Knowledge can be gained in many ways. One of the ways is to study abroad. Studying abroad gives students an experience of a life time to gain such invaluable experience. It is an excellent opportunity to come into close contact with a distinct culture in their day-to-day lives and return home with plenty of cherished memories. For instance, students can experience four or two seasons in a year depending on wherever they choose to study,. In fact, studying abroad had many benefits.
First and foremost, it is a great growth experience. Studying abroad challenge students to live among different types of peoples under different conditions. Gilbert Keith Chesterton says “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” The lifestyle and social differences force the student to expand their social skills in order to get assistance from lectures, school staff classmates, as well as to make friends among their peers. In addition, “students will also derive much benefit from expansion of their communication abilities later in life”. As a result, these students accrue a greater expanse of knowledge as they become able to cope in in challenging situations. Stated by Laurence Sterne, “The desire of knowledge, like thirst of riches, increase ever with acquisition of it”.
Moreover, this experience will cause them to mature, increase of confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately make the student a more “well-rounded person”. Furthermore, the students will “having a greater perspective of the world around them to appreciate societal differences”.
Studying abroad provides the opportunity to travel. Students can venture out and check their surrounding during weekends or academic breaks. Studying abroad is not all about being a book worm; it is about getting to know a new and interesting land. Being in a new place, get to know people who have different way of living, and becoming familiar with new cultural and urban environment. In addition, students have opportunities to confront the realities of people and cultures coming together around tourism. In other words, they able to see the reality of life, that are consists of many differences peoples and cultures by naked eyes.
There are lots of interesting places to be visited. Majority of students studying abroad appreciate their time and use it to explore the world more as well as learning the world itself by venture out while academic break. In fact, “the beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand” says Frank Herbert. In particular, knowledge is something to be earning by not knowing the meaning but it is something to seek by exploring the world. Consequently, students travel around while abroad to study.
Besides, studying abroad helps to develop personal skills. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary at first, but it is also exciting. It is an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. Students encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar them and learn to adapt and response in effective ways. For instance, students face communication problems when they speak to the locals in that particular country throughout the academic session. Speaking the language often enable most of them to speak the language in the end without problems.
Moreover, they can solve academic problems together even though the group consist variety of races. In particular, students can be edifying the situation after a while in abroad. They develop a better perspective on world affairs through international study and understand the depth and breadth of differences that abound in the global community. This personal development broadens the student’s chances in the future.
Studying abroad also enhances employment opportunities. Through employer’s eyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Moreover, “study abroad reflects positively on resumes and increases the chance of employment with international and multinational organizations”. For example, nowadays, before hiring an employer, they will see the resumes first then interview the candidate’s individually or in groups. In the resumes, it reflects the candidates’ capability and the potential to serve for the company but, the company will see which candidates study abroad and they will be given the priority to these candidates first for the job as they pass the interview sessions. In other words, these kinds of students have greater chances getting a good career than average students that study locally. An average student does not expose to the globalization. In addition, abroad students not so stiff to get a job due to the degree acquired from those universities are recognize by multinational organizations. As well as experience of living and studying in foreign country, negotiating others cultures and able to speak foreign language fluently will all set apart from the majority other job applicants.
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