10 reasons to study abroad

1. Travel

 

For most young people who, because of their current obligations, have not had the chance to spend a longer period of time outside their own country, this is an exceptional opportunity to do this. Continuing your studies abroad can give you the possibility of seeing the world. Also, an important aspect of this travelling is that it won’t jeopardize your studies. Not that you won’t escape the exam period, semester or year, as is the case with similar programmes, such as Work and Travel, but you will get the chance during your studies to also gain some work experience, apart from also getting to know the language and culture.

 

2. Education

 

As much due to the sheer volume of teaching material, as due to reaching breaking point, most students are only looking for an excuse to travel somewhere. It is very often the case that they choose to go abroad to continue their studies because they cannot find enough justification to take a break from studies, despite knowing that they will catch up on them one day, as time goes by and they lose continuity. A very important factor in choosing a destination is the foreign language which the student wants to master. Intensive classes and daytrips at the weekends are the best possible way to improve one’s knowledge of a foreign language and to get to know the culture.

 

3. Cultural enlightenment

 

The realisation that there are worlds which function significantly differently from the one we have known so far is a lesson which teaches us to think outside of our firmly set limits. Immediately after an international student arrives in unfamiliar surroundings, he/she experiences some sort of culture shock, which over time becomes an enlightenment which is reflected in a well-rounded approach to considering certain phenomena. One’s eyes begin to open through the initial time living in a multicultural environment, on university campuses, in families. Although it is hard at first, we quickly understand that communication and adaptation are the key to integrating into what is unfamiliar.

 

4. Independence

 

High school pupils, and even the majority of undergraduate students, have been living with their parents before going to study abroad. The carefree nature of this life has carried with it a whole load of advantages, but also significant limits. Nothing brings a young person so directly and quickly to this point of full independence like studying abroad. Suddenly, everything that we had taken for granted until yesterday – cooked dinners, ironed shirts, clean socks, allocated pocket money – become part of our everyday life, which still involves going to lectures and taking exams. Finding time for one’s social life is a sign that the period of adaptation is now balancing out and that further research can start.

 

5. Lifelong friendships

 

Your colleagues, international students, from other countries become your friends as soon as the phase of sharing starts. You share with them your living and working space and all your new experiences. Also, dilemmas and obstacles are an integral part of studying abroad, which leads to some friendships becoming significantly closer and more intimate than others. It is these friendships that are the greatest capital that an individual can develop in this world.

6. Your first real test

 

The aforementioned culture shock often brings with it nostalgia and loneliness, which appear on their own in one of the following phases. These apparently unconnected phenomena however have common roots and most often go together. This phase of life can help every student to get to know him/herself and realise what he/she is made of. Apart from the benefits in the aforementioned getting to know one’s own personality and the persistence in getting through this phase with the help of one’s family and friends, the friendships made and the education institution itself play a big role. The great majority of universities that our agency works with have advisory bodies within the department for international students, in which there are trained individuals who you can turn to for help. Also, some universities delegate mentors who are ordinary final-year students and who have themselves dealt with these and similar mental crises. Their memories of the help that was then offered to them are fresh and they are more than ready to share those experiences and their knowledge with others.

 

7. Variety of programmes

 

As a rule, all the internationally recognised universities in the more than 20 destinations which we feature in our offer, offer an extremely large number of programmes, incomparably more than what we have in Montenegro and the region. Also you should consider in detail the possibilities of changing between related subjects during undergraduate studies or when starting a Master’s. However, every university and destination has its own particular features. Our student mobility advisors can more suitably direct you to those destinations that are particularly oriented to the particular education programmes and areas that are more desirable for obtaining scholarships from European countries, as well as those professions that are in demand at particular destinations.

 

 

8. New language

 

If you are interested in learning a new language, studying abroad is unavoidable and is the best possible way to do this. The process of studying constantly forces you to enrich your academic vocabulary and to raise your everyday use of language to a completely different level. Communication is one of the most significant tools today and is an unavoidable factor of success in many areas. It is precisely this phase in which most academic and job offers fall apart, via a detailed analysis of written applications and interviews. Also, summer language schools are a wonderful option for all those studying and working at the same time, and a year outside these activities brings them to an enviable position.

 

 

9. CV

 

Every employer today wants to employ a young candidate who has had some international experience. Employers are no longer looking for young staff who can do administrative tasks and occasionally translate an email or at a meeting with a potential investor. They need experiences from their area, thinking outside of the box, new ideas. International centres are not essential places where all new ideas are born, but they are centres where the bearers of those ideas come looking for financial and global affirmation. If you have exposed yourself to such influences, and your CV adequately reflects that, you are a step closer to your goal, whatever that is.

 

10. Job possibilities

 

The natural link between the last two points actually shows the interdependence of the process itself, its essential aspect and far-reaching benefits. Studying abroad will open many doors to you and an unlimited number of different possibilities. Unfortunately Montenegro’s geopolitical position and that of the region have taken us out of the main global currents for centuries. The world order and global configuration are things that were out of reach for individuals from this region. Unfortunately for us, none of the global corporations and their associated brands are located either in Montenegro or in the region. Only by studying abroad, by adopting Western European knowledge and value systems, can you be brought into a position to be able to compete on the international labour market.

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