Studying abroad provides career advantages in any professional field to the students who decide to study in an international environment in comparison to those who don’t. It won’t be a coincidence that in the near future these students become the next leaders of the future. These students right now are just beginning or continuing their education in an international study environment, obtaining a wider knowledge about the different cultures of the world and learning how the international business dynamic works.
We live in a huge world, and this is why I couldn’t agree more with the following famous saying “Those who don’t travel only read one page”. Those who only interact in their usual environment, those who remain in their comfort zone or those who doesn’t travel, those are the ones who are only seeing one side of the coin. But then, what about the other side?
Studying in an international environment offers real and unique benefits to students, not only in their professional development, but in their development as a human being. If you are a student currently considering if studying abroad or not; below we listed some of the benefits of experiencing an international study environment:
Become aware of different cultures do things differently
Cultural Awareness is the foundation of communication. Cultural awareness becomes central when we have to interact with people from other cultures. People see, interpret and evaluate things in a different ways. What is considered an appropriate behavior in one culture is frequently inappropriate in another one.
Learn to work in a multi-cultural team
Multicultural teams often generate frustrating management dilemmas. Cultural differences can create substantial obstacles to effective teamwork. Studying in an international environment can help you to understand the habits of some professionals from different countries and to learn how to deal with some misunderstanding that can appear in time while working with somebody from a different country than yours.
Understand cultural diversity
With such a diversity of different people in the world, with different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs, studying in an International environment can be really helpful to understand a different culture from your own. It can be very easy to just stick with what you know and not try to meet people who are different to you. However, trying to understand cultural differences can open you up to a whole lot of new and exciting experiences.
Those who speak more than one language have a greater chance of succeeding in business. In an increasingly globalized economy, learning languages is definitely advantageous for corporate success.The benefits of effective communication across multiple languages have long been known by the international business community as an indispensable tool for relationship building and financial success.
Become more flexible
A student or a professional who have studied abroad shows that he’s flexible. There was bound to be some mistakes and mishaps that happened to them while they were abroad– canceled flights, lost baggage, hostels that double booked. It may have been a really bad situation at the time, but eventually they got through it and figured out how to still have a good time.
Become more creative, interesting and smarter
A recently research shows that experiences in other countries makes us more creative and complex thinkers, and you may be professionally more successful as a result. People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity; also, are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.