Why study abroad? Stories from international students

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There are lots of reasons why studying abroad might be for you.

You might find a degree course that isn’t available in your home country; you might learn to live independently; or you might network with amazing people and learn about other cultures. Whatever your reason for considering the experience, there are so many more positives. And if you don’t believe us, just look at what real students had to say about studying abroad.

The American university experience is unlike any other in the world and certainly very distinct from my home country, India. I was particularly drawn to the academic possibilities. As an undergraduate, you can study a range of subjects, and most universities don’t require you to declare your major until your junior year, giving you time to explore a variety of academic paths and see what interests you.

Some universities, including my own, require undergraduates to take a core curriculum of classes, developing the basics. Your course can be customisable, allowing you to choose multiple majors and minors, change things as you go along, and take electives that are unrelated to your main areas of study.

I really benefited from this diverse way of learning. I entered university committed to studying politics, but my discovery of college-level English literature classes was transformative and reoriented my interests in a way that could never have happened without the freedom that the US system encourages and celebrates. – Aditya Sharma, political science and English graduate, Columbia University .

Moving to Dublin for my university education in 2020 came with so much excitement and a little bit of nerves. Nevertheless, I stayed optimistic about starting something that was once a dream – studying medicine.

Studying abroad meant learning to live independently, which has allowed me to grow as an individual, overcome everyday challenges and build life skills such as managing my finances.

Studying abroad has also given me the opportunity to experience a style of education different from that in my home country, Nigeria. By exploring the environment around me, travelling, taking up volunteer work and through learning in the classroom, I am beginning to see the world and gain new perspectives.

During my time in Ireland so far, I have also been able to develop long-lasting friendships and create beautiful memories with people from diverse backgrounds and countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, Canada, Iraq and many more.

Finally, I have discovered new interests and found new hobbies including kick-boxing, something I might not have discovered if I stayed back in my home country. Studying abroad has been a life-changing experience so far. –  Temitayo Olabamiji, medicine student, RCSI Ireland

One of the benefits of studying abroad is learning more about yourself outside your comfort zone. At first, you might struggle, feel homesick and even question whether you made the right choice. However, as time passes, you learn more about yourself and how to cope with problems on your own. The things that have made you feel anxious before, like having your final exam, later seem like minor problems that you can handle. Eventually, you feel less scared and will learn independence.

My experience when I first came to Canada from my home in Turkey was like being a swimmer without a lifeline in the ocean. Eventually, I learned how to surf the waves and enjoyed new ones as they came. In the end, studying abroad has benefited me beyond the academics; I also found myself. –  Gaye Padir, sociology with a double minor in art history and communication studies, McGill University .

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I moved from India to do my master’s in Australia. It’s been about four years since, and I have gained a lot from the experience. On the professional front, I received a lot of exposure from the number of great academics I met. I enjoyed my experience so much that I decided to stay in academia and pursue my PhD at the same university. I want to stay in research in the future, and I can say with some certainty that my degree, along with my supportive supervisors, will help me reach that goal.

I think the key to getting the most out of studying abroad is to put yourself out there. I have tried to get to know as many people as I can to learn about different cultures, their personal struggles and how they got to the position they are in now. I did my master’s during the pandemic, and not being able to go back home was scary. But in the whole situation, I realised that even though our cultures and backgrounds are different, I had found a family far away from home. – Anneshwa Dey, PhD computer science student, Australian National University .

I was born and raised in a town in Hungary. I attended elementary and high school in one place, with mostly the same people. The places I went to every day, the friendships I had for over a decade, the environment I grew up in, though they all provided me with stability and comfort, held me back in many ways.

Moving abroad without my family or friends was the scariest experience of my entire life.

However, it was more than worth it. It allowed me to break out of a routine I had been following for most of my life. I found friends for life from all over the world who taught me so much about their cultures. It was a truly eye-opening experience.

Finally, living without my parents made me a lot more disciplined and reliable. Having to live on my own, though sometimes difficult, was character-building. It allowed me to have fun, but also taught me to get myself out of difficult decisions. These tough situations made me a lot more resilient, and getting through them made me believe in myself and my abilities. – Dora Szeles, international business administration student, Rotterdam School of Management , Erasmus University.

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Why Study Abroad? Top 7 Benefits of Studying Abroad in 2024

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If the question “why study abroad?” has crossed your mind, you’ve probably done preliminary research to discover the benefits of studying abroad . During said research, you’ve likely come across reviews from study abroad alums describing their experiences as “life-changing.” 

While that’s quite the high praise, the long-term impact of study abroad overwhelmingly shows the personal, professional, and academic benefits study abroad students gain from their programs do, in fact, change their lives.

Let's dig deeper into how study abroad is so life-changing and unpack the top 7 benefits of studying abroad , which include:

  • Connecting with new cultures and languages
  • Meeting locals and make a new home abroad
  • Seeing the world and gain a new perspective
  • Going on unique excursions that bring your studies to life
  • Boosting your resume with international experience
  • Forming lifelong friendships
  • You'll experience best-in-class academics

From setting your career up for success in today’s increasingly globally diverse world to forming friendships all around the globe that’ll last a lifetime, you’ll end your CIEE program with numerous advantages of study abroad that are sure to positively benefit your future wherever you go next in life.  

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1. you’ll connect with new cultures and languages..

One of the key benefits of studying abroad is being able to immerse yourself in a culture that’s different from your own. Maybe you’ll choose to study in Spain and live with a host family to learn how they cook authentic paella. Perhaps you’ll choose to study abroad in Sydney where you’ll learn about the Aboriginal culture that dates back more than 60,000 years ago. Maybe you’d like to study abroad in Jordan and visit Petra, home to Al-Khazneh, one of the oldest and most magnificent structures on the planet. Regardless of where you choose to go, one of the main benefits of studying abroad is connecting with new cultures, people, art, values, fashion, and more. 

