Ever felt like it’s time to explore the world out there? Want to feel what it’s like to live in a different land? Thinking about testing your talents in a totally different environment?
Studying abroad – whether for your undergraduate or masters degree or even for short professional programs – can help you achieve all that.
Sure, it can be tough and it can be scary to strike out on your own so far away from home, but Edukasyon.ph is here to help you find out how to best make the leap. From tips on choosing the right international program, finding scholarships or self-funding, surviving the visa process to figuring out what to pack, Edukasyon.ph can help prepare you for your very own Study Abroad adventure.
But first – why even consider studying abroad in the first place?
1) See the World
Travel can be expensive, and sometimes even a three-day weekend to an exotic place just doesn’t cut it. Living abroad while you study can be an excellent way for you to cover a great number of places in a relatively short time.
2) Upgrade Your Career
A foreign degree can give you the edge you need to beat out other applicants in today’s competitive job market, and it could net you a higher salary, too. Developing your skills abroad is definitely an exceptional way of testing your talents.
3) Learn New Things
Variety is the spice of life, they say, but so is novelty. Living abroad can teach you how to do so many new things – speaking a new language, understanding a different political system and economic environment, trying out weird-looking but definitely delicious food, discovering how to make friends from other cultures – that can enrich your life in so many ways.
And the learning doesn’t stop when you get home.
4) Join a Multicultural Community
This is why achieving world peace can be so hard – if roommates of different nationalities can’t even agree on what to cook for dinner, how in the world can peace treaties ever get signed?! But learning how to interact with people from different cultures isn’t just about conflict resolution: it can also be about discovering kindred spirits – maybe even on that spine-tingling “brother from a different mother” level – who just happen to come from places thousands of miles away.
5) Be Independent
No joke – living abroad can be tough, not to mention lonely if you don’t have other Pinoys around. From the minute you exit the plane, you’ll probably have to fend for yourself in terms of transportation and housing. Even simple tasks like cooking and cleaning can be challenging in an environment wildly different from your own.
But it’s a significant achievement to be able to learn the life skills – independence, creativity, resourcefulness – required to make a life for yourself in a foreign land, and those are qualities you’ll likely never lose.
6) Know Yourself
Without your culture telling you how to behave, who are you, really? Living abroad is a great way to discover who you really are and what you truly believe in – once you return, the challenge is remaining true to that.
7) Give Back
Giving back (teaching, volunteering, etc.) when you return home is a noble way of helping develop the country further. And you don’t have to wait until you finish your studies to make the Philippines proud: you can start by excelling as a student and winning prizes, as well as by setting up Filipino associations and organizing cultural events in your institution.
Want to learn more about studying abroad on Edukasyon.ph? Stay tuned!
When not cooking up fun ways to get Pinoy students to make the leap and study abroad as Edukasyon.ph’s Overseas and Professional Education Coordinator, Emille Dela Cruz likes to curl up with a cup of coffee and read all day. For her, getting to live the life of a different culture (French, in her case) is one of the best parts about studying abroad.
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