Before you plan on traveling overseas for education, it is highly recommended that you evaluate the benefits you will gain during your studies and after graduation. You should consider that you will be living and studying in a foreign country for at least a couple of years; and living by yourself and away from your family is considered by some to be a “downside” of studying abroad. But don’t overlook the amazing benefits and opportunities that you will come across as an international student. Let’s unlock five top study abroad perks:

Your Portfolio Will Stay Unique

Studying abroad will put you in a good position and you will stay ahead of the Indian students who opted to stay in their home country and study at local colleges and universities. Even though you may have had the same junior college or high school qualification as your friends, you chose to take the road less traveled. An international Bachelor’s Degree has global recognition that will demonstrate that you have thrived and succeeded in an endeavor outside of your comfort zone. This will surely make you stand out from the crowd. And in the future, when you choose to pursue a Master’s Degree abroad, an international experience will be one of your most distinguishing experiences and selling points.

Your Language Skills Will Improve

One of the biggest advantages of  studying abroad is that your language skills are almost guaranteed to improve. Even if you are studying in English or another language you already know, your vocabulary will grow immensely while living in a new country. In addition to learning specialty words related to your major, you will learn local slang or lingo, and cultural references. Your accent will also change while abroad, so take that into consideration when deciding where to go study. If you’d like to develop a perfect British accent, for example, you should look into schools in the UK rather than the USA or Canada.

You Will Become More Employable (Even in India)

An international Bachelor’s Degree is gateway to employability prospects abroad. Indian students who wish to return home and seek job opportunities will have them in bounty. Regardless of their country of origin, companies consider international exposure an important factor when making decisions about which applicant to hire. And a Bachelor’s Degree earned abroad will demonstrate to your future employers that you possess a go-getter attitude that helps you achieve success academically and professionally. Moreover, if your study abroad experience has helped you learn a foreign language, your portfolio will certainly stand out from those of other job candidates.

You Can Explore New Activities and Interests

If you choose to study at a local Indian college, even if it happens to be in a different state, you are more likely to experience the same culture with little or no new activities left to explore. However, when you choose to study abroad, you can try new activities and sports that may not even exist in India. For example, you can go on a desert safari in Dubai and have fun dune bashing and trying authentic Arabic cuisine. In England, you can learn about the local tea culture and etiquette. Depending on where you end up studying, your university may also offer exciting extracurricular clubs and classes that will help you broaden your horizons while living in a new country.

You Will Develop a Global Circle of Friends

When you study abroad, you will most likely become friends with people from your host country as well as with international students from all over the world. Indian students can also join clubs, societies, organizations and online portals that connect them with NRI’s living abroad. Student-run clubs, sororities and fraternities are great ways to mix with an international crowd and form connections for life. Before you know it, you will have pals from Argentina, Germany and Australia, and a stack of invitations to visit people in their home countries. It is also very common to find your life partner while studying abroad: a study published by the European Commission revealed that more than one in four Erasmus students have met their life partners during their studies.

If you’re determined to make the next move to study abroad, then contact SchoolApply and we will get in touch with you shortly.

About the Writer: Mirva Lempiäinen is a US-educated freelance journalist from Finland. After calling New York City home for about a decade, she now resides on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.