You are probably thinking of studying overseas or not. Maybe it’s because of your parents, your friends or you simply want to experience something new. But whatever your reasons are and whether you care or not, your decision will impact on your future. Aside from all those good things you hear about studying abroad, there are actually other benefits of studying overseas such as:
Many students who return from a study abroad program have reported to have become more mature in attitude and intellectual since they have been exposed to a different ways of thinking and living, which encourages growth and independence. Also, since they were practically ‘away’ from home without any support from their parents or ‘housemaids’, they have to learn to do things by themselves; cooking, cleaning, washing, paying bills etc. Besides housechores, study were also done independently with no ‘tight’ supervision from teachers and parents; just like they used to have back in home country. All of these assist them to develop their attitude, personality and intellect and set them apart from most locally graduate students.
Being in a foreign country, students do not study alone. They are exposed with the cultural network with a mix of local and foreign students from various ethnic and nationality, influencing not only their mind set but also establishing their network internationally that help
their career in the future.
One of the main reason why students want to study abroad is to develop the language used in the country. By immersing themselves in a country where English is the native language, they started to learn and eventually master the proper way of speaking, reading, writing and listening to English language.
It’s commonly known that Employers increasingly seek graduates who have studied abroad. They know that those students are more likely to posses the international knowledge and often second-language skills that could boost the company’s growth.Such students are also likely to have other transnational competencies that graduate and professional schools and employers value just as highly: cross-cultural communication skills, analytical skills, an understanding of and familiarity with local customs and cultural contexts, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences. Some of these students with high achievement are usually highly paid with generous benefits.
On other hand, there are number of risks associated with study abroad:
Studying abroad is no easy walk in the park. Starting from the beginning, students are exposed to international higher education which require students to do independent study; something that most Indonesian students had not been accustomed to. Besides having to deal with study, there are also issues with culture shock such as home sick, inability to adapt with the new environment and food, altogether which often hinder their study.
Studying Abroad Can Be Expensive
There is no doubt that studying abroad can be financially demanding. For instance, studying in Australia university can cost up to 50,000 AUD/year (including living cost). While the costs may vary depending on the university and the country chosen, studying abroad require planned budgetting as often, students are forced to return to their home country due to financial adequacy.
Independent can be double sided. Without parent control, students are left deciding on how they are going to spend their day and night. Wrong influence may lead to taking of drugs, drinking, smoking or any other actions that may hinder their study progress. Thus, it is important that student knows about the risk and has to be trained in their self discipline before studying abroad.