T H E . P R O S & C O N S . O F . S T U D Y I N G . A B R O A D
In my many years of schooling, besides the conspicuous, easily forgotten topics of math, science and English, I have learned two things:
Number 1. School sucks. This one is obvious, as it is a universally acknowledged truth that school sucks.
Number 2. Thankfully, there are ways to make it not suck, and one of these ways would be the “studying of overseas”, which is a topic that I am going to further explore in just five hundred words.
It is believed that studying abroad is a very beneficial experience for students, as it allows them to have the opportunity to understand a foreign country’s culture and beliefs, whilst still being able to continue learning, maybe even better. International Education offers many life-changing qualities, either for academic purposes, future careers and intercultural, personal and social changes of a student. Students would be able to experience and discover the incredible outlook, customs and activities of other countries, enabling students to experience the different styles of education, that they would not be able to learn in their home country.
And because words aren’t enough:
However, even though there are many benefits to studying overseas, just like everything else in the world, there are drawbacks.
“International Education is not the rich intercultural experience it could be.”– Simon Marginson, International Education as self-formation: Morphing a profit-making business into an intercultural experience
As my class and I further analysed this topic, we also discussed the different strategies that are used by international students when they are overseas:
Multiplicity; is used when an international student tries to adapt their current abilities to the country that they are studying in.
Hybridity; which is when an international students culture identities are converged.
These strategies display that international studying can be very stressful for some students as they are forced into blending in with these other cultures, which can ultimately lead to “culture shock,” making them feel out of place and anxious as they are unfamiliar with the lifestyle of the country since it is considered foreign to them. This happens because the different mix of cultures can often not blend in well with another person’s everyday lifestyle, causing them to stress and adopt non-ethical beliefs. Eventually, this uneasiness leads to homesickness making them feel alone, and without the emotional support that they need, it makes it harder for them to cope in the new country.
This is evident in this video:
Education is critical for an individual. It has the ability to share knowledge of our world and the people living in it, allowing us to understand our society better, and even giving us the power to discover something about ourselves. We are able to have a different perspective on life through the education that is given to us. In short, education is the process of gaining information and sharing it in any way we can, and so, by studying internationally, I believe that our society would be able to learn more about the world in a more revealing way, granting countries a sense of “connectedness” and thus making our world much more multicultural.
R E F E R E N C E S:
Kell, Peter, Vogl, Gillian 2006, ‘International students: negotiating life and study in Australia through Australian Englishes’
Reddy, K. (2017). Top 22 Advantages & Disadvantages of Studying Abroad – WiseStep. [online] WiseStep. Available at: https://content.wisestep.com/top-advantages-disadvantages-studying-abroad/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2017].
Marginson, Simon 2012, ‘International education as self-formation: Morphing a profit-making business into an intercultural experience’
International Student. (2017). 10 Benefits to Studying Abroad | Study Abroad Guide. [online] Available at: https://www.internationalstudent.com/study-abroad/guide/ten-benefits-to-studying-abroad/ [Accessed 16 Aug. 2017].