Studying abroad is an act whereby students move to different countries other than their own to pursue education opportunities. Education of this form can be primary, secondary or tertiary levels. Education has taken tremendous leaps over the years. It has experienced significant changes and advancements. Because of these changes, many people are increasingly becoming educated. Education has also reached the far corners of the world and more people are attaining it. In the present day, countries strive to become more and more developed. For this reason there is an increasing need for better education. Societies with advanced education systems and many educated people attain growth and development rapidly. For this reason, people seek education in foreign countries. Studying abroad has increasingly become a trend in the present day as people seek better education. The number of people studying abroad is higher than any other time in the past (Tham 656). Some people, however, prefer to study in their home countries instead of studying abroad. With that, the act has become an issue of discussion and this paper seeks to broadly look into the topic of studying abroad.
The idea behind studying abroad is that the academic disciplines and subjects that people seek to pursue abroad are advanced in the foreign developed countries. Studying abroad provides a broader view on a discipline. Countries have different practices in different fields. This translates to different ways of teaching on a subject. Exposure to foreign teaching increases one’s knowledge in a discipline and also expands one’s outlook and understanding of a subject. For instance, it is perceived that education in developed countries such as America and Britain is of good quality and reputation. Studying in such countries provides a good qualification to advance academically or work in any country in the world. Studying abroad provides a new and different approach to education. For example, group presentations and practical exercises involve everyone in a study and build on student understanding, confidence and cooperation.
It is said that education in the west provides practicability and prepares people to educate themselves in life. Studying abroad goes beyond academic fulfillment. It exposes people to a different worldviews altogether. People learn many things in different countries. Studying abroad exposes people to different cultures. It teaches about different cultural practices such as rites, rituals and relations. It helps people appreciate these different cultures, as well. It also educates about different ways of living for example the foods people eat and pass-time activities in which they involve themselves. Studying abroad also helps to promote inter-cultural relations and communications (Deardorff 253). It also helps people learn different languages.
Another merit for studying abroad is that it enriches someone with knowledge and...