Debunking 6 Myths About Studying Abroad (This Will Blow Your Mind)
Study abroad myths have been holding back students from living their best lives for years. Misconceptions such as that studying abroad is an expensive luxury or that it's for very limited majors hold back students. However, this is far from the truth, and that's why Educatly is going to debunk these myths and give you the push you need to start the life-changing experience of studying abroad.
Here Are 6 Myths About Studying Abroad:
1. You can only study in English-speaking countries
This is a very common misconception. There are plenty of study-abroad programs that don’t require fluency in the local language, as the classes are still in English (and we’re not just talking about English-speaking countries). Some programs will even provide you with intensive language courses at the beginning of the semester if you’d like to immerse yourself more in the culture. As with everything, having a basic knowledge of the language ahead of time will always help, but it is not always necessary.
2. Studying abroad is expensive
You can save money to study abroad, get a 20-hours-a-week part-time job (as many study abroad programs allow you to), or even get a scholarship that covers all your expenses. There are many things to make studying abroad affordable, you can read our blog on the top 8 tips to study abroad on a budget, and you'll know that it's possible!
3. Instead of studying abroad, you can travel and explore
Although we love that mentality, we must bring you back to reality. Often, once you graduate there’s pressure to start a job. Not only from your parents, who want to see you succeed and don’t understand your obsession with travelling but from the world in general. Especially from those who will be hiring you later. And, once you get that job (congrats in advance!) it will be difficult to get time off. Besides, traveling as a tourist won’t give you the same life experience as being part of a foreign culture.
4. Studying abroad means a late graduation
Actually, most universities will allow you to earn credits while on your study-abroad program. Besides, this experience will provide you with much more, such as exposure to languages, cultural understanding, and irreplaceable life lessons. But anyway, if that is the case in your home University, and you must delay graduation for a few months while you’re studying abroad, we can all agree that your gains can still exceed the sacrifices.
5. There are a few majors to study abroad
This is one of the most common myths about studying abroad, and it's just so wrong! With platforms such as Educatly, this is the easiest myth to bust. You can even see for yourself. There are opportunities to study abroad for every major available. And that’s all we have to say.
6. Studying abroad is a luxury
Of course, it is! But not in the way you might be thinking. We already busted the myth about studying abroad being unaffordable. So yes, studying abroad is the biggest luxury of your life. If by luxury, you mean empowerment, growth, education, friendships, and cultural understanding. Bring it on, luxury!
What are you waiting for? This is the time to take that step and change your whole life.
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