Task2 - Education >> Study Abroad Pros & Cons

"Study Abroad Pros & Cons"

Many people believe that studying abroad is the best way to ensure a successful career.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

The option to study in a foreign country is one being considered by many students around the world, as they move into tertiary institutions. Students and parents have a range of choices in terms of the type of education they commit to. In some cases, young people chose to study abroad, and comparisons are made between local and international universities.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of studying locally is cost. Governments often subsidize the universities in their country which means that undergraduate degree courses are significantly less expensive. By contrast, those studying in a foreign country are full fee paying students. This requires significant financial resources. Further to this, living expenses can be exorbitant in America, Australia and the UK, placing a substantial financial burden on the parents of students who are studying overseas.

A second benefit of being educated locally is that the curriculums of these institutions are designed for the needs and learning styles of local students. For example, a developing country may have a need for more educated medical professionals. Programs of study can then be designed to suit such necessities. Moreover, these courses of study can be sensitive to the learning styles of the local students. It is true that students from differing countries have different approaches to academia, and undergraduate degree programs can complement local learning styles.

However, we live in the age of globalization and a globalized education is greatly beneficial. One facet of our global village is the increasing use of the world language; English. Consequently, a degree acquired in English has substantial advantages. If young people can communicate in English, they often have greater opportunities to participate in the world economy which means that employment is more available to these graduates. As a result, many students are choosing to study abroad; in English speaking countries.

To conclude, in my opinion, both local and international education has advantages. The choice is mostly dependent on financial resources and the ultimate goal of the student which is securing suitable future employment.