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8 ways studying abroad can benefit your career: Image: Supplied

8 ways studying abroad can benefit your career

Studying abroad combines education with global exploration, offering a valuable opportunity for personal and career development. Consider these compelling reasons.

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8 ways studying abroad can benefit your career: Image: Supplied

So, you have finished Matric and you want to study further. Studying abroad is a great way to mix getting an education with exploring the world around you. It’s daunting to consider, which is why we’re giving you a few reasons why it’s a great option for your personal growth and career.

What exactly is studying abroad?

Universities and colleges have spaces for foreign students who wish to study at their institutions. The course duration can vary from just a semester abroad to an undergraduate degree or even a postgraduate degree. Students are given the same education offered to locals while visiting the country and experiencing it firsthand. While some countries have high education costs, others offer tertiary education at affordable fees.

This still doesn’t answer the question: why study abroad and not at home with family and friends? Here are eight reasons why studying abroad can improve your future career and help you grow as a person.

How studying abroad improves your job prospects

Show employers a range of valuable business skills

Studying abroad places you in new situations that would not be experienced while studying in your home country. This unfamiliar environment will make you think in ways you have never done before. You will be required to solve problems you would not encounter on a regular basis.

Overcoming a complex and stressful situation, such as relocating to an unknown country, shows employers adaptability skills. Studying overseas also showcases a range of communication skills where you were still able to succeed while overcoming cultural or language barriers. Showcasing your knowledge of being a global citizen lets employers know you can handle possible future international business opportunities.

Networking and building relationships with fellow students

You will meet a variety of different people with cultures you may have never known about. Yes, they will become some of your closest friends, but they may also help you in your career.

When you look for a new employment opportunity, your old friend from university can point you to careers you might have never heard about. There may come a day when they know of a position that would suit you perfectly. The same may apply for them one day when you become their source for great employment opportunities. Studying abroad allows you to build and to nurture a wide-reaching global network.

Learn a new language when studying abroad

Whether you consider this a personal or professional benefit is up to you. What can be said for sure is that having a foreign language on your CV is attractive to future employers. Learning the language first hand is often better than from a classroom. You also learn local slang and conversational language as spoken by locals and not textbooks.

Speaking native language opens career pathways in countries that speak that language as a first language. It also helps companies working in those markets to communicate with potential work partners, with you being the perfect intermediate.

Quality education from studying abroad

You know how some schools are known for specific courses by students all around the world? Some universities and colleges have world-renowned quality education in certain disciplines that you would not get in your home country. Studying abroad gives you more options for which institutions can give you the best education for your desired degree or in a degree not offered anywhere else. It looks great on your CV to have the highest possible level of education in your field. These universities also have state-of-the-art facilities which give you hands-on experience before graduating.

How studying abroad can help you grow as a person

A possible route to immigration

One of the main reasons many students choose to study abroad is the possibility that it could open the door to immigration in the future. Many countries have graduate visas for international students who have studied in their countries. These visas allow you to find work in your field and spend more time in the country. While these visas don’t usually lead to residency, you could potentially switch to a work visa where you could qualify for residency.

Studying abroad teaches you valuable life skills

We discussed how showing adaptability can be attractive to employers, but it is also a great life skill to have. Studying abroad helps you develop many skills that will help in the future. This includes travelling on your own, exploring unknown destinations, and problem-solving. This will also give you a sense of maturity and accomplishment, knowing you have undertaken and successfully completed an intimidating yet rewarding task.

Experiencing different cultures in a foreign country

As with learning new languages, studying abroad provides the opportunity to meet people with vastly different cultures. This range of new people can teach you so much about the world and our intercontinental neighbours. The benefits from meeting such a diverse group of people includes an enhanced respect for the global community, understanding global issues, and learning new perspectives. On the other hand, you will also gain valuable insights as to how people view you and your culture. 

 Meet new friends while studying abroad

Some of the friends you make at university can be by your side for the rest of your life. Studying abroad introduces you to people you would never have met in your home country. Plus, overcoming potential cultural barriers is a great skill to have for meeting people in the future. With the improvements to communication arising from the internet and social media, remaining close to friends is easier than ever.

 This is just the tip of the iceberg explaining why studying abroad is so rewarding. There are so many great places to explore while studying towards your dream career. Do your research and find the best degree and country to make these years of your life even more exciting. Once you narrow down some degree options in countries that intrigue you, everything will fall into place and you’ll be studying abroad in no time.

Are you interested in your study abroad options and maybe need more information? Sable International is hosting their annual Study Abroad Expo from 15 – 23 February 2024. in Lusaka, Harare, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

To register, you can visit the Study Abroad expo page where you can find more information and the schedule. Many UK universities will be in attendance, and it is the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss your options and costs.

Alternatively, get in touch with an international study adviser at or by calling +27 (0) 21 657 1543 (Cape Town) or +27 81 710 0460 (WhatsApp)

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