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7 Career Benefits of Studying Abroad

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Laura Bridgestock

Updated Mar 23, 2021



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Want to make a global impact? Are you hoping to travel while you study, without compromising your education and career?

Read on for simple, straight-talking advice on the perks of international study from EU Business School, a far-reaching business school with campuses in Geneva, Montreux, Barcelona and Munich, and partner universities with exchange opportunities across the world.

1. Build a global network of contacts

The best international universities strive to add value to their offerings, and understand the benefits of a responsive alumni network comprised of supportive, high-impact alumni in executive roles across the globe.

While studying abroad, you’ll build connections through your university – but also via its partner universities. For instance, EU Business School partners with top universities across five continents and gives students the chance to take part in exchange programs and obtain further qualifications from affiliated universities. Discover a full list of EU Business School’s partner universities here.

2. Become a problem solver

By living and studying abroad, you’ll learn to fend for yourself away from home. From registering with a local doctor, to making a meal from scratch without familiar ingredients, or even calling a locksmith in a foreign language if you’ve locked yourself out, you’ll constantly be  forced to take the initiative and solve problems! After this, applying your cool-headed, pragmatic, problem-solving aptitudes in the world of business will be a breeze.

3. Train for international careers

No matter which EU Business School campus you find yourself on, you’ll represent one of the 100+ nationalities around you. Meeting people from all over the world, you’ll actually become smarter, as you encounter regular opportunities to challenge your beliefs and enjoy exposure to an amazing variety of cultures and customs.

On top of that, your course will train you to understand an extensive range of business contexts and needs worldwide, as well as offering you the chance to spend a semester or two somewhere else in the world.

After all this experience, studying abroad will make applying for international jobs much easier. You’ll have so much to talk about!

4. Boost your résumé

Studying abroad is a big résumé-booster, whether you plan to work for an international company or move into a sector such as non-profit, government, international business or finance. Recruiters value the skills and attributes cultivated by studying abroad, including adaptability, resilience and independence, as well as the preparation it provides for working in a multicultural environment.

5. Learn a new language

Languages are in high-demand among recruiters. In 2017, speaking a language such as Spanish, French, German or Mandarin is a huge asset. The good news? EU Business School has campuses in Geneva, Montreux, Barcelona and Munich, and programs in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen.

At EU Business School, 98% of students and staff speak more than two languages. Be one of them! While all courses are taught in English, there will be plenty of opportunity to pick up a new language. If you’re serious about learning a new language, nothing beats being based in the country where it’s spoken.

6. Impress graduate school admissions committees

Looking to pursue an additional qualification somewhere down the line? Completing your undergraduate degree at a reputed university abroad will help you score points with admissions officers. Like employers, academics value the skills developed through studying abroad, and they’ll no doubt be interested to hear about the new perspectives you gained on your subject.

7. Avoid the costs of a gap year  

Taking a gap year to get some travelling done before you start your first job might sound appealing, but there’s a risk you’ll be left behind when you try to enter the employment market. Your desirability as a graduate fades the longer you wait before starting your career. You might find that you need to do a master’s degree or take a short course just to  secure an interview once your gap year is over.

Rather than write off a year of your life and indebt yourself even further, why not kill two birds with one stone by studying abroad? You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the country and wider region during your weekends and between semesters – all the while with a strong support network in place to ensure that you get the most from your time overseas.

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