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5 Unconventional Reasons to Study Abroad

2017-04-17
by India Today

As the world is becoming flatter, the international student mobility is on the rise globally. Report stated that over 4.5 million students were studying outside their home countries in 2012 alone.

As the world is becoming flatter, the international student mobility is on the rise globally. The ICEF Monitor 2016 Report stated that over 4.5 million students were studying outside their home countries in 2012 alone. It further predicted that by 2020, the number could rise to 8.3 million! Additionally, India was among the top three largest supply markets of international students.

It is evident that today's students are realizing the importance and benefits of a diversified education and some of the unconventional reasons are often ignored.

Here are five things that may be worth considering:

1. Break out of the cocoon

Opting to study abroad means moving out of your comfort zone and this rule especially applies to a majority of us Indians. Given the sheltered culture that we're accustomed to, where we rely on our seniors or 'superiors' for almost every decision, getting out of that cocoon is imperative!

In today's competitive world, students must learn to be self-reliant and adapt themselves to learn basics that most people brought up overseas tend to know from an early age.

2. Experience a priceless cultural mix

Studying overseas means immersing yourself in diverse culture from different countries.

Interacting with students from 50 different countries and cultures is an unbeatable experience in itself! From trying different foods to celebrating traditional customs, you'll gain deep perceptions and values of various cultures, things that can't be taught with books. Although India has witnessed a large number of expats coming into the country every year, we still have a long way to go.

3. Focus on practicality

It is no news that studying overseas enables you to implement and test your learning. This is so because most of the education systems outside of India involve an application based learning that helps students transition from 'What' to the 'Why'.

Questioning is promoted as is it seen as a catalyst of positive change.  The methodology of teaching at universities abroad allows students to develop new skills and gain deeper insight into their areas of study. The problem-based teaching in international universities intensifies the learning process and gives a hands-on experience to the students.

4. Networking

Most world-class universities offer students plenty of opportunities to develop strong networks through various interesting conferences and career fairs including strong alumni networks. Remember, one of the key success factors for progressing in life is contingent upon the networks you develop, so optimally use every opportunity that university life offers.

5. Broaden your horizon

Studying abroad encourages an insightful journey that involves challenging yourself with uncommon experiences. It also helps you gain a fresh and holistic perspective of different cultures and the world at large.



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