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Why study abroad?

By Maksim Pisarev

Studying abroad is undoubtedly fashionable. Many students strive to continue their studies in the USA, Great Britain, Germany and other countries. But the question “Why?” is often asked. Is there something in foreign education that cannot be found in our own schools and universities?

The quality of education in foreign universities, to work abroad, or to have business contacts around the world are obvious reasons why many people choose to study in another country. 

But there is also the “underwater part of the iceberg” – advantages that are often undeservedly forgotten. The most common reasons for studying abroad are: 


Reason 1: Quality of education and rankings of foreign universities


This is the most common reason people go to study abroad. Global education is going through difficult times and in many ways fail to cope with the requirements of the modern world. One of the confirmations of a university’s education system and its quality is by the top university’s world rankings. 


Reason 2: International recognition of diplomas


The main advantage that those who go to study abroad get is a universal foundation for a future career that are accepted and recognized in any country in the world.


Reason 3: It is easy to continue studying in the selected country


For those considering studying at a foreign school, this is usually the first step towards a university degree in that country.  It is more convenient to get used to the education system of a certain country at a local school first, at the same time gaining the necessary points in specialized disciplines and learning the language at the required level, before moving on to a higher education degree.


Reason 4: Preferential employment conditions after university studies in the country


Many countries are providing its students the opportunity to work in the country after their graduation. Student visas usually provide for an additional grace period of stay in the country of up to 6 months or more to gain employment.


Reason 5: Self-reliance, responsibility and initiative


In many foreign cultures, the approaches to learning differ greatly. Students are provided with excellent opportunities for development in their interests.

For example, a student can independently choose disciplines to study beyond the basic plan. The main task of teaching at school is not only to teach the child a basic set of knowledge, but rather to teach how to think, reason and work independently with information.

Another feature of education of the student’s character is personal responsibility for learning.  Thus, a character is formed that helps student to study at the university, and the young specialist is encouraged to take the first steps up the career ladder.