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Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Nowadays, education overseas has become more accessible and growing numbers of people send their offspring to study in other countries. What can be advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad?

by Ruzanna S.  (obtained Overall Score 8.0 in IELTS General  with 7.0 in Writing, December, 2017)

It is true that obtaining degrees or diplomas in foreign countries has its benefits and drawbacks, which will be discussed in this essay and a conclusion on whether this tendency is advantageous or negative will be made.

From the one point of view, studying abroad is beneficial experience because it broadens career opportunities. A possibility to pursue education in any country that one wishes gives an opportunity to choose the best educational institution in a specific discipline, to obtain the most recognizable degrees which will be competitive at job markets. In addition, while studying and living out of a home country, a student can make many acquaintances who can possibly help them to find a more decent and desirable job in the future.

Moreover, studying in a different country leads to a personal development. Moving from one place to another can be stressful. People face many problems such as a language barrier, lack of communication with family and friends, so they can become anxious. Struggling in order to overcome these challenges influences personality in a positive way, increases personal strength and independence. For instance, conquering the fear of speaking in a foreign language, one not only develops language skills but also becomes a more confident and stronger individual.

On the other hand, living distantly from one’s native environment can be stressful. In some cases, missing family and friends can play a crucial role in failing to adapt to a country that a student moved to. Some people can not become used to any culture, people and language, which can lead to psychological issues and affect negatively their academic achievements.

In conclusion, although there are some negative points of studying abroad, on the whole the trend is rewarding.

(288 words)

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