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A Source to Quenching the Thirst for Overseas Travel

Waheeb Ulla
Friday, February 27, 2015
Waheeb Ulla
It is the tendency of every human being towards quest and exploration. To discover new things, to see novelty and to be present in a new environment has always been a source of constant self-reinvention. Every primitive task done in a novel way or in a different environment with presence of new stimuli emancipates the freedom to explore things and see the world through a new perspective. In the similar regard, it remains an eternal dream of every Indian student to study in a foreign environment as they form the second largest group of international students across the universities in the world.

The presence of people of a different culture arouses the anticipation in knowing more about them and the place they are in. "It will change your life. You'll come back as a new person" - For years, the benefits of studying abroad have been described in these words. Everyone in the study abroad field believed it could greatly impact a student's life, but the exact long-term benefits were unknown - until now.

A large-scale survey to explore the long-term impact of studying abroad on a student's personal, professional, and academic life shows that studying abroad positively and unequivocally influences the career path, world-view, and self-confidence of students. Regardless of where students studied and for how long, it was found that studying abroad is usually a defining moment in a young person's life and continues to impact the participant's life for years after the experience. Findings also show that study abroad leads to long-lasting friendships with students of a different nationality and still impacts current relationships. The experience continues to influence the decisions students make in their later family life. Study abroad educators often assert that one of the goals of studying abroad is to train future global leaders to be more effective, respectful of other cultures and political and economic systems, and willing to take a stand for the world's welfare, not just what benefits a specific country and indicate that study abroad is succeeding in its mission. It is significant to note that these intercultural benefits are not fleeting but continue to impact participants' lives long after their time abroad. Although all students benefit from the study abroad experience, there are a few choices that students can make, which have the potential to increase their long-term language and career benefits. Exploring different cultures, being independent, making friends from different backgrounds, international workplaces, world wide exposure, travelling more widely, honing a new language, opportunity to learn new art, hobbies and being taught by lecturers from a different background who have done case studies on a different culture prove to pack a zeal of learning that meets education and the curiosity of travelling around the world for Indian Students.

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