Studying Abroad Versus Studying At Home

Student days. Some people tend to say it’s the best time of your life. Your whole life is in front of you and you feel like the world is all yours. It’s also that time of your life when you get to know yourself better and figure out where you see yourself in the future. Your surrounding plays an important role in your personal and professional development.  Some people prefer to study in their country, while others believe that studying abroad is the best option.

Leaving your home country is never easy. Some people are more nostalgic than others and spend days thinking about things they’re missing out on back home. However, technology has made it easier for us to communicate and stay in touch with our family and friends. While studying abroad, you’ll meet many new people. Foreign universities are a mix of diverse cultures and individuals who come from different sides of the world. The perk of studying at home is that you’ll be near you family, friends or a partner.

When you leave your country for an extended period of time, it will be hard in the beginning. There’ll come moments when you want to give up. Students often feel anxious and depressed at the start. Good stress management skills play a crucial part in controlling a person’s levels of stress.

The language barrier is often a common problem for students who want to pursue an international degree. Highly respected and prestigious universities require excellent language knowledge. However, English is the most spoken language in the world and the #1 business language, so knowing English is crucial. You won’t have this kind of problem if you decide to stay in your country.

Studying abroad will make you more independent. When you’re alone in a foreign country, you’re on your own. That will improve your resourcefulness and ability to adapt. On the other hand, some people prefer surrounding that they’re familiar with and don’t want to take any risks. The common problem of young students or recent graduates is a fear of the unknown. Getting out of the box or leaving your comfort zone is one of the keys to success.

Another important thing is to put some emotion into your work and don’t be rigid. Studying abroad will strengthen your personal development. Being in a new place will improve your problem-solving skills. Most importantly, new learning methods, multicultural faculty projects, and experienced lecturers will motivate you and help you recognize your strengths and abilities.

However, students often go abroad searching for something they can’t find in their home country or want to run from something. If that’s the case, it’s important to face inner demons and confront the problem. We often search for something that’s right in front of us, but we can’t see it. The sun doesn’t always shine brighter on the other side.

While studying will generally provide you with necessary skills and knowledge, students pick foreign colleges and universities because of their credibility and tradition. If you have strong determination to study abroad, search for universities that fill your requirements. Moreover, ask former students. They’re objective, and you won’t get a better recommendation. If you want to stay in your native country, do the same.

If you like to travel and meet new cultures, then studying abroad might be just for you. You’ll get a chance to visit another country or countries, explore the culture and national heritage. Some countries have beautiful nature and landscapes, while others have a long history and rich tradition. If you stay home, get to know your home country better and search for hidden treasures.

Studying abroad will give you many career opportunities. When you return to your home country, you’ll be a desirable candidate to future employers because of your multicultural perspective, foreign experience, excellent education and language skills. If you decide to graduate in your home country, you’ll have many internship opportunities and more contacts in your country.

If we talk about financial aspects, studying at home is a much cheaper option compared to studying abroad. Other countries can be very expensive. Another problem are visas, especially for students that come from third world countries.

Everyone is different, so it all depends on your goals and preferences. Life is one, so carefully consider your wishes and don’t let anyone affect your call. It’s you who takes all the shots.


Steven Sanders is a writer and blogger at Haven House from Los Angeles, California. When not writing, Steven enjoys spending time with family and on his motorcycle.

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