In the vein of making connections, studying abroad will also help you build new (or strengthen your existing) language skills in a native-speaking country. Being fully immersed in a culture that primarily speaks their native language is one of the most effective ways to develop and improve your foreign language skills. Whether you want to refine your Spanish language skills in Latin America , study Chinese for the first time in Shanghai , or put your Korean language skills to the test in Seoul , CIEE’s programs in 30+ diverse global cities around the world offer you plenty of places to learn an entirely new language or improve your existing knowledge in a real-world context. 

2. You’ll meet locals who help you feel at home away from home.

Establishing your home away from home can be tricky, especially in the first few weeks in a new city. Thankfully, the people you meet abroad are determined to help you feel right at home. Not only will your host family welcome you into their home with open arms, but our on-site staff at each CIEE center work hard to foster a sense of community with you abroad as well. 

Whether with your favorite local pastry shop owner or one of your professors, engaging with locals abroad can help you build a home away from home. Not to mention, feeling connected to your community abroad will combat any feelings of homesickness you may (or may not) experience during your program. 

“I had a fantastic time and the CIEE Seoul staff were so attentive and helpful at all times. They were like my family here while on study abroad.” – Aaliyah A., Howard University.  

3. you’ll see the world and gain a new perspective..

Challenging your worldview is one of the most important skills you gain from study abroad. During your time living and learning in a new country, you’ll not only explore new environments, but also gain a more nuanced perspective of humanity, geopolitics, the environment, and more. In doing so, you’ll have more empathy toward others, appreciate how other cultures approach work, religion, family, and so on, and acquire a deeper understanding of how the world works. 

By the end of your program, your newfound global perspective will impact the way you approach your education, career, family, friends, and community back home, whether you realize it – or not. 

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4. You’ll go on unique cultural excursions to bring your studies to life.

Each study abroad and global internship program at CIEE is infused with unique cultural excursions, giving you plenty of opportunities to take your learnings outside of the classroom for real-world application and impact. Through our one-of-a-kind excursions and study tours, you’ll apply your academics to the outside world by exploring important cultural sites, chatting with local guides, cooking authentic cuisine, and more!

From a day-trip two hours outside of Seville to the seaside city of Cadiz to an overnight excursion to the luxurious city of Marrakesh in Morocco to a visit to the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul, CIEE’s cultural excursions offer something for everyone. 

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5. You’ll boost your resume with real-world international work experience.

Studies show 97% of students who study abroad find employment within 12 months of graduation and 25% earn higher salaries than their peers. With a global internship , you can boost your resume and gain the competitive edge you need to stand out to future employers. From problem-solving and communication skills to adaptability and cultural competence, companies love to hear about demonstrable skills gained abroad that you can bring to their organization. 

Whether you long to intern with an environmental organization in Costa Rica where you’ll work hands-on to learn about sustainable waste management on a dairy farm or you’d love to spend your summer interning in Barcelona at a startup organization in the retail space, the career benefits you’ll gain during a global internship are unmatched and highly competitive. 

From semester-long internships to summer internships to study abroad programs with internships baked into them to virtual opportunities , we offer global internships for all types of work experiences in a wide variety of industries that are guaranteed to benefit your future career. 

6. You’ll form new friendships that’ll last a lifetime.

The moment your study abroad program begins, you’ll meet new people you likely wouldn’t have met otherwise and develop strong bonds with them through your shared cultural experiences. 

From CIEE staff, professors, and administrators to your fellow classmates, you’ll form strong connections with your community abroad as you live and learn in a new city together every day both in and outside of the classroom. 

What better way to make the most of your study abroad journey than sharing your experience with your new besties immersed in the program with you? With such a unique shared experience, it’s no wonder alums say they form long-lasting relationships with the friends they meet abroad. 

“It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I discovered so much about myself and the new culture, as well as having made long-lasting friendships!” – Clara D., Arizona State University  

7. you’ll enjoy best-in-class academics..

No matter which CIEE Study Abroad program and location you choose, you’ll take top-tier academic courses that earn you transferable college credits. We give you the option of enrolling in courses exclusively delivered by CIEE and courses offered by the host institutions we partner with, which may never have otherwise been available to you. Topics cover a wide variety of areas of study, including (but not limited to):

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language Studies (e.g. varying levels of Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, etc.)
  • Environmental Conservation
  • History and Philosophical Studies
  • Public Health

In addition to your coursework, you may also have the option to complete independent research or an internship in your desired field . To ensure the courses you complete abroad can be transferred to your host university, you should consult your study abroad advisor. 

With study abroad benefits like these, it’s no wonder students often describe their study abroad experiences as life-changing. Rest assured that when you study abroad with CIEE, you’ll experience the main benefits of studying abroad discussed in this article, from receiving best-in-class academics to gaining a newfound worldview – and everything in between.

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Students can develop various personal, interpersonal and cognitive skills by studying abroad, studies indicate, including adaptability, self-awareness, tolerance for ambiguity, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and problem-solving and intercultural skills.

International education opportunities expose college students to foreign cultures, language immersion and interaction with diverse communities around the world, which can lead to increased self-awareness, improved critical thinking and even work opportunities, experts say.

Due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of U.S. college students studying abroad plummeted nearly 96% from the all-time high of 347,099 in 2018-2019 to 14,549 in 2020-2021, according to the 2022 "Open Doors U.S. Study Abroad" annual survey by the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit global organization founded in 1919.

The most recent data is still inconclusive, but the institute reports that 96% of responding college administrators in a different recent survey predict that their international programs will grow or stabilize in 2023-2024. Along those lines, conversations about the many benefits of studying abroad are echoing across U.S. campuses once again, experts say.

“We live and work in a globalized world. We are so interconnected, whether virtually or through physical contact,” says Lindsay Calvert, director of the Center for Access and Equity at IIE. “And it is ever more important for students to have these experiences, so they are able to work with and among different cultures.”

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Nick Gozik, dean of global education at Elon University in North Carolina, is emphatic about the utility of study abroad.

