This is the 2nd part of a 2-part series of the article “Myth or Fact? Top 12 Misconceptions On Overseas Studies”. The 1st part can be found here.
Myth No. 7 – Juniors Are Only Eligible For Studying Abroad
Studying abroad has no age limits or time restrictions. This means that for those that are undergraduates or those that have long since completed higher learning avenues, the programs remain just as open to you as they do to juniors.
Freshmen and sophomore college students are becoming frequent users of this program, as many community college options are providing programs for both these students as well as recent graduates.
Myth No. 8 – These Ventures Are Unsafe
There are no doubts that the world isn’t always a safe and welcoming place. This should not have any bearing on the study abroad programs that you consider.
It can be dangerous walking out of your front door in the morning where you live, so it is no less safe to consider rewarding educational opportunities.
Myth No. 9 – Studying Abroad Is Only For International Relations or Secondary Language Majors
Any course or major can benefit from a new outlook or perspective. While in the past the bulk of study abroad students did primarily come from language majors and humanities, this is starting to change rather quickly.
Now the field is being leveled out with majors from many social sciences, business, math, engineering and more.
Myth No. 10 – There Are Little Scholarships Available
It is commonly believed that you would have to foot the bill entirely for your studying abroad out-of-pocket because scholarships are rarely made available.
Take advantage of a plentiful supply of available scholarships based on varying criteria. Finding the requirements and deadlines can be done through a simple internet search.
Myth No. 11 – Employers Do Not See The Merit of an International Degree
No employer is going to disregard someone who has more cultural experience and an understanding of a second language. This is a coveted trait for the business world. Just adding this experience to your resume might not be enough to garner the right attention, though.
It is much better to talk about this time and the skills that you were able to develop from your time abroad. Tie this all in with how these developed skills could benefit you in the field of work you are applying for.
Myth No. 12 – You need to know and speak the native language
Although it’s true that there may be language pre-requisites for some courses, most of them do not have such requirements. Most coursework is conducted in English which is the standard in international education today.
More ever, an overseas study is a good opportunity to get adventurous and pick up social and independence skills for many young students. Not knowing the native language should not deter you – most international students adapt well to their new environment in no time, with support from their peers and institution.