforce.

Hopefully, these common thoughts about studying abroad have been cleared and helped your decision-making process. Remember that studying abroad is a great opportunity no matter what, and the most important thing to do is make the most of it.

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