Advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad

The Yes Men

Pro’s of studying abroad

It’s that time of the academic year again, exams are finished and it’s the perfect opportunity to use your new found (if fleeting) freedom to polish up your study abroad dream. Let’s reinforce that dream here by looking at some of the best things about studying overseas.

Make new friends – whether you’re studying in the sun, relatively close to home in Spain, or you want to be on the doorstep of the wilderness in Colorado, you’re bound to meet loads of interesting new people when studying abroad.

New opportunities and more options – many overseas universities offer more flexibility in their programmes than UK institutions. An international student studying economics, business or finance will find more options in a US university than they will in any UK university.

Become multilingual – learning a new language is an obvious opportunity when studying abroad. By learning the language of the country that you study in, you will be able to connect with your fellow students. Being multilingual is a key advantage in any future career too.

“Integrate yourself in your new home by learning a language”

Con’s of studying abroad

Chance of homesickness – the polar opposite of making new friends is homesickness. Regardless of which country you move to, you are bound to encounter at least a little homesickness. It’s perfectly normal and it’s something you’re already likely to have experienced at some time in your life. It will bite most on special occasions, including birthdays, holidays, Christmas and other special occasions.

Financial cost – one of the main drawbacks of your dream of studying abroad is likely to be the cost. If you plan on studying internationally, costs such as flights, housing, meals, living costs, and not least of all, tuition fees can really mount up. The only solution is to do your research so you have a clear idea of how much it’s going to cost to study in your prospective country.

Losing time – going abroad for one semester or even a year can really cost you time and make your overall degree take much longer. Before getting on the plane, it’s important to have some lengthy discussions with everyone that’s connected with your current course, including professors, university admin staff and academic advisers. You don’t want any unexpected surprises if you do go abroad for part of your course, only to return to find you have to complete an extra semester or an extra year to complete missed requirements to graduate from your course.