Date of Publication: 27 November 2018
If you are entering the workplace or university in the coming years, one of the most important ways to prepare yourself is through international exposure. In addition to the long-term benefits of studying abroad supported by various studies, such as increase in pay post-graduation salary and increased likelihood of entering into top choice graduate programmes, there are several other long-term benefits of study abroad programmes.
Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to study abroad this summer:
1. Build New Interests
An unexpected benefit of spending a summer abroad is that it will foster new interests. Have you ever played a game of cricket, or rugby? Have you taken part in debates in the style of the Oxford Union? What about punting down the River Cherwell, or the River Cam? As a result of studying abroad, you’ll have experiences unique to the environment, and may gain a new interest or hobby as a result.
2. Live Independently
As a result of living in university housing, you will gain more confidence in your ability to live independently. During a summer course, you are responsible for arriving to class on time, completing your homework, and preparing for class. These skills are valuable for all students. In addition to these independent living necessities, you’ll learn skills out of your comfort zone. Living in England, you’ll navigate exchange rates, learn your way around your city of choice, and, for non-English speakers, dive into a new language. Expanding beyond your comfort zone will expose you to new cultures beyond your own.
3. Take Part in International Discussions
In a summer programme with a focus on group discussion, Oxford Summer Courses facilitates international discussions. You’ll discuss your preferred subject with peers from around the world. Your views on your favourite topic will be shaped by international discussions. Following the programme completion, you’ll have an international worldview on your topic of choice.
4. Build Your Confidence
Between navigating a map of your new city, learning the value of the currency in your hand and making friends from around the world, you’re bound to feel your confidence increase. Taking these skills back to your home country, you’ll feel more confident in your daily activities.
5. Gain Cultural Insight
England has a very unique and distinct culture that you will come to appreciate throughout this course. If you are already comfortable with English culture, you are bound to learn more about cultures from around the world in an international summer programme. Last year, Oxford Summer Courses hosted students from over 80 countries. You’ll learn new customs from your new friends, expanding your cultural insight.
6. Learn More about Globalisation
As business move increasingly digital, we’re seeing an increase in global digital flows as well. In a recent study McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), digital flows of information have been shown as being increasingly international. In fact, according to the study, the amount of cross-border bandwidth that is used has grown 45 times larger since 2005. Globalisation has become increasingly digitised. Studying abroad this summer will provide you with greater understanding of how to work in an increasingly global workplace and how to adapt to this ever-changing work environment.
7. Create an International Network
For students aged 16-24, building an international network is a critical skill and one of the top reasons to study abroad. As you move on to university and the workforce, you will already be connected with peers from around the world. As a result, you will have a network of peers and colleagues abroad with which you can share ideas.
8. Expert tutors
During one of our courses, you’ll learn more about your favourite subject from top experts in the field. Since class sizes are small, tutors will give you individualised attention, so you’ll leave the course with more in-depth knowldge.
9. Learn through a Global Lens
You will gain global perspective on your topic of choice. Through an international summer abroad programme, you will learn how others approach the same subject through their own perspective. While you may have approached a problem one way, a student from around the world may look at the same problem quite differently.
10. Lifelong Friends
The bonds that you form while living abroad are unbreakable. You will study and live with students from around the world, and the experience of living abroad will undoubtedly bind you. After your programme has finished, you will return to your home country with a group of close friends around the world.