10 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad This Year Start studying abroad

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Studying abroad can be one of the most thrilling experiences affecting your personal and professional life. You can now make a change by going abroad for your future studies. To make your decision easier, the StudyPortals team has gathered 10 reasons why you should pack your bags and get ready to study at a foreign university in 2016.

1. Experience a culture shock

The saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’’ applies to every trip that you take outside of your home country. However when studying abroad, you will be exposed to a new environment, foreign people and culture for quite some time. Dealing with these aspects will shape you as a person. Before you leave for your studies abroad you might be worried about homesickness, leaving your social network behind or feeling lost in a foreign city. All of these aspects of a so called-culture shock will make you a more independent person and teach you important social skills.

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2. Grow beyond yourself

Studying abroad means being open for challenges and learning by trial and error. When abroad, you will face situations that might be a piece of cake in your home country but turn out to be tricky abroad. Whether you have mastered bureaucracy in a foreign country or overcome language barriers you will build your independence in any case. Indeed a study conducted by the University of Marylandfound that students connect study abroad experience to increased maturity.

3. Discover new interests/hobbies

When abroad, you might find yourself in a country that is totally different than your home country in terms of weather conditions, infrastructure, mentality or even the social and educational systems. All of these differences can be opportunities for you. You might find an odd sports activity for instance, that people are crazy about in your host country but no one knows in your home country.

4. Learn the local language

Brush your language skills up before you go abroad or learn a completely new language. A couple of phrases will help you get around in your new environment and definitely get you sympathy from the locals. Trying to integrate by learning the local language is a huge plus for you and your studies. Find a language course on PreparationCoursesPortal!

5. Join an international student network

International student networks like the Erasmus Student Network and AIESEC offer a great variety of networking and socializing opportunities. Through these networks you will also be able to connect to locals more easily, find internships or even a future job. Whether you join them for travel activities or as a volunteer you will quickly find the opportunity to meet new like-minded people and expand your social circle.

6. Enjoy student benefits

As a student enrolled at a university, you should make use of more than 42.000 student benefits in more than 130 countries. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) acts as a unique identifier to allow students access to preferential travel opportunities, specially negotiated services, discounts and experiences in every area and stage of student life, consequently reducing the cost of being a student. Dependent on your place of study, many countries have additional local student cards that give you benefits on public transport, cultural sights or hotels.

7. Boost your CV

In today's globalized world international work and study experience is an essential to get noticed on the international job market. HR managers are actually scanning CVs for foreign experiences. Intangible skills gathered during a stay abroad are usually helpful in landing a job. By studying abroad you will not only stand out from the crowd but also get ahead of other applicants on the international job market.

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8. Check your English skills

Prepare for your stay abroad by taking an IELTS test. Many universities require an English language proficiency test like the standardized IELTS. Check out the Admissionstestportal to find out more about the IELTS test. StudyPortals helps you find test locations closest to you and more than 7000 universities that accept the IELTS language certificate as a proof of English language proficiency.

9. Finance your dream studies

Worried about your financial resources during your studies abroad? Check Scholarshipportal for more than 1237 scholarships or apply for the Global Study Awards to help you finance your studies. StudyPortals thinks that finances shouldn’t keep you from studying abroad.

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10. Share your experience

Of course your friends and family would be happy if you’d share some of your adventures with them. Is there a better way than using social media to stay in contact? Your social network will blossom and you will not only be able to share your experiences with your friends at home but also with your new fellows. By leaving a review on Stexx.eu about your study abroad experience you can help future students find their way abroad.

After studying abroad, you will feel like you can do anything in life. At StudyPortals, we can all confirm that studying at a foreign university will change your life. Are you ready to make this year one of the highlights of your career? StudyPortals will help you find your dream studies abroad. Simply check out one of our portals and choose from more than 120.000 courses!

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The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.