Studying abroad is an experience that many students take advantage of at some point during their college career. When you study abroad you usually take anywhere from a semester to a full school year and spend it studying at another educational institution in another country. You will still technically be a student at your home university.
Many students (and their parents) may be reluctant to do study abroad, however, there are many benefits to studying abroad. You should explore these advantages when making your decision to study abroad in a foreign country.
Learn New Culture
One of the best perks of visiting a foreign country is experiencing and learning about the people and their culture. When you study abroad you have more time to immerse yourself into the culture, language and the people. It is an interesting and rich experience that you will appreciate for the rest of your life.
Nothing looks better on your resume than a section that says you lived and studied abroad in a foreign country. You learned the language and you experienced education in another country. By putting this on your resume, you are showing that you are up for change and you can adapt to any experience thrown your way.
Learn a New Language
You don't have to be fluent in another language in order to live in the country. Studies show that more people learn a foreign language by listening to daily conversation. Once you arrive in the country where you will study, you will be surprised how quick you pick up the language. You will come back to America as a bi-lingual student, which is a huge plus in the business world.
Pro Tip: It can be very beneficial to start learning the basics of the new language of the country you choose to study abroad in. This way you won't feel so overwhelmed in the new environment.
Most students are in a comfort zone and have trouble breaking out of it, even if it's just moving a state or two away for college. If you move to another country, you'll be forced out of your comfort zone. You will learn the way around the major cities and probably even take public transportation to get around. You will experience independence on a whole new level, which does not even compare to dorm living in the states. You will come back to America with a more confident attitude toward your future.
Make New Friends
Chances are, if you study abroad you will be living in a dorm or apartment with other students or maybe a host family for a few months. No matter what the living arrangements, you will make new friends from another country. You will build lifetime friendships and multi-cultural connections.
With experience from living and studying abroad you are improving yourself in more ways than you can imagine. You are gaining experience, learning the culture, and building friendships. It is all an experience that you would never regret and is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.