Why Study Abroad?
Take a look at our guide to discover 10 great reasons why you should study abroad!
Students who have completed their studies overseas often cite how the experience has contributed to their intellectual, cultural, and personal growth. A well-planned study abroad experience is a valuable asset that will enrich your life, help you to build skills, and boost your job prospects.
10 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad
- Experience a Different Culture
Studying abroad allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture. During your studies, you will be exposed to many new foods, traditional cultures and local activities. Not only will this allow you to discover new interests and hobbies, but it will also greatly enhance your cross-cultural awareness – a key skill in the globalised world of today. Throwing yourself into an unfamiliar culture will also help you to become more open-minded. Learning how to maintain an open attitude to new experiences is a skill that will prove to be enormously useful in your professional and personal life.
- Get A Quality Education
Attending a foreign university will greatly broaden your study options. During your course, you will be exposed to a new education system and different approaches to learning and research. You may also get the chance to attend unique classes that would otherwise not be available to you in your home country.
- Learn a New Language
Numerous studies have proven that total immersion in a new culture is the most effective way to learn a language. During your time abroad, you may also wish to attend language classes provided by the university. Mastering a new language will greatly enhance your employment prospects, as 72% of employers agree that knowing a second language adds to the appeal of a job candidate. What’s more, developing another language has many cognitive benefits including:
- Improved ability to multi-task
- Enhanced memory
- Better decision-making skills
- Make Friends
As an international student, you will get to know plenty of new people. Many universities have student clubs that arrange social events to help newcomers mingle. During your time in university, you will make many new friends – be they locals or other international students- from all over the world. What’s more, visiting your college pals will give you the perfect excuse to travel the world after graduation.
- See the World
If you’re studying abroad, why not use your breaks to go sightseeing in your host country or explore nearby countries? If you are studying in a centrally-located country, then you may be able to easily and cheaply visit nearby nations by car, train, bus, or ferry. For example, if you decide to study in Serbia you will benefit from easy access to many countries including Hungry, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania.via GIPHY
- Enhance Your Employability
In the globalised world of today, employers are increasingly seeking graduates with international experience. In fact, data from AIM Overseas shows that 61% of employers agree that an overseas study experience is a positive on a CV. By referencing your international studies in your medical CV, you will be sure to impress potential employers and give yourself a greater chance of reaching the interview stage. During your time abroad, you should avail of the opportunity to build professional experience by securing an internship or placement with a local organisation.
- Build Transferable Skills
One of the main reasons why you should study abroad is that the experience will allow you to develop useful skills. Many of these skills are transferable that may prove to be enormously helpful to you in your career as a doctor, dentist, or vet. Students with international experience stand out in today’s fiercely competitive jobs market. Some examples of skills that could be developed during international studies include:
- Crisis management
- Intercultural competencies
- Tolerance & open-mindedness
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to work in a team
- Organisation & time management
- Patience & perseverance
- Self-reliance & responsibility
Learn more about the top skills needed to become a doctor.
- Work on Your Personal Development
“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world.” – David Sedaris, Author
Attending university in a foreign country gives you the chance to strike out on your own. This is the ideal time for personal development as you gain greater independence and are forced to become more self-reliant. During your time abroad, there will be many occasions during which you are forced outside your comfort zone. This will allow you to learn more about yourself and develop key “adulting” skills.
- Save Money
For many people, studying abroad can offer a more affordable alternative to universities at home. For example, average tuition fees for a medical school in the US ranges between $34,592 – $58,668 per year, whereas this would cost just $8,660/year per year for a medical university in Bulgaria. In addition to lower tuition fees, you may also benefit from reduced living costs. These cost savings will help to ensure that you can kickstart your professional career without the burden of financial debt holding you back.
- Enjoy Less Competition for University Places
In many countries, entry into medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate programmes can be highly competitive. For example, there were 10 applicants for every UK medical school place in 2011. As a result, many excellent candidates are turned away. In contrast, many European universities do not have mandatory entrance exams and candidates are guaranteed entry as a result. Choosing to study abroad significantly expands your educational options and takes much of the stress out of the admissions process.
Why Study Abroad with Study Medicine Europe?
Study Medicine Europe gives students the chance to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine in Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria. All of our partner universities are fully-accredited and have been featured in international directories. What’s more, the courses on offer are all taught in the English language so as to minimise the language barrier.
Another reason you should consider Study Medicine Europe is that our team will provide you will a full suite of support services. We will guide you through the admissions process, help you with the relocation and provide on-the-ground support throughout your studies. What’s more, we will continue to help you after graduation by providing job-seeking support services and advice on how to get licensed to practice in the UK or US.