Moving to a new country to pursue your education, particularly masters can be a decision that will give you and your parents a lot of sleepless nights. It is not just the plain thought of moving away from home but various other factors such as cost, safety, value of your degree, employment prospects, return on investment etc that can eventually lead you to swing a lot before making the final decision. Given below are a few standard myths about studying abroad that have been debunked-
IT WILL COST YOU A LOT-
Studying in a country where education is a highly regarded and invested upon segment, it is understood that the cost of education will be high too, specifically keeping the quality in mind. What can further daunt you is the cost for international students, which is always higher. But, there are always options that will help you keep your finances in control and won’t lead you towards the pit of student debt. Particularly countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand that offer supremely good quality education at standards that match those of US and UK, which are amongst the most expensive study destinations. There are various other options such as scholarships, assistantships and fellowships that can further assist a student in financing the education. They are primarily awarded on the basis of merit but various other factors are considered as well, depending upon the country, university and the course.
Almost all the countries require an English language proficiency proof since English is the most commonly spoken language in the world. The medium of teaching is specified along with the course requirements; therefore, education won’t really be a problem. But one must choose the country on the basis of the language spoken and ensure he/she is fluent in the same.
EMPLOYERS WON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR INTERNATIONAL DEGREE-
In today’s world a lot of employers give value to international exposure, considering a person with a holistic viewpoint is preferred more over someone who has stayed in the same place. An international degree means a completely different part of life that has been spent in a different environment and out of one’s comfort zone, thereby ensuring that one has overcome difficulties and is immune to the inhibition that comes with change, a quality that is highly regarded.
IT IS HARD TO MAKE FRIENDS IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY-
People often find it difficult to adjust with new people from various parts of the world, primarily due to cultural differences, but an international degree means staying and studying with various other international students. Within no time and a little effort, one can easily make friends from various communities and even universities keep organizing various orientation activities and sessions to keep the student body active and together. It will give you friendships of a lifetime and memories worth remembering.