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Debunking study abroad myths

September 2020

The best possible way to have an experience of a lifetime is through studying abroad. One of the most critical decisions that a student undertakes, studying abroad is one of the pivotal journeys of a student's tenure. Careful and meticulous planning go a long way. While the experience can be daunting, to begin with, added to the common misconceptions that a student may hear may make the task all the more gruesome, therefore, we have put together a list of some common study abroad myths that will further strengthen your prospects of getting an overseas education.

Studying Abroad burns a hole in your pocket

People have a common misconception that studying abroad is an expensive affair. However, when students take a look at the closer picture are, they able to realise that it is one of the greatest decisions and is one of the best investments for their future. Coupled with the added forms of financial aid that a student may receive in regards to scholarships, loans, bursaries and much more the overall expenditure isn't too expensive. Thus, once you have embarked on your journey to study abroad it is important to do your research to gauge the available funding options.

Students need to know the local language

While knowing the local language is definitely an added advantage, it is not necessarily a deal-breaker. Majority of the programs across a plethora of destinations are conducted in English and thus, the English language proficiency of the students is tested as part of the admission criteria. Other than that, locals in a significant number of countries are affable and warm to international students and thus, knowing English suffices when students are looking at higher education abroad. Courses are designed in such a manner that they attract international students. Therefore, if you do not possess the requisite skills in the local language it should not be a cause of concern.

Studying Abroad is dangerous

With the increasing incidents that one reads on the news, it is natural that parents and even for that matter students may have some reservations about overseas education. However, by and large, major study destinations are safe. For instance, Canada, New Zealand and many more such countries are one of the safest places to study abroad. These destinations, along with the support of the government as well as the universities ensure that they cater to the needs of the students and that the student’s wellbeing is protected.

Making Friends will be hard

It is important to remember, that just like you these students have also come from different corners of the world to enhance their education prospects. While at the beginning it may take some time to settle into the social circle, with time things eventually fall in place. Universities abroad plan various events and have social groups that help students socialise. It is also said that education abroad is one of the greatest ways that a student can network and make connections that help them climb the professional ladder. Thus, students are encouraged to go the extra mile to make friends.

Education abroad doesn't hold prominence anymore

A certain set of people have a fallacy that since a large number of students now decide to study abroad, the importance that it earlier held doesn't stay intact anymore. However, this idea is far from the truth. Now more than ever since the increasingly globalized nature of the economy, employers are increasingly seeking those students who have attained international exposure. It speaks volumes about a student's skills and shows to the employers that you have what it takes to go the extra mile. Moreover, studying abroad is often seen as an excellent pathway for students looking to settle abroad.

The Same courses are taught everywhere

Each study destination is often renowned for a said course of study, thus when you are in the initial stages of research it is important to look at these destinations and see the career opportunities that it holds. Moreover, look at the university rankings as well the course structure this will help bring to light the difference in a course structure across a variety of platforms.

Now that these doubts have been clear you can go full steam ahead. Make this journey even easier with Edwise, India's Leading Overseas Education Consultants.


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