Pros and Cons of Studying Abroad

The experience sounds perfect. Learning interesting subjects in a setting that adds a different perspective broadens your education in innumerable ways. However, being far from home without familiar language, foods and faces is not always as easy as it first seems. You should carefully consider both the pros and cons before you set out on your educational adventure in a foreign land.

Pros of Studying Abroad

One of the advantages of studying abroad is the opportunity to take classes that may not be available in your home country. You will be immersed in the culture and may more easily pick up the language or expand your current knowledge of the language. You will learn a great deal about the finer details of the culture.

Having experience in a foreign country can be a plus for future employment. It can give you a broader perspective and understanding of different cultures that can be very valuable for some careers

Cons of Studying Abroad

The first consideration of studying abroad you consider is expense. You should calculate what your financial needs will be while you are studying abroad. Some countries do not allow foreign visitors to be employed during their stay, so the burden of costs may be entirely on your savings. Also consider the different customs you may encounter.

Some countries may impose harsh restrictions on women or homosexuals. Living under these restrictions can be difficult for some students. Also consider the likelihood of missing family events. Traveling back and forth may be too expensive to attend important family occasions. 

The living standard of the country may not be the same as the one to which you are accustomed. This can cause physical discomfort and mental stress. Also, educational credits may not always transfer to the school in your home country.

Is It Right For You?

Ultimately, the decision to study abroad encompasses issues of maturity and adaptability. If you are a person who prefers a routine, with familiar people and places, being in a foreign country and culture may make you uncomfortable. Conversely, if you love to challenge yourself with new things, love to travel and enjoy other cultures, study aboard will give you opportunities you would not ordinary have.

Another question you should ask yourself is, will it be hard to be away from family and friends. Some people enjoy contact with close relationships. Other people find friends no matter where they are. You should honestly evaluate your personal needs in this area before embarking on a course of study abroad.

Preparing for Studying Abroad

To prepare for your study abroad, read everything you can about the country, its people and its customs. Learn at least a rudimentary bit of the language. Ensure that the credits you earn will transfer to your home university. Save more money that what you think you will need.

Consider staying with a host family in the foreign country who can help you to navigate the language and culture.  Ensure that you have a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends at home.