Choosing to study abroad is a big deal!
Not only can the experience help you make new friends and develop your language skills in addition to your educational learnings, but it also gives you an appreciation and understanding of different cultures, and can help broaden your employability prospects.
Develop your language skills
While many people choose to study internationally in countries that primarily speak their own native language, a large proportion of students take up the challenge of developing new language skills in addition to their studies. After all, there is no better way to learn a new language than to immerse yourself in it completely – and vice versa.
It is amazing the number of students that the StudyPerth team speak to who say they arrived in Perth without being able to speak English (or ‘Australian English’, as our national ‘language’ is affectionately known), and are able to speak English comfortably – even fluently – after just a few months.
As of January 2019, almost 13 per cent of Western Australia’s year-to-date enrolments were in the ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students).
Making new friends and developing new interests
With your new language skills, you are also more likely to strike up conversations with locals in your new home, and even make friends.
These new friends can help you with your studies, introduce you to activities and venues around your city, help you develop new interests, and can even be a source of comfort if you are feeling homesick.
Perth is often ranked as one of the most-friendly cities in the world. We regularly hear stories about the strength of friendships made while studying abroad, many of which turn into lifelong friendships. So, what are you waiting for? Start a conversation with some people in your course today!
See the world and learn about new cultures
Of course, studying abroad is a great way to see the world and learn about cultures different to your own.
Perth is a highly multi-cultural city; we cater for people of all faiths, have lots of different food options for people wanting a taste of home, and celebrate cultural diversity through different events across the year.
Studying abroad provides many significant personal development opportunities, and is a big test in self-reliance. After studying in another country and gaining that independence, you are more likely to rely on yourself and take more personal responsibility.
A large proportion of international students are aged 25 years or under, and the experience of studying abroad is a great leap into adulthood for many people. It might be tough initially, but we promise it will all be worth it.
Finally, studying abroad helps you to understand more about yourself. By immersing yourself into a new environment, it will help you figure out what you are good at (and not so good at), and the things you enjoy doing.
Employability and career opportunities
International experience provided by studying abroad is often looked on favorably by employers, as it shows independence and strength of character – traits that employers increasingly value in today’s globalised and well-connected world.
On the back of the personal development mentioned above, many employers also look for related skills and working styles. For example, a job selection criteria is a requirement to be able to work independently and be a ‘self-starter’ (meaning, you are motivated to generate your own work outside of your standard tasks). Studying abroad certainly gives you experience in being independent and learning to rely on yourself to achieve outcomes.
Quite often, international students finish their learning journey with an increased sense of appreciation – of their family, friends and home country, and, of course, the people and experiences they enjoyed in the place they chose to study. The memories of a study abroad experience often stay with students long after they complete their studies or return home.
These are just some of the reasons why you should consider studying abroad – and we hope you choose Perth on your study journey!
Want to know what international students love most about life in Perth? Visit our Student Stories webpage and read about real students’ journeys.