Education outside of one’s country of origin helps get a foot in the door of the labor market. And companies highly value that their future employees study abroad. Banco Santander is one of them, with ProUni scholarships in the lead
Young people are increasingly study abroad. Leaving your home country, learning about new cultures, other ways of life and acquiring different knowledge…. this is possible thanks to a change of social mindset, the wide offer of student grants, and the ease of transportation and communication.
Four reasons to make the leap
Although some might get vertigo at first, most young people who have had the experience of studying outside their country have come back claiming that it was one of the best decisions of their life. Here are some reasons:
Reasons to decide
Studying abroad makes the mind open and expands the horizons of those who elect to do so. This is repeatedly affirmed by all students who have had the experience. Going abroad makes any prejudices, if previously held, disappear, helps people mature and cope with new situations, and can be seen as a real personal challenge.
Companies value very highly that their employees have gone abroad, have gotten to know new cultures, and avoided a sedentary life. For example, Alice Assis, a Brazilian student who studied Political Science at the University of Salamanca thanks to ProUni, a scholarship funded by Banco Santander in collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Education. In four years, Alice learned Spanish and graduated. Although, of course, it is essential, the young woman made a mark in her personal life. “When you leave your country, you’re out of your comfort zone, you learn a lot about others and learn to accept that there are different ways of thinking and behaving. That makes you grow as an individual. It has given me a much broader vision thanks to having gotten to know people from different countries and teachers of various nationalities. Experience abroad makes you look at the differences in another way, learning to accept and get to know one another,” she says.
The best countries
Language is a big factor to consider, although it is not the only one.
Ways of studying abroad
There are many programs and scholarships that make going abroad easier. It is very important to pay attention to the agreements between universities for the accreditation of courses. Moreover, of course, financial aid is essential.
Should I go home?
Many of those who have the experience of studying abroad decide to stay and not return to their countries. A scholarship often opens the doors to finding a job based on how students move around. And, if you haven’t been lucky, some return years later, when they’re even more prepared.
Although, of course, there are students that take advantage of their stay abroad, make the most of it and return home to put into practice everything they have learned. Alice, for example, is doing an internship at a Brazilian research center and argues that she wants to work “for Brazil”, her country.
“Today, I really want to continue getting to know every part of the world, because this has allowed me to get to know myself. The academic knowledge I have acquired has allowed me to have a broader and more critical view of society.” I dream of enacting public policies in Brazil that develop international education as a form of prosper,” she says