What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad?

Moving out of one’s comfort zone improves one’s communication and language skills, in addition to the vocabulary one will develop.
This could also be a plus point in your job profile as international exposure is an important factor while hiring. This could have a good impact on one’s employability. Studying abroad can also help one explore new possibilities and indulge in new activities. One could try new sports, arts and activities and expand their horizons. Another advantage is the connections one can acquire with people from other countries. Students can enrol in clubs, societies, organizations and online portals that connect them with Non-Resident Indians living abroad.

Here are a few points worth considering while making such a life changing choice.

The advantages are:

1. For people who like to wing it, studying abroad can be a preferable choice as it gives a broader perspective on life.

2. This also improves one’s communication and language skills, in addition to the vocabulary one will develop. This could also be a plus point in your job profile as international exposure is an important factor while hiring. This could have a good impact on one’s employability.

3. It helps one broaden your mind and experience new cultures and give an insight on one’s own culture.

4. Indian institutes only focus on rendering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. Students who wish to take up other courses are not left with much choice as there are no institutions in India that have the expertise or accreditation to render the course. But these courses like entertainment, sports and psychology can be easily taken up in a foreign university. However, the STEM fields are rising in popularity and they too can be pursued from top notch universities abroad.

5. It is a fancy add-on on your job profile and might prove that independence, initiative, and resilience are some of the qualities that you possess.

The disadvantages are:

1. Language barrier can be a real problem often given that you have no experience in their native language. You might need a proper educational course if you are to speak familiarly in it.

2. There might be social and psychological differences in how people relate to each other and behave and this may cause a culture shock.

3. Increased costs like expense of your education and with everyday living might prevent you from enjoying the life. Language barrier could also inhibit the chance of getting part time jobs.