Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad
Many dream about studying abroad because of the bright future prospect it offers. Overseas students wish to improve their English, feel excited for meeting people from all over the world, for travelling to the other side of the globe, and pride themselves on high paying, well respected jobs every time they think of what they will be doing after graduation. However, it's only one side of the picture wherein all the difficulties thousands of students are facing are ignored or covered intentionally. Hence, I'm writing this to address the issue. More specifically, I will be listing the disadvantages of studying abroad in this article.
Some might consider the following discussed points as challenges which every student has to go through. Whatever your viewpoint or your taste, these are overlooked perspectives which could be taken for granted at the time you are deciding to study abroad. This article is therefore also to assist you in making up such a decision.
1# Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad: Doubts On Language ImprovementThis is perhaps the most mistaken myth for international students. Basically, everyone expects for improvements in his English skills after coming to Australia. However, this doesn't come naturally without huge efforts. There are two factors contributing to such an improvement. One is the effort a student puts into his English study. I'm emphasizing on the English study not your Bachelor or Master courses here. Many think their English can be improved by only focusing on their majors. This reasoning is to some extent wrong because university lecturers only care about how much you understand their subjects. If you ever make mistakes in your speaking or writing, as long as they can get what you mean, your assignments will get high marks. Have you ever communicated with foreigners in your language? Even though their sentences can be improperly constructed, you can still work out what they want to convey from the context. Likewise, your lecturers will try to guess what you want to say because they also try to be helpful, polite and not to make you feel embarrassed.
Secondly, your language improvement can be heavily attributable to your surroundings. How much sociable are you? Actively making conversations can help you boost your spoken English. Yet it's also dependent upon your partners. Only practicing English with people from your own country will not help in the long term. However, it's also a challenge to have local friends whose English is obviously way better than yours. But is it "I'm studying in Australia. I will have many Oz friends in my class"? Not really. I'm not saying NO but MAYBE. Mostly, you will find students from other countries such as China, India, Vietnam. Roughly there are 2-3 Oz students out of 18-20 people. If you have group work, you have only 1/15 probability of having an Oz friend in your group. Interestingly, you might find yourself communicating with the other group members via emails in most cases since their timetables can be vastly different, you have to go to work, they also have to go to work. There are many reasons for that.
2# Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad: I'm A WinnerAn old school of thought says that Asian students usually score at the top of their class in a Western country. This seems to have a very sounding academic reason. People believe Western kids pay very little attention to Maths, Physics whereas Asian kids are trained rigorously every day with those subjects. Hence, it seems to be obvious that Asian students would easily get very high scores in class. This is no longer applicable in higher education. International students normally go abroad for postgraduate education wherein pure Maths and Physics are not the main focus. Students at this level are expected to demonstrate their ability in self study, research, reasoning, group work and even leadership throughout class presentations and group discussions. With regards to those skills, Asian students mostly are not well prepared because of commonly used teaching methods in their respective countries. Yet it would be very different for everyone's experience.
Some can come up and refute this point with their profound academic profiles but there are many students feeling disappointed with their academic achievements who used to think it could be much easier. As a result, those students are to some extent losing time and money here with their Master degrees which are very likely to be of no use when they go back their countries.
3# Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad: Can You Make The MostStudying abroad is not only about getting the benefits of advanced education programs in Australia or wherever you are but also about getting to know the culture of the host country, to experience living in different places and to see what you haven't seen in your country. Some argue they only want to finish their degrees and then go back their country of origin. Travelling is not their hobbies but getting a good qualification for a better and well paid job is their ambition.
It's your choice of living which I can't say right or wrong. Just from my perspective, you are misssing out many things. It's no different from studying in your country in such a case. Only the surroundings change. In your country, you might travel using a motorbike. Here you go to school by walk or public transportation. In your country, your mother prepares the dinner. Here you have to cook for every meal. Other than that, you also have to go to school, to do homework every day, to take exams to pass a course. As a result, after 1 year, 2 years or more of study here, you go back your country without much difference, neither living experiences nor a broaden view of what is happening outside your country.
"Ok! I will travel and join school and local activities". Thank God for your change of mind. But hey how can you fund your travels? Is it already costly for your living expenses and tuition fees? "I can work part time mate". Ok. Let me think it over. You have to study full time or 4 days/week since you are an international student, another 2 days for your part-time job, possibly 1 day for reviewing knowledge and discuss group work assignments with your classmates. It's hard to manage to have extra time to travel and to join social activities right?
4# Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad: Qualifications Bring Well Paid JobsGraduates with highly respected qualifications from well known universities are always sought after. This is somewhat a fact but more considerations should take place here. Firstly, for those planning to get Permanent Residency, this is not reflecting the reality of Australia's employment. More and more overseas students are graduating from famous universities such as The University of Sydney, Macquarie and they all strive for high academic achievements. Next, Australian employers care more about your residency status and whether you have local work experience regardless of whatever international qualifications you hold. As a fresh graduate, your chance to get Permanent Residency is not high except you are employed full time. However, to have a full time job, mostly you are required to have Permanent Residency. Why should an employer spend time helping you while there are plenty of people out there having obtained Permanent Residency? What makes you so special?
The next point is for those who are going back their countries after graduation. It's very likely that you can get paid higher than what you used to have. However, to get a good job at the management levels and to apply what you studied in your Master degree, you are still required to have sufficient work experience. Companies are smart and there are more people like you coming back with high education degrees. It's also not rare to see people without studying abroad are working in management positions who are probably your future employees.
5# Disadvantages Of Studying Abroad: Losing Friendship At HomeMaybe it's a bit far saying like that but your friendship might not be as close as it used to be. Studying here for 2 years, how many weddings of your friends have you missed? How many nights out with your friends haven't you joined? "But I'm so busy with my work and study here". How long haven't you contacted your friends?
Studying abroad is not only sweet dreams. It entails lots of hard work for which you might have to sacrifice a tremendous amount of time and energy. However, friendship is not an achievement over night which is invaluable, especially when you are facing difficulties. Hence, you need to balance your study and spending time on your beloveds.
I can stop here leaving you time to think more of what other disadvantages could be. However, you possibly have got what I mean by now. It's not to stop you from studying abroad but to give you some perspectives from which you can take appropriate actions to prepare and to set out your goals properly.