When choosing your future university, it can often feel unnecessary to look at universities abroad. Whether it’s due to a lack of information available or doubts you might have about a different culture, you can be easily deterred from exploring your study abroad options. However, if you’re willing to explore the options available in other countries, you may well find the perfect programme for you.
Here are a few common myths about going to business school abroad which turn out to be untrue:
- You will need to speak a second language
If you’re looking to study in English, your options are not limited to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States. Nowadays, many European business schools have turned to English as their main language of instruction to attract the best international students.
In France, business schools like emlyon business school offer a range of master’s programmes fully taught in English. Some of these programmes are offered in partnership with universities in neighboring countries. For example, the Msc in Management - European triple degree - Grande Ecole, fully taught in English, is split across three major European campuses. The two-year management course run by emlyon business school, Ludwig Maximilian Universität and Lancaster University Management School will take you to France, Germany and the United Kingdom. It offers four specializations: finance, marketing, strategy and corporate development.
- Studying is not a good way to explore the world
In many ways, studying in a foreign country allows you to have a richer experience than if you were merely visiting a country for a couple of weeks. Studying in an university abroad also means that you get to enjoy the benefits of traveling while also having a structure and asafety net (and of course a degree at the end) you can rely on. You’re also more likely to make friends with locals at university than on holiday which is a good way to develop your network abroad.
- The quality of teaching will not be optimal
Just because you’re not familiar with a country’s education system, it doesn’t mean that the standards of teaching in their universities is poorer than what you would find at home. There are plenty of interesting study destinations in every region of the world. Just have a look at the geographical spread of institutions in the QS World University Rankings® 2018.
Europe alone is home to a lot of the universities included in this year’s rankings and some of these are among the oldest institutions in the world. emlyon business school saw its master’s programmes in finance and management ranked respectively 9th and 12th in the world in the QS Business Masters Rankings 2018.
- Studying abroad will ruin my relationships at home
Going abroad might feel like you’re turning your back on your loved ones but it’s not the case anymore. It’s so much easier to have successful long-distance relationships with your family and friends nowadays. You can easily keep in touch with them thanks to Skype, WhatSApp, Facebook Messenger…
- My degree will not be recognized by employers in my home country
While this used to be true ten years ago, there’s been a shift in attitudes over recent years and employers are more used to seeing candidates with a study abroad experience. Your international experience, your knowledge of a foreign language and your awareness of another culture, can be major assets to a company. According to a recent study, the unemployment rate five years after graduation among students who took part in an Erasmus scheme is 23 percent lower than among their peers with no international experience.
In conclusion, you should not listen to the common myths about going to Grad School abroad! Don’t hesitate: studying abroad is a real springboard for your personal and professional life!
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A version of this article was originally published on TopUniversities.com