Studying abroad is a big and tough decision which you make, this decision might be taken under some influence or by opinions or even with the preconceived notions which you got from your acquaintances or friends, etc. There are many myths and misconceptions connected to studying abroad. These myths and misconceptions differ from person to person and can have an impact on their perception to study abroad.
Myths and Misconceptions About Studying Abroad
It’s too late for me to study abroad
Some people think that it was better if they went abroad to study right after their junior years, thus they conclude that it is late for them to go abroad for further studies. This is merely a misconception as there are so many options in graduate and postgraduate studies that you can take up and continue your studies abroad.
Choose university based on its world ranking
While choosing a university to study, you must look at the course structure. It is important to look for the ranking of the university depending on the subject you are going to study. A university might rank differently on individual course or field of study.
Native or foreign language is a must
English is widely accepted in most of the countries. It is the official language in countries like U.S.A, U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, etc. Even in some other countries, English is the secondary language like in Turkey, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Thailand, etc. Language will not be a problem if you are willing to understand the environment of the country you will be studying in.
Studying abroad means traveling
Studying abroad does not mean traveling and seeing the world. You may or may not get time to travel in or around the city depending on the studies you undertake. Some students think that they will have a lot of leisure time and can use that time to travel around.
Studying abroad is only for international relations majors or related fields
Students who go abroad to study take admissions in varied fields of different core subjects. Some even do specialization in very different field which usually people don’t know about but are relevant and are required in the job market. So thinking that you can’t study abroad in different fields is absolutely wrong.
Studying abroad won’t make a difference to my career
Getting a degree from abroad is helpful in boosting your career aspects. Some companies and organizations give preference to candidates who studied abroad compared to candidates who studied within their country. Studying abroad is also helpful in career as it reflects that you are responsible and capable of taking new challenges and fulfilling the job role responsibilities.
It is better to study abroad after graduation
If you get an opportunity to study abroad after your high school then it is a right decision to make. As you will get exposure to studies and life of a new place at an early age compared to later years. People who study after their graduation are right as well as they gain almost same experience as a person who studies after high school.
Studying abroad is expensive and I can’t afford it
Studying abroad is considered to be expensive by most of the people. But it varies from country to country and from program to program. There are many universities that provide some kind of fee waivers. You can also apply for scholarships and bursaries. alternatively , you can get educational loan or financial aid to pursue higher studies.
My score or grades haven’t been perfect
Having perfect score or grades does is not important in a long term as long as you fulfill the criteria defined by the university or college you are looking forward to study in. In addition to your academic score, some universities in many countries ask candidates to appear for aptitude or standardized tests such as GMAT, GRE, SAT, PSAT, etc. These tests helps you as well as the universities to understand your capabilities in a much easier and better way.
Europe is the only place to study abroad
Including Europe there are many places where you can go for higher studies. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore and more countries offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs for international students.
Shortage of scholarships for studying abroad
If you think that you require a scholarship but there are less opportunities to get scholarship to pursue studies abroad then you’re wrong. Scholarships can be found based on department of education you are willing to take up, by your country, by university and also by awards and grants given by hosting countries. There are multiple scholarships for a single course or department by many organizations and universities.
My parents will not allow me to study abroad
Many students who went to study abroad are first in their family. Talk to your parents about study programs and opportunities that you can get by studying abroad. Take an appointment with a study abroad counselor or a study abroad visa consultancy, this will make them have a better understanding about why studying abroad is a better choice and pathway for you.
Traveling independently offers the same experience
Traveling and studying are two different things, traveling can give you some life experiences but it will not give you the in-depth information on various educational programs. Studying may include traveling sometimes but considering traveling over studying is not a systematic approach to getting education.
Employers don’t consider studying abroad valuable
Studying abroad can give you a better understanding of academic, personal and professional life. This is valued by most of the employers who are looking for a cross-cultural competency, candidates who are interact and collaborate with people from different parts of the world.
Applications in all universities are accepted till May
Admissions and intake depend and may vary from country to country. Most universities around the world are open in the months of January and September. Application deadlines are different depending on some universities as well. It is important to check the yearly calendar or contact the university you are willing to study in for information regarding deadline for an intake.