With the increase in globalisation, it is becoming more common to speak multiple languages and embrace different cultures. As part of this, more and more students are deciding to study abroad but many are still unsure about how all of this works, which is why I’m writing this article. No longer is learning limited to your classroom or lecture theatre- the world is your classroom!
What is studying abroad about?
Studying abroad is done in universities by one of these two ways: studying the full course in another country or adding an extra year to the course, usually after 2nd year to go abroad. Many universities have foreign branches for specific course, for example Queen Mary’s University offers a 5- year medicine course taught in Malta. More commonly, however, universities offer a semester or year abroad as part of the chosen course. During this year abroad, there are many potential things one can do, such as obtain a work placement and work in an industry related to your course abroad. Things like your accommodation will be
The Erasmus+ Programme is another alternative for studying abroad, for both students and non-students. The Erasmus+ Programme is focused on providing volunteer, studying and working opportunities abroad for UK citizens. With a range of destinations and opportunities, it is almost impossible that you won’t find a scheme suited for you. The programme offers work and internships abroad for students for 3-12 months. Students can also receive a grant, received via one’s university, to contribute towards the cost; for 2018/19 this grant is between €300 to €350 (£262-£307) a month. For more information about the Erasmus+ Programme click on the link below:
Advantages of Studying Abroad:
- Experience and learn about a new culture
- Experience a new way of learning
- Gain a unique experience in an industry you are interested in
- Learn or strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language
- An opportunity to travel!
Disadvantages of Studying Abroad:
- It caan be costly
- It can be intimidating to travel to an unknown place
I believe studying abroad is a unique experience that one should embrace with both arms, which is evident in my list of advantages outweighing my list of disadvantages. Having previously taking part in exchange trips, I’ve had some experience in learning abroad and it is definitely something I would want to do again. Studying abroad allows you to embrace a new culture, and all while do a course you enjoy, so why wouldn’t you?