“It is difficult to imagine that a college graduate will not need the skills gained through study abroad and other global experiences,” he wrote in an email. “Whether it is a doctor who treats patients originating from other countries, a teacher with students from underrepresented backgrounds, or a scientist working in a multinational, it is increasingly necessary for graduates to be able to navigate difference and work with people from other cultures and backgrounds.” 

Cognitive and Relational Skills

In an IIE research study involving 4,500 college alumni who studied abroad between the 1999-2000 and 2016-2017 academic years, about 90% of respondents said their overseas experience cultivated these qualities in them. The benefits generally increased with the length of the study period, from a short term of a few weeks to one semester to a year.

Asked if their study abroad contributed to a job offer at some point, 67.5% of respondents who participated in a full academic year of the experience said yes, compared to 53.4% of those who studied overseas for roughly a semester and 42.5% of those who did so for fewer than eight weeks.

Professional Development

Students in study abroad programs often mix their desire for an adventure with foreign language acquisition, academic pursuits, short-term work opportunities such as internships, career building or a combination.

Sera Park, who is earning an art history degree at Temple University in Pennsylvania, went to the university’s Rome campus in spring 2021, during the pandemic.

“It was my dream to study in Italy,” she says. “My mom is an artist and I grew up around that but didn’t know what I wanted to do with my degree.”

Park worked as an intern on an art preservation project with a local art conservator recommended by her professor.

“As I continued my internship,” she says, “I realized this field (art conservation) was what I wanted to pursue in my future.”

Upon learning that studying chemistry was essential to becoming an art conservator, Park decided to add a chemistry minor to her degree. She plans to go to graduate school to complete her training as a conservator. Knowledge of chemistry is required in some graduate art programs in the U.S.

Study abroad also exposed Park to many opportunities for travel, she says. “As I was traveling, it helped me appreciate cultural heritage and art more, and why it is important to preserve it.”

How Study Abroad Can Enhance Job Prospects 

Among the most tangible ways that students are leveraging their study abroad experiences is in their job searches. Experts and students say that when searching for employment straight out of college and lacking significant employment history, one’s broader life experiences may count more.

Having been in a foreign environment gives job applicants a broader scope for a narrative about how their background and experiences have built their character, experts say.

Moriah Baxevane-Connell, who studied at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom for six months during college, says she highlighted her time abroad in her job resume .

“Looking for my first job out of college, study abroad helped me show that I had the curiosity and the willingness to explore new things and that I was open-minded,” she says.

So, when an interviewer asked, “Can you thrive in this new environment?” she was prepared with a response: “I said, ’Yeah sure, absolutely. I flew 4,000 miles away from everyone that I know and spent six months and I had a great time.’”

Baxevane-Connell worked for a tech firm in the U.S. for several years before going back to the U.K. to earn an MBA at the University of Oxford . She now works as a strategy and operations manager for Google in London.

The pandemic taught additional lessons about the value of studying abroad, says Samantha Brandauer, associate provost and executive director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Those lessons include “your ability to understand and tolerate ambiguity that comes from cross-cultural experiences and to sit with the ‘I don’t know,’” she says. “That is a valuable skill in your working environment, your ability to sit with the unknown that often comes with significant cross-cultural experiences.”

At Dickinson, about 65% of the 2,200 students study abroad at some point during their time at the college, Brandauer says.

Employers may have more favorable views of young job seekers with international experience, some research suggests. QS Global Employer Survey Report found in 2016 that six out of 10 employers around the world give extra credit for job applicants with study abroad on their resumes, and more than 80% said they actively seek graduates with overseas study experiences. 

What Deters Students From Studying Abroad 

Multiple factors deter U.S. students from studying abroad, such as financial concerns, fear of missing out on something at home, health challenges and being far away from family and friends, experts say.

“It is the combination of the expenses and just not knowing what it is,” says Baxevane-Connell. “And the fear that, 'I really need to finish my degree in four years, so I can get a job and start paying back my loan and so I can start living my life.'”

Female students are more likely to study abroad than male students, says Brandauer. “For decades, it has been 60-40” in favor of women, she says, and that's been the national trend.

Brandauer suspects that male students have "a harder time finding their social niche on a college campus, and once they identify with a group, then it is hard to leave that group,” she says. “There is a lot of comfort being male on campus.”

Students who are historically underrepresented in U.S. colleges, such as students with disabilities and some racial minorities, tend to also be underrepresented in study abroad participation, according to the 2023 IIE study. That study report also notes that many colleges have been making efforts to improve the access and experience for underrepresented students by offering scholarships, boosting advising and providing special information sessions.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, according to data from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Black students were 13.1% of U.S. postsecondary enrollment but just 4.1% of U.S. students studying abroad, while Hispanic and Latino students were 20.3% of postsecondary enrollment and only 12.3% of U.S. students who studied overseas. At the same time, White, Asian/Pacific Islander and multiracial students were proportionally overrepresented.

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How to write a unique study abroad essay

Sometimes, the process of studying abroad can feel almost as difficult as applying for college. You have to choose the country you want to study in, compare and contrast programs (hint: MyGoAbroad ), collect your transcripts and references and, inevitably, you will have to write a personal statement and study abroad essay for your application. 

When applying for a study abroad program —especially a competitive one—your personal statement and/or study abroad essay can make or break your application. After all, your program wants to know who it is exactly that will be representing their program in another country! They want to know exactly why you’ve decided to make the life-changing decision to spend a summer, semester, or even a year abroad.

Sound intimidating? Don’t you fret. We’re here to give you 10 study abroad essay tips so you can WOW your study abroad program with your application.

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10 awesome study abroad application tips

1. brainstorm .

Most study abroad applications will ask you something along the lines of, “Tell us about yourself,” and “Why do you want to study abroad?” Simple questions, right?

Actually, these can be pretty tough, when you consider how many ideas you need to narrow down to fit into a 500 word response. Remember that writing is a process. And, the best first step to streamline your study abroad essay-writing process is to just scribble some ideas down and do some good ol’ fashioned brainstorming.  

