Considering Studying Abroad? We Have 10 Reasons To Convince You To Head To Europe
Remember when a bachelor's degree was all that was needed to land a more-than-decent job? Times have changed.
These days, international exposure in professional settings is becoming more and more important in being considered a truly competitive, well-rounded professional. The possibility of a college diploma becoming the new basic prerequisite is looming over the horizon, and in order to set oneself apart from the crowd, investing in a global foundation is crucial.
For Filipinos wishing to get a headstart on this (or for experienced professionals looking to re-invigorate their careers), heed the advice to head to Europe. The continent's approach to education is unlike any other, and will truly be of value to those who experience it.
To convince you to head to the multi-cultural destination for academic experience, here are 10 reasons for why Europe is the best place to go to for further studies:
European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen describes that a Eurpean education “allows one to gain a different perspective, which can be incredibly useful especially for the Filipino youth" | In photo: IE Business School in Spain
1. Get a bang for your buck.
It's a misconception to think that a European education is expensive and difficult to finance, especially for international students like Filipinos. The reality is that many European countries home to some of the world's top academic intitutions have scholarships and programs specially designed for international students, making quality education incredibly accessible.
2. Experience diversity.
Studying abroad isn't simply all about the academic value; developing broadened perspectives, opening one's mind to different opinions, and learning to appreciate different cultures are part and parcel of the experience. One doesn't simply finish school with an international degree—you become a citizen of the world.
3. Learning never stops.
If you're the type to excel in school and wish to pass on your knowledge to others, Europe is the place for you. It has a well-established culture of research that allows its places of learning to continuously develop and adopt new practices based on fresh findings. International researchers are very much welcome to contribute to this process.
The European Union is actively looking to attract an additional 1 million researchers over the next decade. | In photo: International Business School in Denmark
4. Make meaningful connections.
Because of Europe's instrinsically diverse communities, international students need not worry about feeling out of place or finding difficulty in settling in. Universities and other places of learning foster tightknit communities with members of different backgrounds and organize many activities where students can make meaningful connections.
5. Get the best of the best.
Overall, Europe is where you'll find some of the best in the academe: top lecturers with firsthand experiences in their fields, advanced facilities that provide hands-on learning, dedication to research, and a school culture that emphasizes creativity and innnovation are all here.
6. Pick up new languages.
Hola, Bonjour, Ciao! Alongside learning the ins and outs of one's chosen course or major is picking up a new language. Whether done so formally in the classroom or informally over everyday interactions with locals, learning a second language will prove essential in building one's global identity. Of course, it's also worth noting that most Europeans speak English fluently, too, making communication a breeze.
7. Impress employers.
As mentioned, employers today acknowledge the value of international exposure. They've come to realize that members of their teams who have studied simply have an edge over those who haven't ventured that far out into the world, and more often than not, stand out from other applicants.
Simply put, many of the world’s best universities are in Europe. | In photo: Mendel University, Brno in Czech Republic
8. Get easy access to different European countries.
Lest we forget that studying in Europe isn't just about school, allow us to remind you about an extremely important aspect about the experience: the ease of traveling around the continent! Remember that most of Europe is landlocked; traveling via train or bus make it extremely convenient to visit different countries over a break or a long weekend.
9. Worry about Visas no more.
In relation to the ease of traveling due to European countries' proximity to each other is the fact that many of them allow international travelers to use a single Schengen visa. The visa lets you visit 26 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
10. Have purposeful travel experiences.
Last but not least, traveling in Europe as a student is often not done just for pleasure; it comes with its fair share of learning experiences and cultural immersions. There are simply lessons that can only be learned outside of the classroom, and a European education affords that, exactly.