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Three Hidden Advantages of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a wondrous experience that every student should encounter. Not only will you get to learn about a different culture, but you will also learn to be more independent and adventurous.

You will also learn the importance of health insurance for international college students, which can save your hide in case you encounter an accident or an illness. On top of that, here are a few more benefits of studying abroad that you might not be aware of:

Learn from a different way of teaching

In the U.S., we are taught a specific way in which the teacher provides us with the information we need, but we are always free to question any idea we wish to challenge. It is our right to question every pronouncement or detail. In a way, it has shaped the way we think that perhaps we are not aware of.

Growing up in an environment like this has made us confident enough to question any authority, which is our right as human beings. But there are other places in the world where the teacher has a more authoritative way of educating students. That is not to say that students here do not have the right to question their teacher’s authority, but they can do so in a different venue.

Studying abroad can provide you with the opportunity to experience a different way of learning, and perhaps this can influence you to accommodate and even appreciate other methods of teaching.

This experience may also be beneficial to you once you begin your career in your chosen field. Learning different ways to deal with an authoritative figure can help you deal with different kinds of managers, CEOs or presidents, enabling you to become more flexible as an employee.

Learn more languages

Studying abroad will definitely broaden your skills in communication especially in your grasp of other languages. Even by just listening to your classmates speak in their own tongue, you can learn their language little by little through immersion.

Many people who never studied the language of the country where they migrated to were able to learn that language all because the people around them had no other way to communicate with them other than through their native tongue. So eventually, those foreigners learned the language by simply listening to other people, memorizing the phrases and eventually learning how to form sentences.

But that is not all. Studying abroad, mingling with people with a culture different from yours, you will eventually learn the etiquette of those people. In effect, you will learn how to respect other people and other people’s cultures as well as their perspectives rather than imposing your own perspective on them.

Impress future employers

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Living abroad will definitely impress any employer because this will tell them right away that you are capable of living independently and that you can be resourceful if necessary, which are qualities most employers look for in applicants.

Also, if you study abroad, future employers will find you more appealing than others because your experience in mingling with various kinds of people will tell them that your skills in communication and building relationships are more advanced.