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Write down the things you’re excited to see, do, eat while abroad. Think about what intimidates you or what will be challenging in a new country. Doodle some of your goals for your summer/semester/year abroad, and really think about what it is that has made studying abroad so important to you .

Is it the idea of finally exploring that country you’ve been reading about since you were seven? Is it because this will be your first time living independently and far away from home? Are you just over the moon to be learning about your favorite subject in a place that is relevant to your studies? Whatever it is, write it, draw it, sing it— but get those ideas out there, so you can plan out the best essay you can possibly write. 

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Take some time to brainstorm and jot a few things down.

2. Outlines, Outlines, Outlines

Yeah, yeah, we know: since day one, your teachers and professors have pushed the idea of an essay outline. You’ve done about a billion of them, but breaking down your study abroad essay and knowing exactly where you’re going to go in your writing can help you have a more concise argument as to why your chosen study abroad program should choose you. We repeat: writing. Is. A. Process. 

3. First Impressions Matter

You always want to have that eye-grabbing introduction: who are you as a student, a person, and a traveler? In just one to two sentences, try to summarize and explain exactly who you are and why you want to study abroad (easy-peasy, right?). Don’t be afraid to get personal and really let your true colors fly — this is how you’ll stand out to the admissions counselors who are reading hundreds of personal statements and essays!

For example: “My grandparents emigrated from Argentina at the ripe, young age of 20 years-old, and throughout my entire life, I have been taught to love a country I have never met. My passion for studying the Spanish language, and gaining a deeper understanding of where my family comes from, has inspired me to apply to ______ study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina .”

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Don’t forget to sprinkle in your sparkling personality.

4. Supporting Statements

Up next in our study abroad essay tips: support your statement on why you want to study abroad by expanding on the ideas you presented in your introduction.

This is where your brainstorming comes in! What has brought you to this point? What subjects studied, projects completed, or passions followed have made you choose to not only study abroad, but study abroad with this particular program?

Be honest and sincere. It’s okay if the main reason why you want to study literature in England is because you spent your childhood reading Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia . It’s perfectly acceptable if your love of the ocean comes from an obsession with sea turtles, which is why you’ve decided to study marine conservation in Costa Rica . 

Maybe you want to study in Germany because you’ve always had the goal of working in international business! These are the things that make you a unique and interesting prospective study abroad student! Just be sure to always tie your passions, goals, and dreams back to how this study abroad experience will help you expand on these things and carry them with you through the rest of your life.

5. Get Detailed

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Organize your outline and start on Draft 1!

When you’re describing the who, what, when, and why of your decision to study abroad, be sure to state your goals clearly .

Passion is one thing, but your study abroad program also wants to know what it is exactly that you plan on gaining from this experience. How will this summer , semester , or year abroad bring you closer to your academic or career goals in the future?

Example: “Through this study abroad program in Israel , I will expand my worldview and understanding of Middle Eastern cultures, which will, in turn, prepare me for my plans to pursue a graduate degree in Global Peace and Conflict Studies. With this, I hope to eventually utilize my experience and passion to work for the United Nations. Studying abroad will help me achieve these goals.” 

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6. be yourself.

In the world of academia, being formal and professional is key, but in the world of study abroad, it’s all about making those human connections beyond the borders of your own country! That’s why it’s so important to be yourself when writing your study abroad essay.

Of course, always put in the time and effort so that your writing sounds smart, but don’t be afraid to add a little pizzaz and let your personality shine through! This will set you apart from other study abroad applications, and will give your study abroad program a much clearer sense of who you are as a student and a person.

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Always related your study abroad essay back to your long-term #GOALS and how this program will help you reach them.

7. A Two-Way Street

Ask not what you can do for your study abroad program, but what your study abroad program can do for you! Studying abroad isn’t just about what your study abroad program can provide you — you also need to prove your worth to the program’s officials .

After all, you’ll be serving as an ambassador of your home country and this program in a completely different country. They want to be sure that they’re accepting dedicated and deserving students into their program, so that years from now, when you’re a famous scientist or a world-leading politician, they can point to you and say: “See that person? They studied abroad on our program!” 

A study abroad program’s reputation is dependent not only on the opportunities they build for their students, but also on the caliber of students that they bring in. So when writing your personal essay, be sure to highlight what you bring to the table and how you look forward to continuing your study abroad program’s mission.

Example: “As a participant in this program, I know that I could expand my worldview and continue <Insert Study Abroad Program Provider’s Namer>’s mission of creating global citizens by creating bridges between myself and other cultures.” 

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No need to go totally analog when writing your study abroad essay. Stay in the 21st century!

8. A Solid Sprint to the Finish Line

As you conclude your study abroad essay, be sure to nail the point home and finish with a strong conclusion . You’ll have to tie together your original introduction, the reasons for studying abroad, and your goals for the future all together in a nice, clean, concluding two to three sentences.

Don’t repeat yourself, but be sure that these final sentences pack a punch, and leave your study abroad program admissions officers ready to buy you your plane ticket outta here.

9. Edits & Revisions

Never hit submit without first revising and editing your essay two or three times! You might notice typos or awkward sentences at second glance, and you might also think of an exciting new idea you want to add in after your third look-over! It’s also always a good idea to have someone else to look at your essay (or maybe even write it for you ...), to get a fresh pair of eyes on your writing.

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10. submit (on time).

Once you’ve cleaned up your essay, upload that application and click submit! But, don’t forget to pay attention to all of the application deadlines, and be sure to get all of your relevant documents to the study abroad program on time! There’s no worse feeling in the world than having spent weeks perfecting an essay and application, only to have missed the deadline. 

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With all of these study abroad essay tips, you might as well start packing! You’re well on your way to your grand adventure abroad, and by investing so much time and effort into your writing, your chosen study abroad program will be sure to accept you! Applying to study abroad can seem like a lot of work, but the minute you step off that plane and into your new home, you’ll realize that it was all worth it. 

