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5 reasons, why you should study in Asia

February 23, 2016

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1.  You can afford it

No really, you can.  One of the most common misconceptions about study abroad is that it is always expensive.  What some students don’t realize is that it is often possible to study abroad for a semester – travel expenses included – for less than what they would pay to study at their home institution.  What’s more, the incredibly affordable cost of living in Asian countries makes destinations like China and Thailand great choices for the financially-minded.

2.  It will redefine your concept of “comfort zone”

People are always telling you to get outside of your comfort zone, right?  Studying abroad in Asia takes this principle to a whole new level.  A foreign culture, a different language, strange new foods, and exciting destinations will turn your world on its head – and what’s more exciting than that?  Now is the time to see the world and open your mind to the wonders of foreign cultures.  Challenge yourself – you’ll be better for it in the end.

3. There is no better way to learn a language

When you study abroad in Asia, your classes will be taught in English – but what about the time that you spend outside of the classroom?  One of the greatest benefits to studying abroad in an Asian country is the full-immersion language experience.  Want to learn Mandarin (or brush up on your skills in a native environment)?  Take your pick from top Chinese universities in Beijing or Shanghai.  Thinking of picking up some Thai?  Students at Chiang Mai University take language courses from native speaking instructors as part of their program.

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4.  You’re going to want to land a great job 

Someday soon, you’re going to have a degree in your hand.  A degree with your very own name on it.  A degree that says “Congratulations, you’re a college graduate.  Now go out and land your dream job. Or any job, really – just please contribute to society.”  Some of your peers might balk at this little dose of reality.  Not you, though.  You’re going to be excited and confident as you submit your resume to employers, because you spent a semester studying international business at China’s number one university. Or you got an insight into otherwise restricted local NGOs dedicated to refugee and political prisoner issues on the Thai-Burmese border as part of your summer program in Thailand studying human rights.  Or you perfected your Mandarin during your semester in Shanghai, and you’re the perfect fit for the company’s new China division. You get the picture.

5.  You’ll see more of the world for less $$

You have lots of decisions to make when it comes to choosing where to study abroad.  One consideration that you should absolutely take into account while making these decisions is travel – how much of the world do you plan to see while you’re abroad?  Asian countries are uniquely suited for student travel, as they provide access to many affordable destinations.

 
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