Contemplating studying abroad? The reasons to go embark on this journey are endless! I will touch on a few of the reasons that were most prominent for me.
#1: You will learn and grow! You will learn through studies, through creating friendships, through travelling, and through so many different situations and events that could be amazing or could be terrifying. You will come back home with unique stories and experiences. You will come back to Canada and feel “ahead of the game”. No matter what happens – you will learn and grow.
#2: This is a cost effective opportunity that you must partake in – you pay the same tuition to complete education in another country! There are many international students that have to pay sky high tuition to study in another part of the world. But at Capilano, the study abroad exchange program makes it more affordable and helps you fully prepare for the experience. The only other expenses are flights, cost of living, and cost of travel which are completely up to your own budget, itinerary, and expectations. One of my peers came to study in the Netherlands with a very low budget and only travelled a short trip to two other countries and he was thoroughly content and so appreciative that he was even able to be there in the first place.
#3: You meet people from all around the world! You will learn so much about culture, food, languages, and customs. The international student group at school stay very connected and you end up spending most of your time establishing amazing relationships with these people. Eventually it is difficult and sad to leave them when you have to come back home. But on the positive side, we are all young and now you have wonderful contacts all over the world for when you decide to go travelling in the future!
#4: Educational experience abroad is a resume plus! Potential employers will likely see this as an advantage. The study abroad experience shows people that you are a confident and global minded individual who understands cross cultural communication and diversity. Especially with trends of the business world becoming more of a global marketplace, this experience of living, travelling, and pursuing education in another country is definitely a gold star on the resume.
Good luck embarking on this magnificent experience of a lifetime!