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Whether you just want to do a semester or an entire program abroad, it’s likely a study abroad essay will be required. Students are beginning to realize what a great opportunity it is to take their studies abroad. Not only is it a great way to make new friends, practice your language skills, and travel while studying, it’s also great to put on a resume . So, it’s no wonder students are lining up to pick their top destinations and programs to study abroad.

To make sure they pick students who are ready and serious about studying abroad , most schools will, therefore, require a study abroad essay. The essay is a chance to make a great first impression and show the university administration that you’re ready to make the commitment to take your education even further by going abroad.

Consider some of the following tips to really make your study abroad essay stand out!

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1) Explain Why Study Abroad Will Make a Difference for Your Studies

A lot of students want to study abroad just for the experience and the excitement of living and learning abroad. These are important aspects, of course; however, school administration wants to know why going to your top study abroad destination will make a difference to your education.

Be specific! Explain the impact studying abroad will have on your personal and professional growth. Don’t just highlight how you think you will learn a lot. What do you expect to get from the program specifically? Is there a reason you picked one country over another to study in?

The more specific you are the better. It shows the university that you have given serious thought to your studies and that you are ready for the commitment!

2) Let Them Know Why You Picked Where You Want to Study

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Instead of just saying you will study anywhere, as long as it’s abroad, tell the university why you picked your top study abroad destination. Write with enthusiasm and let admissions know what you are excited to see and do in your new home.

Make sure you do the research in advance! Name some museums you would be interested in exploring or some monument you would be interested in seeing. It’s in your favor if you can also tie these back to your study program!

This will show your school that you will not take your study abroad experience for granted, and that you already have things to do to integrate into your new home easier.

3) Describe Why You’re Qualified

Whether you've recently entered college or are ready to graduate, your experience says a lot about what you will accomplish on your study abroad. If you want to make your study abroad essay stand out, make sure to make mention of your previous experience.

Mention major academic accomplishments, work experience, or skills that you might find useful abroad, such as knowledge of a second language.

The university knows you will learn a lot during your time abroad, but the more you can bring to the program, the better!

4) Show Your Personality

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The best study abroad essays are the ones with a little bit of personality! Your essay should still sound professional, but don’t be afraid to let yourself shine through as well. Studying abroad comes with challenges, and if the university gets a sense you are ready for them, you will move to the top of the list.

Add a personal story about something relevant to living and studying abroad. Describe a time you traveled somewhere new or met a friend from a different country. A well-rounded individual with some experience is the perfect candidate for studying abroad.

Showing some enthusiasm while also keeping your expectations realistic is the right way to show the admissions team that you have thought long and hard about your decision to study abroad, and that you are ready to pack up and move abroad.

5) Follow Instructions

It might sound simple, but if you don’t want your study abroad essay to be immediately tossed aside, make sure to read and follow all the instructions given. Some universities will ask specific questions or ask students to format their essays in a particular way.

Don’t ignore these instructions! It’s the first step to making a great impression.

If the essay is open-ended — great! Follow our tips to get inspired. But, if there are specific questions, make sure you answer them clearly and concisely. There might not be any right or wrong answers, but your school will still be looking for students who are able to express themselves and get their point across.

The Perfect Study Abroad Essay

If you followed our advice so far, you’ll be looking at the study abroad essay that’s going to get you into the program of your choice at the study abroad destination of your dreams!

Don't forget to proofread before handing in your essay. If possible, it's great to have someone take a look over it as well, especially if it's a professor or someone who has written a study abroad essay before.

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Should Students Study Abroad? Essay

Introduction, new cultural experiences, opportunities to learn new languages, travel opportunities, enhancement of employment opportunities, arguments against studying abroad, works cited.

Studying abroad refers to the act of pursuing primary, secondary, or post-secondary education in a foreign country. In the United States, foreign students comprise approximately 1 percent of the student population (Byram 34). Many students study aboard especially for their post-secondary education that includes university and postgraduate studies. In certain cases, students enroll for short study programs.

For instance, many institutions conduct academic exchange programs that aim to expose students to new cultures and educational environments (Cressey 52). The issue of studying abroad has been debated among experts in the academic field for a long time.

Opponents argue that it is expensive and introduces students to new cultural experiences that alter their perspectives and values in negative ways. On the other hand, proponents argue that studying abroad is good for cultural exposure and new educational experiences. Students should study abroad because it exposes them to new cultural experiences, provides travel opportunities, increases their chances of employment, and expands their perspectives of different cultures and countries (Cressey 22).

One of the advantages of studying abroad is exposure to new cultures and learning environments (Byram 37). Globalization has increased competition for employment opportunities among graduates in international labor markets. As a result, it has initiated changes in learning approaches because of the need to work in different cultures and among people who speak different languages (Cressey 62).

It is necessary for students to study abroad in order for them to gain cross-cultural communication skills, learn different languages, and get international exposure. A common challenge among international workers is ineffective communication due to language barriers (Williamson 29). For instance, American graduates who secure employment in countries such as China and Japan find it difficult to communicate with natives because of language barrier.

In order to work in such countries, learning native languages is a necessity because few people speak English. Studying in China is an opportunity for American students to learn the language and culture of the Japanese. The global economy has numerous challenges that can be overcome by studying abroad. Statistics show that only 10 percent of American students study abroad at one point in their academic lives (Williamson 30).

Experiencing new cultures and environments pushes students out of their comfort zones and facilitates acquisition of skills that are necessary for the attainment of success in the global economy (Byram 39). Countries have different educational systems that encourage diversity through cross-cultural interactions. Exposure to different cultures is important in eradicating ingrained stereotypes and misconceptions about certain races and cultures.

Interacting with people from other cultures equips students with skills that are important in solving challenges that developing countries face (Williamson 33). For instance, foreign students who study in Africa experience the challenges that poor people face. Examples of these challenges include poverty, hunger, and diseases. This increases their compassion and willingness to offer viable solutions to solve the challenges.

The most effective way of learning a new language is through interaction with people who speak that language. In countries that do not use English as the official language, foreign students are required to study the language used by the educational systems of those countries.

