Benefits of studying abroad
Very few other means allow for such an easy concession to foreigners to stay in another country.
If you are looking to experience life outside in a different country and its culture, getting to study in a university belonging to that country is by far the most straightforward way to achieve it.
You could try to get a direct job abroad or perhaps find some personal measure of obtaining residentship.
However, the number of such immigration successes are rarer as compared to the large number of students crossing borders into an international schooling destination.
It is a temporary arrangement and at the same time in the best interests of both the students and their host countries.
The global connect
Studying for a relatively extended period of time helps to forge lasting relationships between students. This is even more pronounced when you live outside your domicile city.
And if, as in our present discussion, you live outside your country, you will be able to build relationships with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
Such a circumstance is fertile with learning possibilities beyond the university curriculum. You will not only learn to appreciate the differences, but also expand on your skills – communication, social, interpersonal.
Situations that can take you outside your comfort zone and test your instincts in the unknown can make you far more adaptive than if you were to choose to live out your young adulthood in your parent’s basement.
Quality of education
USA, Canada, UK, Australia are some of the more popular international study destinations and house nearly 60% of the world’s top universities.
A degree stamped at any one of those universities, or the closely competing ones can boost your career forward. Most western countries have excellent funding for STEM research.
America is only one of them with over 2.5% of its GDP invested in scientific research. Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Israel, and our friends in the east – South Korea and Japan – are among other countries with a spectacular amount set aside for STEM research.
USA has the advantage of companies that also spend a lot on science funding that comprise nearly 70% of its research capital.
Language and communication skills
As a regular full-time international student, you will be in constant communication with fellow classmates from various backgrounds.
The nature of international programs tends to be far more interactive than, say, the purely instructional mode of the traditional Indian classes.
For instance, the American education system encourages class discussions, debates, and active student participation. This improves not just communication skills but confidence in expressing yourself to others, including authority figures.
Working in a foreign country
And not in the least, it provides the opportunity to earn your living in a foreign land with far more potential growth in your career and salary.
Studying abroad brings with it the associated perks of graduating with some form of working permit.
A work permit, such as an OPT in USA, exclusively deals with international students graduating in an American university. The one year, upon completion of a degree, is available to transfer your F1 student visa to an H1B work visa.
Even better if you are studying a STEM field as in that case your OPT period can be further extended by 2 years. Thus, there is ample cushion for international students to find and establish their employment in the host country.
Compare this to an outsider looking in to find a job and legal immigration status from her home country. Enter, long embassy queues, visa headaches and many many broken hearts.