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10 reasons to study a postgraduate abroad

Introduction

Studying a postgraduate program abroad is an enriching adventure for professional and personal growth. Yet, the idea of moving away from your comfort zone can be intimidating, I can guarantee you that it will be a rewarding journey. In fact, this journey could kick-start ones that you might have not considered yet. For example, continuing towards your PhD degree, working in great companies, or starting your own company in an environment where achieving all these things is more than less natural.


Before diving into the endless list of reasons why to study abroad, I wanted to mention three key reasons why is this important on a personal and professional level.


On the personal level:

  1. You can learn more about yourself and challenge the hypothesis that you can achieve more than have thought you can.

  2. You can learn to adapt and thrive in a new environment. This is possible because many other students abroad come from so many different countries which makes the whole situation much more emphatic as you feel that you are not the only one.

  3. It is a great opportunity to learn new systems, habits, and generally how a new society in a new country works. You can be surprised by the similarities as well as the differences.

On a professional level:

  1. It is a great opportunity to get better at something you are passionate about. Whether it is arts, science, or engineering you will discover the better version of yourself.

  2. It will change your perspective of what meaningful, rewarding, and challenging work means. It is a matter to be open to prepare to take the right opportunity. I can assure you there are so many.

  3. You inevitably become more valuable to your own home country as it signals that you are great talent to work with, otherwise, you wouldn’t be studying abroad in the first place. You will grow your international professional network for future collaboration or job opportunities. You also develop a sense of what works and what does not. This means that you take the good and leave the things that do not work that well. Simply be open to creating a better version of yourself. The outcome is only greatness.


Now let’s focus on why on earth you would leave good food, friends and family, etc.


10 reasons to study abroad

1. A Great University Looks Great in your CV

There are many renowned universities and institutions worldwide offering cutting-edge research, faculty expertise, and specialized programs that can enhance your academic experience and qualifications.


2. Diversity Matters

Immersing yourself in a new culture exposes you to diverse perspectives, languages, traditions, and ways of thinking. This fosters a global mindset and intercultural competence.


3. The Value of your Network Grows

Studying postgraduate abroad allows you to connect with peers, professors, and professionals from around the world. All of this while building a global network that will benefit your future career.


4. Highly Skilled in Niche Topics

Some countries offer unique and specialized postgraduate programs that may not be available in your home country, providing a chance to gain expertise in niche areas. This can greatly enhance your chances of success.


5. Firm Career Advancement

Studying abroad enhances your employability by demonstrating adaptability, independence, and the ability to thrive in diverse environments. These are skills highly valued by potential employers.


6. Language Proficiency

If you study in a country where a different language is spoken, you inevitably improve your language skills. This will in turn open doors to international job opportunities anywhere in the world. Really, the sky is the limit.


7. Research Opportunities

You will work at state-of-the-art facilities that are well-funded. In addition, you will get to know top researchers and have the opportunity to contribute to high-quality research output during your postgraduate studies.


8. Personal Growth

Living in a foreign country challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, develop resilience, and become more self-reliant, fostering personal growth and maturity. You will learn to adapt quickly and become more assertive.


9. Cultural Enrichment

You will have the chance to explore historical sites, landmarks, museums, and local traditions. If you are in Europe, there is so much to visit that can enrich your life and provide a deeper understanding of the world's cultural diversity.


10. Empathetic citizen with global Perspective

Exposure to different educational systems, societal norms, and perspectives broadens your worldview. You will become a citizen of the world by becoming a more informed and empathetic global citizen.


A world of opportunities in one decision

Ultimately, the decision to study a postgraduate program abroad is a really, really really personal one. It should align with your academic and career goals, personal aspirations, and willingness to embrace new experiences. It's important to research thoroughly, weigh the pros and cons in a decision matrix, and make an informed choice that suits your circumstances.

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