Even though some programs are offered in English, students learn local languages in order to ensure proper communication and interaction with other students. One of the advantages of studying a new language is the opportunities it offers with regard to communication, interactions, and socialization with natives (Williamson 39). It is easy to learn a new language through interactions with people who use it.

Studying abroad offers students an opportunity to travel to new countries and have new experiences that expand their perceptions of the world (Williamson 41). Foreign students get the opportunity to visit places that they could not have otherwise visited in their lives had they not traveled abroad to study. Some study programs include field trips that allow students to master their surroundings.

In addition to travel experiences, students make new friends because they interact with both natives and foreign students from other countries (Cressey 72). International media outlets usually present distorted images of certain countries by focusing on the challenges that their citizens face such as poverty, hunger, and diseases.

Studying aboard equips students with firsthand experience regarding the lifestyles and economic endeavors of such countries and as such gain new perspectives and ideas (Williamson 46). One of the challenges that American students face is a constricted view of the world. The United States is the largest economy in the world that offers innumerable opportunities to its citizens.

Studying abroad offers American students an opportunity to live in countries that do not offer as many opportunities to citizens as their country does. Such experiences change their perspectives regarding their culture and the cultures of other countries. Cross-cultural interactions shift or validate some of their perspectives and beliefs.

Students who study abroad increase their opportunities for employment especially by international organizations. Employers are more attracted to individuals who possess international experience that is gained form living in different cultures and countries (McKeown 54).

Examples of job opportunities that require international experience include international relations, diplomacy, medicine, and governance. Students should use their experiences in foreign countries to gain communication skills and other abilities that will give them competitive edge in the labor market. Many students choose to study abroad because of the high quality of education offered in certain educational systems (Cressey 63).

Students from developing countries travel to developed countries for higher education because of the high quality of education offered by the systems in those countries. Another aspect that increases employment opportunities is the creation of professional networks during the study period (Williamson 73). Students form professional networks that they use after graduation to find employment.

Studying abroad increases students’ their opportunities to volunteer, find internships, and work part-time (McKeown 55). Many institutions help students find internships and work placements after completing their programs. Forming professional networks gives students an edge over students who complete their studies in their home countries.

Opponents argue that studying abroad exposes foreign students to homesickness, culture shock, and new cultures that might change their perspectives in negative ways (McKeown 58). In addition, they argue that it is expensive and students might enroll in institutions whose educational systems are not as rigorous as those in their home countries. Even though foreign students experience homesickness, the opportunity to study abroad helps to develop independence and learn how to live without influence from their families.

The process of seeking foreign educational opportunities involves a through scrutiny of the educational systems of different institutions. Therefore, before students enroll to foreign institutions, they are usually aware of the value and quality of their educational systems (McKeown 64).

In many cases, students who study abroad receive government grants and scholarships that reduce financial pressure. On the other hand, the quality of education that students receive is far more important than the cost incurred. The benefits of studying abroad outweigh the disadvantages. Finally, the value of international exposure and acquisition of skills that enhance cross-cultural communication overshadows the cost of studying abroad.

Students usually have many options with regard to pursuing their post-secondary education. One of the options is to study abroad. Some of the benefits of studying abroad include exposure to new cultures and educational experiences, enhancement of employment opportunities, and creation of professional networks that are important for career development.

Opponents argue that studying abroad is expensive and posses the potential to affect the cultural perspectives of students negatively. In addition, they claim that students might be subjected to inferior educational systems that fail to equip them with quality academic and professional experience to navigate their careers. An important step in choosing an institution is a through scrutiny of its educational system.

Therefore, it is difficult to enroll into an inferior educational system. On the other hand, many governments and institutions offer scholarships to students. Therefore, those who cannot afford to pay for their study abroad can apply for scholarships and government grants.

Students who study abroad increase their opportunities for employment especially by international organizations because of their experiences with different cultures and cross-cultural communication skills. Another benefit of studying abroad is the opportunity for international travel. Students visit other countries and cultures that facilitated the development of new perspectives. Finally, students get an opportunity to learn new languages that give them competitive edge in different labor markets.

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Cressey, William. Guide to Studying Abroad . New York: The Princeton Review, 2004. Print.

McKeown, Joshua. The First Time Effect: the Impact of Study Abroad on College Student Intellectual Development . New York: SUNY Press, 2009. Print.

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Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study

Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study

In this article, we are discussing about Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study.

In a report by RedSeer, it is stated that in 2024 it is estimated that approximately 1.8 million Indian students will spend more than $ 80 billion on foreign education. In 2020, more than 2,50,000 students visited abroad for study purposes, and in 2021, it increased by 41% and reached 4,44,553. Even in the first 3 months of 2022, around 1,33,000 students visited abroad to study from India.

India is home to an incredible number of people and the Indian population is believed to be growing at a faster rate than any other country in the world. India is also one of the most populous countries in the world and this has made it difficult for many Indians to find good-paying jobs that they are qualified for. Recent statistics as stated above show that more and more students from India are going abroad to study. So why are students obsessed with studying abroad? Some reasons include high fees, lack of quality education in India, safety concerns, increased intolerance & discrimination cases & much more. Continue reading on to find out Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study.

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Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study? 

While the quality of education and the perceived value of an international degree are commonly cited reasons, there are also several uncommon and unique factors that motivate Indian students to pursue higher education abroad. Given below are the reasons Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad to Study

Exploring Unconventional Subjects

One of the unique reasons why Indian students go abroad to study is to explore unconventional subjects. In India, there are only a limited number of courses available, and students have to compete fiercely to secure a place in these courses. In contrast, universities abroad offer a wider range of courses and provide students with more flexibility to pursue their interests. As a result, Indian students often look to foreign universities to pursue unconventional subjects that are not available in India, such as underwater archaeology, equine science, and space exploration.

