It can be daunting to think about leaving your friends and family behind in pursuit of an international degree. But pursuing any form of education at a university outside your home country has notable perks – especially when you’ve spent several years abroad. For starters, it can broaden your understanding of international art and culture, spark globe-spanning friendships, and equip you with a new ‘lens’ for looking at the world.

As you evaluate the many opportunities on the table and navigate the best path for you, here are three key reasons why you should consider earning your Bachelor’s degree abroad.

Global Reputation

While your local university might have options that match your desired area of study, the vast majority of the most prestigious universities – along with the top programs – are located abroad. Foreign universities in countries such as the US, UK, Canada, UAE, and Ireland are well-known for their notable reputation and great education. In fact, the top 20 Global Universities are all located in the US, the UK, and Canada. Furthermore, according to Times Higher Education, most of the world’s top ranking universities for employability are also in the US, the UK, and Canada.

With far fewer top universities located in India, Nigeria, South Africa, and the Middle East, an investment in an international Bachelor’s degree could be the smartest move you make for your future – and give you a steep competitive advantage if you decide to pursue a professional career abroad.

Career Opportunities

Speaking of your career, as an international student enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have access to work-study engagements and internships – and you shouldn’t pass it up.

Consider this: all of Forbes’ twelve highest-recommended internships have opportunities in the US. Knowing that 61 percent of students who had an internship in the US also had a job offer by the end of their senior year, the message is clear: good internships lead to great jobs, and the best opportunities start abroad.

While abroad, be sure to ask about the internship and work-study programs your school can connect you to and to take full advantage of the school’s career services. Engaging in these supplemental openings does more than just add a nice resume line item; it also proves to future employers that you’re not afraid to take initiative.

Personal Connections, Career-long Partnerships

One of the best aspects of studying abroad is establishing strong relationships through new, shared experiences. Our college friends often turn out to be lifelong friends, future business partners, successful colleagues, and more – all adding to your network of professional contacts to help you navigate the job market. In fact, according to a recent study, over forty percent of current employees in the US found their job through a personal connection.

If you are worried about how you will make friends abroad – don’t be. Joining in on your new school’s club scene is one of the best ways to make connections, especially in organisations that span across the globe. For instance, the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta has chapters all over the world. Connecting to other chapters can open doors to careers and opportunities that would not be available to you if you decided to attend your local university.

Explore your new university’s clubs, societies, and activities to learn more about the local culture. Also be sure to take advantage of any opportunities to travel for conferences and events.

Finding the perfect Bachelor's program for you is easier than ever. Whether it be the US, UK, UAE, Canada or elsewhere, SchoolApply can help match you with the school and program that fits your personal needs. Compare costs, read informational pieces from other travelers, and get excited for what is to come!