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Why I want to study abroad

Are you curious about the reasons you want to study abroad? Would it be helpful to know why other students want to study abroad? We asked Angelo from the Philippines who is currently living in Sweden and is considering studying an international master’s degree to share his reasons for wanting to study abroad.

Why do I want to study abroad? For starters, it was always at the top of my wish-list. While I understand that moving to a foreign country is not an easy feat, my insecurities are often outweighed by the other benefits that I know will come with an overseas education.

1. I will have access to a better form of education .

The high quality of education will always be my main reason why I want to study abroad. While there is no shortage of top universities in my country, the undeniable fact is that they pale compared to their counterparts in the UK or the US. International universities have access to resources that made their education brand so famous in the first place, such as facilities, industrial connections and of course funding.

In short, I just want to learn from the best. Studying abroad at a prestigious university is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity, but it also ensures a better future for me and my career.

2. I experience a completely new and different country.

I believe there is no more exciting privilege in life than being able to discover new places, meet new people, and just surround yourself in traditions and cultures that are very different from your own. Experiencing these and other things is one of the top reasons I want to study abroad. Besides, not everyone is gifted with such an opportunity that makes it even more priceless.

3. I can develop a deep sense of appreciation for my country.

I've been living in Sweden for almost a year now. And while this Scandinavian nation has undoubtedly become my favorite place in the world, living here made me realize just how great my homeland - the Philippines - is in its own unique way.

I find that when people are locked in one place for too long, they lose perspective and only focus on the negatives. But once they start living elsewhere (like me) they will start missing out on the things that made their home country so special, like their culture and people.

Some days I just can't help but want the warmth of the bright, tropical sun.

4. I can learn another language

Another reason I want to study abroad is so that I can add another language to my vocabulary which is always a great confidence booster.

Never in a million years have I thought that I could speak a foreign language other than English. When I finally learned how to read, write, and speak in Swedish, it gave me such a great sense of pride and achievement that my hard work was finally paying off.

5. I can find attractive job opportunities

Studying internationally also gives me the chance to explore the foreign job market, where opportunities are usually more rewarding, career and salary-wise. If I'm lucky, I can take on a role in a reputable multinational company or something that is just as rewarding.

And even if the job search doesn't work out, I could always return home with a very attractive résumé. Local employers value professionals who can bring something new and unique to the table, and a graduate from an international institution is certainly the right choice.

6. I will meet new friends

It has always been a pleasure to make lifelong bonds with people from different countries. With their own unique backgrounds, there is no shortage of fun hours and opportunities to learn more about another country without getting on a plane yourself.

Aside from deep personal relationships, friends are also a great way to establish networking opportunities that may be useful in the future.

7. I will be more responsible

My brief experience of living alone was really humbling, and I imagine it would be even more if I did this in a strange place where everything and everyone is a stranger at first. With no family to make my meals or to save me in times of need, it's the ultimate crash course in how to become a full adult. But as they say, at some point everyone has to learn how to stand alone.

8. I will have the opportunity to create a better future.

Staying in another country opens up a ton of unlimited opportunities outside of education. What if I find a way to settle in a country as beautiful as Denmark? Who wouldn't want to raise a family in a place that is always at the top of the list when it comes to quality of life? The chance for a better future is another incentive why I want to study abroad.

9. I will be more open to life in general

As someone who spent most of his younger days in his own country, I had this initially stubborn belief that the traditions and values ​​I grew up with were absolute. The life of my people is somehow the right way to live.

As I started spending more time abroad, I realized that there is no specific way to live. We all have our own quirks, which is what makes life so interesting and beautiful. It's a valuable lesson that I want to learn more about in the future.

10. I will learn not to take the simple things for granted

Whether it's prepared meals, freshly squeezed clothes, or just a shoulder to lean on, I would imagine that studying and living alone in another country will be my wake-up call to the importance of everyday things in my family) can be.

These are my main reasons why I want to study abroad. While an overseas education can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, it is hard to argue against the physical, intellectual, and emotional benefits one could potentially gain should they choose to do so.

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