Studying abroad can be seen as an exciting adventure – normally the student’s view – or as an educational investment in the future – a parent’s perspective. Of course, both statements are true!
By the year 2020, the World Bank estimates that seven million young people will be attending universities outside their home country, and there are a number of good reasons for the growing tide of students applying to higher education institutions abroad.
Let us look at them, in brief.
Young people who study abroad for a month will earn 18 per cent more than their peers in their first job, and this differential only rises the longer they spend studying abroad. A recent study found that Polish students enjoy the highest wage premium from attending university abroad of all the European Union countries, and Goldman Recruitment estimates that their salaries eventually rise to 77 per cent more than those of their friends who chose to go to a Polish university.
Studying abroad significantly improves employment opportunities with both local and foreign companies. In addition, graduates from foreign universities get on the career ladder at a higher level than others in their age group.
The international friendships and networks formed at university will open doors for your child and significantly increase their employment options in a rapidly globalising world economy.
Employers look for cultural competence, good communication skills and rich life experiences. These abilities come from living abroad and studying with people from different backgrounds and traditions, developing flexibility and an international perspective.
Your son or daughter will learn how to manage their own life, how to organise their time and daily responsibilities, how to deal with money, new ideas and meeting people from many backgrounds. Their confidence will grow as they become truly independent and discover how to cope with stress, shopping, deadlines and moments of self-doubt. In short, they will bloom. Their confidence will grow and expand – along with their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Communication and language skills will be greatly improved by studying abroad and, over four years, your son or daughter will gain a linguistic fluency which cannot be learned through self-help textbooks and tutors.
An excellent, modern education
The UK, USA, The Netherlands and Denmark – among others – focus on practical learning, not theoretical cramming for examinations. Your child will put academic theory into practice and have the opportunity to take up industry-supported work placements, a range of internships, exchange programs or even spend a year in another country – for example, working on international engineering or research projects, or polishing their language skills in a native setting. Of course, these types of experiences will also greatly improve their CV’s and make them sought-after employees in a highly competitive job market.
Researchers tend to see young people as “human capital”, something to invest in, while we as parents want our children to be happy, healthy and have an amazing, fulfilling future. Studying abroad ticks both boxes, since it will enrich our children’s lives and develop their abilities, while also giving them all the advantages they need to do well in a cutthroat world.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
See below for Frequently Asked Questions .
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What is the application process for studying in the USA?
Do you have to pass the SAT/Act exams in order to study in the USA?
If necessary what SAT result do I need to get, in order to be accepted to study in the USA?
Which English language examination do I need to pass when applying to study in the USA?
How much will it cost me to study in the USA?
Can I easily get a grant or scholarship when studying in the USA?
How do I apply to study in the UK?
How many courses and universities can I apply to through UCAS?
How long do studies last in the UK?
How many extended subjects must I pass at Matura?
Is the application process for the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge very different?
Which courses and universities require entry examinations?
Which universities require applicants to sit the BMAT examination?
Are there any British universities which do not require applicants to sit the UCAT?
Which British universities require applicants to sit the LNAT?
What are the requirements to study Art and Design?
What is the best language test to take and where?
What is a sandwich year, a placement year, a foundation year and a year abroad?
What is the ideal word count for a personal statement or a reference?
How much does it cost to submit an application to UCAS?
How many years of tuition fees are covered by UK student loans?
As a non-UK resident can I apply for a grant to cover tuition costs in the UK?
Is there another way for EU students to finance their studies in the UK?
Is it possible to get a scholarship while studying in the UK?
What terms apply to repaying tuition fees and grants?
How does the cost of living vary between London and the rest of the UK?
How much does it cost to gain a Master’s degree in the UK?
What is the OPTAGELSE system?
What documents will I need to apply through the system?
Do I need to have permission to stay in Denmark?
What is SU or a CPR number?
What is the application deadline for studying in Denmark?
How does the Danish education system work?
How many courses and universities can I apply to through the OPTAGELSE system?
Do I need to pass a language test?
How much does it cost to study in Denmark?
Is the cost of living high or low in Denmark?
What accommodation options will I find in Denmark?
How many courses can I apply for in Holland?
What are the Universities of Applied Sciences?
How long do courses last in Holland?
Which subjects do I need to have taken at High School to get into a University of Applied Science?
Do Dutch universities require applicants to have passed an English language test?
What is the cost of tuition in Holland?
Is it possible to apply for financial help and how do I go about it?
ELAB clients have accepted places of study at such universities as:
Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard, Bocconi, UCL, King’s College, La Sapienza
University of Rome, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Boston University, Sciences Po, London Business
School, LSE, Delft University, St. Andrews, Melbourne University, Rotterdam Business School and at many, many others.
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