Thinking globally: How studying across countries, cultures and languages will benefit you and your career.

Finding the best undergraduate programme for you can be a daunting prospect. When it comes to the crunch, which factors should you take into consideration when making your final decision?

Choosing a degree that offers the opportunity to study abroad in one or more countries is a great way to get more from your three years at university. In fact, studying abroad provides numerous personal and professional benefits; ultimately making you a more attractive candidate for companies eager to hire interns and graduates who are flexible, multilingual, and comfortable in a range of situations and settings.

Here are five ways studying abroad can benefit you:

1) Experience Personal Growth.

 Studying abroad removes you from the normal support network that you are accustomed to at home. As you learn to navigate and live comfortably in a different culture, you will become more independent, self-reliant and self-confident. Whether it’s doing your laundry, making a trip to the supermarket or navigating public transport, you will learn to take more responsibility for your actions.

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2) Learn How to Communicate Across Cultures

In our global society, it’s important to possess the skills to communicate across cultures, and this means understanding more than just a different language. Studying abroad and interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds helps you to become familiar with the customs and traditions of others. You may be lucky enough to also experience this through attending a university like ESCP Europe, which has an undergraduate cohort of over 50 different nationalities.

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3) Hone your Language Skills

Studying abroad also gives you the opportunity to learn, improve or master the language of the country you are living in.  In addition to the considerable language practice you will get on a daily basis, some unique university programmes also give you the opportunity to study languages more formally, as part of the curriculum.  The ability to speak two, three or more languages is a key skill for students eager to work abroad or for international companies.

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4) See the World

Of course, one of the top reasons you should consider a programme that allows you to study abroad, is the opportunity to travel and see the world. In fact, on a programme such as the Bachelor in Management (BSc) at ESCP Europe, you will live and study in three different countries in three years. The world truly is your oyster. Make new friends, try new cuisines, experience new customs, visit new landmarks, museums, theatres, bars and restaurants – the list is endless.

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5) Advance your career

 When it comes to interviewing for an internship or graduate job, you will stand out from other candidates with skills that can only be gained through international experience, such as foreign languages and the ability to communicate across cultures. Students that have studied abroad bring diversity and uniqueness to a graduate school or workplace, and their experience shows that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations. Studying in not just one, but two or three countries during your degree will increase your international exposure further and separate you from other applicants.

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Studying abroad is an experience like no other and it may turn out to be a once in a lifetime opportunity – so take it!

To find out more about the Bachelor in Management (BSc) at ESCP Europe, contact us: bachelorlondon@escpeurope.eu

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