Escape from the Rat Race

Another unique reason why Indian students go abroad to study is to escape the rat race. In India, students are under immense pressure to perform well academically and secure a job that pays well. This can be overwhelming and stressful for some students, leading them to seek an escape from this pressure. Studying abroad provides a way out for these students, allowing them to take a break from the competitive and stressful environment in India and pursue their education in a more relaxed and supportive environment.

Opportunity to Explore Diverse Career Options

The opportunity to explore diverse career options is another unique reason why Indian students go abroad to study. In India, many students are limited to a narrow range of career options based on their academic background. However, universities abroad offer a wider range of career options, and students can explore multiple career paths before deciding on the one that best suits them. This can be particularly advantageous for students who are unsure about their career goals and wish to explore different options before making a final decision.

Gaining Exposure to Different Teaching Methods

The opportunity to gain exposure to different teaching methods is another unique reason why Indian students go abroad to study. In India, teaching methods are often rigid and focused on rote learning, leaving little room for creativity and innovation. In contrast, universities abroad offer more interactive and experiential learning opportunities, allowing students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Studying in a foreign country exposes Indian students to a range of teaching methods and helps them develop a more well-rounded approach to learning.

Access to Cutting-Edge Research Facilities

Access to cutting-edge research facilities is another unique reason why Indian students go abroad to study. While India has made significant progress in the field of research and innovation, there is still a long way to go. Many universities abroad have state-of-the-art research facilities, and students can gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects. This can be particularly advantageous for students who wish to pursue a career in research and innovation.

Opportunity to Learn a New Language

The opportunity to learn a new language is another unique reason why Indian students go abroad to study. In India, English is the primary language of instruction, and students may not have the opportunity to learn other languages. Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to learn a new language, which can be useful in both personal and professional contexts. Moreover, learning a new language can help Indian students develop a deeper understanding of different cultures and ways of thinking.

Opportunity to Build Independence and Self-Confidence

Another unique reason why Indian students choose to study abroad is to build independence and self-confidence. India is a country where family ties are strong, and many students are heavily reliant on their families for emotional and financial support. Studying abroad provides an opportunity for Indian students to live independently, manage their finances, and make their own decisions. This experience can be empowering and help students develop self-confidence and independence.

Opportunity to Develop Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

Finally, Indian students choose to study abroad to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In India, the education system is still largely based on rote learning and memorization, which does not encourage critical thinking and creativity. By studying abroad, Indian students can experience a different approach to education, which focuses on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This experience can be invaluable, as these skills are increasingly in demand in today's job market.

This article discusses why Indian students have a growing preference for studying abroad for higher education . It likely explores various factors such as the desire for international exposure, the pursuit of high-quality education, career opportunities, and the challenges within the Indian education system, offering insights into the motivations behind this trend.

India is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a booming education system that produces millions of graduates every year. However, in recent years, an increasing number of Indian students have been opting to study abroad. While the quality of education and the perceived value of an international education are commonly cited reasons for this trend, there are also several uncommon and unique reasons why Indian students choose to study abroad. So if you're considering it, be sure to weigh all of your options carefully before deciding. And once you've made up your mind, don't forget to have a great time!

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What are the main reasons why indian students go abroad to study.

The main reasons why Indian students go abroad to study include the quality of education, the perceived value of an international degree, the availability of scholarships and financial assistance, and the opportunity to improve language skills and gain cultural exposure. Some students also go abroad to escape pressure and expectations, pursue unconventional degrees, or access better research facilities.

Which countries are the most popular destinations for Indian students?

The United States, Canada, and Australia are among the most popular destinations for Indian students, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

How do Indian students fund their education abroad?

Indian students fund their education abroad through a variety of sources, including personal savings, scholarships, grants, loans, and financial assistance from universities and governments.

How do Indian students cope with the cultural differences and challenges of studying abroad?

Indian students cope with the cultural differences and challenges of studying abroad by building support networks with other international students, participating in cultural exchange programs, and seeking counseling and guidance from university services.

Do Indian students return to India after completing their education abroad?

Many Indian students return to India after completing their education abroad, while others choose to pursue career opportunities or further education in their host countries or other countries around the world.

Is studying abroad a worthwhile investment for Indian students?

Studying abroad can be a worthwhile investment for Indian students if they choose the right program and destination, and are able to leverage the skills and experiences gained abroad to advance their personal and professional goals. However, it is important to weigh the costs and benefits before making a decision.

How does studying abroad benefit Indian students?

Studying abroad benefits Indian students in several ways, including gaining a global perspective, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, building independence and self-confidence, improving language proficiency, and enhancing employability and career prospects.

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  • Easy Admission Procedure:
  • Various Options to Consider for Further Research
  • Top-notch education system
  • Development of Global Mindset
  • Better life experiences
  • Meet people from different countries
  • Individual or personal growth
  • Enhance your employment prospects
  • Enhance language skills
  • Live life on their own terms

India is home to an incredible number of people and the Indian population is believed to be growing at a faster rate than any other country in the world. India is also one of the most populous countries in the world and this has made it difficult for many Indians to find good-paying jobs that they are qualified for. Recent statistics show that more and more students from India are going abroad to study. So why are students obsessed with studying abroad? Some reasons include high fees, lack of quality education in India, safety concerns, increased intolerance & discrimination cases & much more. Continue reading on to find out why Indian students go abroad to study .

Top 10 Reasons Why Indian Students choose to study abroad

1. easy admission procedure:.

Easy Admission Procedure

The admission procedure for students going abroad to study is quite simple. There are no entrance exams or interviews required. All you need to do is submit your transcripts and other necessary documents to the respective universities.

This makes it a lot easier to get into foreign universities as compared to their counterparts in other countries. Additionally, most foreign universities have a lower tuition fee structure making it more affordable for them to pursue their studies overseas.

2. Various Options to Consider for Further Research:

Various Options to Consider for Further Research

students who choose to study abroad often do so in order to take advantage of better research opportunities. These facilities can provide with an opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading researchers in their field. Additionally, they can also gain access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources that may not be available in India. Working with experienced and knowledgeable faculty members can help learn more about their field of interest and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen careers. In addition, being able to work with other students from around the world can help broaden the perspectives and learn new ways of thinking about their chosen field of study.

