Incorporating an overseas study experience into your degree can have heaps of benefits and can really set yourself apart from the crowd when it comes to starting your career. An international study experience not only distinguishes you as a student of excellence, who is adventurous, open-minded and adaptable but it will also enrich your life personally, academically and professionally, too.
This is a unique opportunity to travel and experience life in a different country while continuing your academic progress. You get to live as the locals do, expand your academic and personal horizons and make treasured life-long memories. But most of all, travelling is a whole lot fun!
Sound like an experience of a lifetime? Here are four more reasons why you should pack your books and bags and study abroad!
Looking at things from another angle allows for new insights. A different academic environment could give you a fresh perspective on your field, reinvigorate an existing interest or open up new ones. As a student that has travelled overseas on a study abroad program, you bring new ideas to the table — something employers look for.
Many employers actively seek graduates with international experience as it demonstrates independence, flexibility and ambition. Overseas study can increase your job prospects at home and abroad. It's the ideal preparation for the global employment market.
Become part of the global community by using your study abroad experience to establish professional contacts from around the world. You never know where these contacts can take you, you may even land your dream job!
There's no better way to learn a new language than to immerse yourself in another culture and living in that country. Being multilingual looks great on your CV and shows employers that you're versatile, mature and an excellent learner. It shows you have an inquisitive mind and that personal development is a priority for you — a great way to stand out to future employers!
Quite simply, an overseas study experience could change your life.
Swinburne student Charlotte on exchange in Milan, Italy.