41 Ways Studying Abroad Changes You

Everyone who’s studied abroad will tell you – it’s an intense experience, a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it changes you. How? Like this…

1. You’ll become good

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2. Really good

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3. So so good

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4. At filling in forms

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5. You’ll become poorer

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6. But richer

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7. Moving to a new country

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8. And starting a new course

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9. In a different language

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10. Whilst jet lagged

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11. Isn’t a problem for you

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12. You’ll learn to let go

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13. And to hold on

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14. And you’ll become an expert at dealing with lots of different emotions at the same time

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15. You’ll also become an expert at smiling

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16. And nodding…

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17. ‘Yep’

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18. ‘Uhuh’

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19. …Without knowing what on earth they’re saying

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20. You become able to explain where you’re from, what it’s like there and how you got here in under 10 seconds

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21. You’ll subtly shift your personality so as not to confirm national stereotypes

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22. If you need to do something

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23. Or you want to do something

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24. You don’t need anyone to do it with you

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25. But you’re happy to introduce yourself to people

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26. And you’re an expert at making the best of things

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27. Improvising when you need to

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28. And staying connected to the important things

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29. You’ll see your subject from a whole new perspective

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30. And you’ll know life from a whole new perspective

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31. So you’ll be more employable

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It’s true, here’s the research: European Commission Study

32. More creative

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It’s true, here’s the research: Multicultural experience enhances creativity: The when and how

33. And you’ll never get old

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Well, you’ll be more protected against ageing if you’re bilingual (plus, your array of experiences will keep you young at heart…): Bilingualism protects anterior temporal lobe integrity in ageing

34. You’ll also become superb at miming

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When your vocabulary runs out, it’s pretty much your only option…

34. You’ll become an absolute expert at how your host country and your country say things differently

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35. And you’ll learn to be happy discussing it for hours

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36. You’ll also learn to live on the very minimum a human can live on

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37. Whilst your bank sorts itself out

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38. But most of all, you’ll have gained the most incredible memories

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39. Irreplaceable friendships

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40. Strength and experience

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41. You’ll still be you – but just with a bit more…..world

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    3 Responses

    1. This is so amazing article to read..I cannot wait to start my student journey again after working for few years….I am Sky from Shanghai, China…..

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