3. Top-notch education system:

Top-notch education system

There are many reasons why students from India choose abroad to study, but one of the most important factors is the quality of education & work opportunities . In India, the education system is often criticized for being too rote and focused on memorization rather than critical thinking and creativity. Those who go abroad to study often find that they can learn more effectively and gain a deeper understanding of their subject matter due to the high standard of education. Additionally, they often have better access to resources and facilities, which can make a big difference in their learning experience.

4. Development of Global Mindset:

The rise in international students studying abroad has coincided with the globalization of economies and the need for a global mindset. A global mindset is defined as "a set of attitudes and beliefs that enable individuals to function effectively in an increasingly interdependent world".

There are various reasons why students are obsessed with studying abroad, but one of the most important is the development of a global mindset. With India's economy becoming more integrated with the global economy, Indian students need to have a global perspective to be successful in their future careers .

A global mindset can be developed through cultural immersion, which is often experienced by international students when they live and study in a foreign country. By living in a new culture and interacting with people from different backgrounds, international students learn to think outside of their cultural framework and develop a more open-minded perspective. In addition, they also gain valuable skills such as adaptability and cross-cultural communication, which are essential in today's workplace.

Apart from the practical advantages of having a global mindset, developing this perspective also helps students to become more tolerant and understanding citizens of the world. With the world becoming increasingly interconnected, everyone needs to have respect for other cultures and ways of life. By gaining an understanding of other cultures through their interactions with international students, students from India can play an important role in promoting peace and understanding between different people.

5. Better life experiences:

Better life experiences

The first and foremost reason why students choose abroad to study abroad is for better life experiences. Studying in a foreign country exposes students to new cultures , people, and ideas, which can lead to a more well-rounded worldview. Additionally, many students find that they learn more effectively in a foreign environment.

Some students also choose to study abroad to take advantage of the unique opportunities that each country has to offer. For example, studying business in France would allow a student to intern with top companies in Paris while studying medicine in China would provide a student with unparalleled access to some of the world’s best hospitals.

Finally, many students simply enjoy the adventure of living in a new country and relish the opportunity to explore different parts of the world. For these students, studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed.

6. Meet people from different countries:

Meet people from different countries

One of the most popular reasons is the opportunity to meet people from different countries. When you study abroad, you'll be surrounded by students from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about new cultures. You'll also have the chance to travel to different countries and experience new things. Studying abroad is a great way to meet new people and learn about different cultures. If you're looking for an adventure, then studying abroad is definitely for you!

7. Individual or personal growth:

Individual or personal growth

Among the most common reasons for students to study abroad is for Individual growth either personally or professionally. When you study abroad, you are exposed to new people, cultures, and ideas. This can help you learn more about yourself and the world around you. It can also help you develop new skills and perspectives that can be valuable in your future career.

Studying abroad can also be a great opportunity to travel and see new parts of the world. This can be a wonderful way to expand your horizons and learn more about different cultures. If you are considering studying abroad, be sure to do your research and choose a program that will best fit your needs and goals.

8. Enhance your employment prospects:

Enhance your employment prospects

As the world becomes more globalized, employers are increasingly looking for employees with international experience. By studying abroad, you can increase your job opportunities by demonstrating to potential employers that you can adapt to a new environment and navigate different cultures. Additionally, many employers view studying abroad as a sign of independence and maturity, two qualities that are highly valued in the workplace.

In addition to enhancing your employment prospects, studying abroad can also help you develop other skills that are valued by employers. For example, you will likely need to learn how to budget your money and manage your time effectively in order to succeed in a foreign country. These are both skills that will be useful in any professional setting.

9. Enhance language skills:

Enhance language skills

One of the biggest advantages of studying abroad is the opportunity to learn or improve your language skills. If you’re planning on attending school in an English-speaking country, this is a great way to improve your proficiency in the language. Even if you’re not planning on learning English, though, studying in a foreign country can still help you become more proficient in the language of your choice. Many schools offer immersion programs that allow students to live and study in their target language for an extended period. This is an incredibly effective way to learn a new language, and it can be a lot of fun too!

10. Live life on their own terms:

Live life on their own terms

One of the most common reasons is for better traveling life. India is a large country with a massive population, and it can be difficult to get around. By studying abroad, students can take advantage of lower tuition costs and travel to different parts of the world. Additionally, they can learn about new cultures and ways of life. One of the primary reasons why students are obsessed with studying abroad. is because they want to live life on their own terms. They want to be independent and in charge of their own lives, without the interference of their parents or other family members. Students also go abroad to study in order to get a better education than what is available in India. They are often attracted to the top universities in the world, which are located in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Lastly, Indian students go abroad to study because they want to experience a different culture. They want to interact with people from all over the world and learn about new customs and traditions.

Conclusion:

There are many other reasons why students choose to study abroad, but these are the top 10 that we found most commonly cited. From the opportunity to learn new languages and cultures to the chance to gain international experience, for higher education and to make valuable connections, there are plenty of good reasons to go abroad for your studies. So if you're considering it, be sure to weigh all of your options carefully before making a decision. And once you've made up your mind, don't forget to have a great time!

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4 key factors why India is seeing rise in studying abroad

There are several elements that come into play to influence the decision of students looking to study abroad. here is the list of elements that contribute to indian students seeking to study abroad..

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4 key factors why India is seeing a rise in studying abroad

Indian students choosing to study abroad isn't a new trend. Enrolling in international studies is a popular and well-accepted journey for many Indian students that has increased with time. The tremendous benefits of pursuing an international education contribute to the rise of student interest day-by-day.

A student's plans and hopes for post-graduation will impact where they choose to study. They could be interested in just the short-term opportunity to experience a new culture or they could be interested in getting access to a unique program to further their job prospects.

Here are a few key elements that contribute to Indian students seeking to study abroad:

1. health is more important than ever.

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