Post Secondary is a place of many opportunities. Once you enter college, the doors open up for you to meet life-long friends, receive professional level education, hands-on experience if your field of interest, and if you're remarkably lucky, the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences of a student’s life. By studying abroad, their given the opportunity to learn new ways of life in another culture and soak in all it has to offer. Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to study abroad – hurry, grab your passport and buy your plane ticket now!
For the students, international programs are important factors of education; it allows students to experience different cultures, and viewpoints that they would otherwise not encounter on a daily basis. These kinds of programs can allow student’s access to research opportunities not available in their native country, and let them expand their knowledge of a given field by meeting experts from different countries. All in all, it's a win-win scenario.
1. Travel, travel, travel - see the world!While studying abroad students literally have the world at their fingertips. It can be easy to travel between countries, especially in Europe. In addition, being abroad allows students to experience brand new cultures with unique customs that enrich their global perspective, making them more objective and critical thinkers.2. EducationStudents who are open to experiencing different cultures and styles of education have the chance to develop a new outlook that they may have not been exposed to at home. They’ll find that completely immersing themselves in the education system of their host country is a great way to experience and learn about the people, its traditions, and its culture.3. Take in a New CultureMany students who choose to study abroad have never left their home country for long periods of time. When they arrive in their host country, they are fascinated by the distinct culture, new foods, customs, traditions and atmosphere. Students studying abroad will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and its history.4. Learn a new languageStudying abroad grants students with the opportunity to completely immerse in a new language, and there is no better way to learn. Additionally, most “host” universities offer language courses.5. Career OpportunitiesUpon return from a study abroad program, students have a wealth of knowledge on other cultures, languages and educational systems. It goes without saying that all of these qualities are attractive to future employers looking to hire well-rounded individuals.6. New InterestsStudents studying in a different country are exposed to new activities and interests that they many have never been introduced to had they not left their home country. Discovering new and exciting forms of entertainment, such as theater, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts is very beneficial to exchange students.7. Lifelong FriendsOne of the biggest and most attractive benefits to studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the world. While attending classes and living with students or host families, individuals will be introduced to a multitude of new people. This creates an opportunity to build lasting, life-long friendships.8. Personal DevelopmentThere is nothing quite like being alone in a new country. Students might find that studying abroad brings out their independent side, becoming inquisitive of their new surroundings. This allows for a lot of personal growth. Students gain the opportunity to discover themselves while in their own company. Being in a new place can be overwhelming, and it tests their ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.9. Graduate School AdmissionsLike future employers, graduate school admissions look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put them in difficult situations.10. Life ExperienceFor most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time.Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments, other than to be present and take in all the culture has to offer.With ABM College’s new International Student Program in place, students from all around the world will get a chance to study abroad, and get the Canadian experience. Where have you traveled to study?