Misinformation keeps many from even considering studying abroad. Students can mistakenly believe that studying abroad is something they couldn’t or shouldn’t reach. To the contrary, below are some of the most common myths students hold about studying abroad and, more importantly, facts that bust them.
Myth 1. Studying abroad is not for everyone.No matter what your gender, background or interests, studying in a foreign country can benefit you personally, academically and professionally. There are numerous programmes available for studying abroad and if you search, you will most probably find several that suit your needs and interests.
Myth 2. Studying abroad is a waste of time and money.
Some students (or their parents) believe that studying abroad is not really studying. We would argue that it’s quite the opposite. Teaching methods can be different from what you are used to, but that does not make studying less valuable. In addition to the academic brilliance you gain, an important part of learning takes place outside the classroom. You will gain experience you could never get at your home university. The entire experience abroad will change your life as well as employment potential. Speaking about employment potential, even if you do spend more money abroad, consider it an investment into your future that will most probably give you a very high return.
Myth 3. It is easier and just as good to travel once I have a job.
Easier said than done. Once you have a job and responsibilities, you may find it very difficult to get time off from work and you may find yourself in a situation where you will not be able to afford unpaid vacation because you have taken long-term financial responsibilities: a car, rent payments, a mortgage or other family responsibilities. In addition, travelling as a tourist gives you a very different experience from living somewhere as an integrated part of the foreign culture. The two experiences are incomparably different.
Myth 4. I do not have enough money to study abroad.
Studying abroad can cost the same or even less than studying at a university in your home country. UniversityAdmission aims to offer study abroad possibilities that are realistic and achievable. You can find numerous programmes where the tuition fee is fully or partially covered by local authorities or the government. Furthermore, if you would have to move away from your parents to study in your home university and work to cover your accommodation and living costs you would, in many cases, have to work up to 40 hours per week to cover the costs. In some countries you can cover the costs working only 12-15 hours per week, leaving you much more time for studying.
Myth 5. I can only go to study abroad to the UK or U.S. because I don't speak any other foreign languages besides English.This is a common misconception. UnversityAdmission aims to provide study abroad programmes from a variety of countries which offer high-quality education in English. Most popular of them are Denmark and the Netherlands.
There are programs available, where you only need a basic knowledge of the language and which provide you with intensive language courses at the beginning of your stay abroad. You should not let lack of language skills stop you from studying in a particular country. However, the better your language skills are, the faster you will be integrated into your studies.
Myth 6. Only foreign language students study abroad.
Study abroad programs are open for all types of students. In fact, more humanities, social sciences, business, economy, and arts students study abroad than foreign language students. Therefore, aside from acquiring a degree you will also be able to become perfectly fluent in at least 1 foreign language.