Education overseas and the many myths surrounding it

I’m sure I speak for a lot of us when I say that taking the next step in our education is both enticing, as well as terrifying. While there are many compelling reasons to want to take such a decision, the fact remains that it is a rather big decision. We see that repudiated institution name and recognize the prospects and prestige it may offer… but then get bogged down by a ton of worries as what we believe reality hits us like a ton of bricks. But that right there is the ticket, folks. Many of us consider the hardships and realities of education overseas are not as bad as we make them out to be. Quite a number of them are just flat out not true.

That brings us to  article, wherein we try to weed out some of the more prominent myths regarding studying abroad and set the record straight along the way.

I’d like to study abroad, but I’m sure it’s too expensive

This myth, in particular, has no doubt been one of the key factors that brought any plans of studying abroad to a screeching halt. Of course, the main reason is that it might seem to be confirmed on the surface level. What isn’t as widely known, though, is that the expense of studying abroad depends on several factors such as the program in question (For example, is it a law course or an engineering course as well as the subjects they offer), the length of the program (How many years it will take), as well as the location the program (which country or state it is in). There are, of course, some other smaller factors like accommodation (we’ll get to that), and consumables, length, location and program type are the “big three”. Taking this into account, a little research and you are likely to find a course that is within your budget range after all. But that’s not the end of it. Dead set on going to a premium top of the line institution? You still have options. You can apply for grants and student loans for one thing. Moreover, many institutions offer scholarships to help prospective students bridge the gap and afford the college of their dreams.

But I don’t know their native language. Studying abroad is impossible for me     

Another popular dream crusher. The idea of going to a nation where you don’t know their language is bad enough. But having to stay for many years in said country and study have spoken language? Panic inducing. Fear not, though, folks. This, too, is very much a myth.

For one thing, English has become the standard for international education. So, it’spretty likely that your dream institution also teaches in English (Better to err on the side of caution and make sure, of course). The point is that while we certainly recommend you learn the local language of wherever you decide to study, it is by no means a deal-breaker. Unless, of course, you consider English to be a foreign language. Considering you’re reading this article,I assume that’s not an issue.

I’ll be all alone and won’t know anybody 

While not as widespread as the prior myths that we have covered, this one, in particular, is the type to just sit at the back of one’s mind and cause unease. The important thing to remember here is that you wouldn’t be alone even in this feeling of loneliness. After all, any international program would have many souls who left familiar shores seeking their fortunes in an unknown land. You are likely to find that the bonds you form studying abroad can generally be the real, lasting kind. Of course, the advance of technology means that a familiar face is but a click away. While it’s still a daunting choice that one needs to come to terms with, it is once again onto as bad as that dark little corner in your mind is trying to make it out to be.

But I’ll be stuck in a foreign country without any way to ensure proper accommodations

This one is often associated as a package deal with the first myth we tackle. After all, this thought of being so far fraom familiar territory with not much say over where one can see lier all pretty frightening. But yet again, just like with the first myth, you have more options than you think. It’s just a matter of having to seek it out. Many study programs have several members of different accommodation styles, such as dormitories, apartments, or staying with a host family. There are, of course, positives and negatives regardless of what option you choose, but it boils down to a matter of personal preference. Want more privacy and flexibility? The apartment is for you. Want to have a more social experience with your fellow students? The dorm system is right up your alley. Or you could get a roommate in an apartment. Staying with a host family can let you experience the cultural and daily differences in living overseas. The point is that while you may think that your stay abroad would be very chaotic, more often than not, there are programs and systems in place to help you out.

My safety is at risk studying abroad

Another one of those little thoughts keepsnagging at the back of our heads, causing apprehension. Once again, this one has a small kernel of truth. The world doesn’t guarantee safety, and the fear of the unknown on top of that only makes it worse. What’s important to keep in mind, though, is that any study program worth its salt offers the assurance of safety and security within their domains. Simply put, the dangers at home are the same you will find anywhere else. As long as you keep your wits about you and think before you act, you should find that everything will be fine.

The major I wanted isn’t available abroad

While it might feel that way on a preliminary look, the reality of things, folks, is that the world is enormous. While you may need to put in a little more effort in research, it is almost sure that you will find the course you desire. Whether you want to major in a single subject, branch out more, or pursue a combination of issues, believe me, folks, there is a program for you.

Most employers don’t value foreign experience

This one is a personal favourite, seeing as it’s a myth on two extremes. On the one hand, people believe that employers do not value foreign experience or degrees. On the other hand, is the faction of people who are convinced that employers care about nothing but that you studied abroad. The truth, of course,e is correct in the middle. Most employers consider foreign experience, but it is hardly the only factor they consider.

The pandemic makes considering a degree abroad far too risky

This one has to be the most current myth and worry by far. The pandemic did, after all, completely blindside us and confine us to our homes for the better part of a year. That said, though, the pandemic has been with us for around two years now. In that time, most universities have brought about policies and restrictions to adapt to the situation. The pandemic has caused many universities to offer their courses online. So, if that’s something that you can get behind, the option is certainly available.

Well, there you have it, folks. We hope that this article has eased some of your concerns about studying abroad. That said, we can understand that the prospect of researching the globe for that one program you want to take up can be rather stressful. And sure, the overall process is complicated. Fortunately, this, too, has a solution.

Overseas consultancies such as counsellors do an excellent job of getting prospective students in the know about everything they need to keep in mind while considering their preferred course abroad. Whether it be finding the right program, ensuring you have the required criteria or the visa formalities, they will endeavour to make the whole process as streamlined as possible to help you choose the best course for you.

And that’s all we have for you today, folks. Once again, we hope that this article has been at least a little informative and dispelled some of the myths regarding overseas education. We wish you both success and glory in your chosen field. Good luck.