It can be scary enough going off to college, leaving the comforts of home and what you are used to. But what about leaving the country? There are many benefits to studying abroad—and it’s not just partaking in the delicious food!
Noodle Education offers the top 10 reasons why you should consider study abroad.
1. Gain some adaptability skills. After a few months abroad, you’re practically a culture-shifting chameleon. Learning to adapt to a foreign culture when you’re young can help develop your ability to adapt to new environments in the future. And these skills aren’t just helpful for travel, but also for transitioning to post-grad life. (Tip: employers also love this skill – it’s a great point to highlight during interviews or in your cover letter.)
2. Learn a second language. Many study-abroad programs offer opportunities for language immersion, like home stays, conversation exchanges and classes alongside local students. Not only is there no better way to make international friends, but having a second language under your belt is a great skill to highlight on your resume. (Bonus points if it’s a U.S. government-deemed “critical language,” like Arabic, Russian or Japanese.)
3. It pays. Many study abroad returnees have found that their international experience helped them land a job. In today’s global market, the cultural awareness gained from time abroad will make you a more valuable employee.
4. Everyone’s doing it. The number of students headed abroad is higher than it’s ever been before. This is due in part to universities’ recognition of study abroad’s impact on students’ futures in an increasingly global job market. Your school wants you to leave for a semester. So go ahead and do it!
Noodle Education created the first and only life-long education search engine in the world. Noodle.org enables users to find the right school, college, tutor, instruction video, or any other education resource — and it’s free. Headquartered in New York City, Noodle was created in 2011 by a powerhouse team of education innovators from The Princeton Review, 2U, Kaplan, Kumon and Colloquy. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, as “one of the 6 fastest growing tech companies” and hailed by Mashable, as “one of the 5 startups transforming online education.”