The last twenty years have seen a dramatic rise in student mobility. The quest for knowledge and better living experiences, coupled with ease of travel, has led students to explore global education as a viable option. And the numbers prove it.
We live in an increasingly globalized world today, and studying in another country is the best way to prepare yourself for fitting into such a world.
The enriching, cross-cultural experience of living in another country and learning to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds will not only expand your worldview but will go a long way in transforming you into a global citizen in the true sense of the word.
Did you know that simply picking up another language (which living in another country provides the best opportunity for) can increase your salary? An MIT-based economist Albert Saiz calculated a premium of 2% to 4% increase in the salary of a typical US employee if he/ she was bilingual.
According to a report published by Forbes, as of May 2021, 13% of the US population speaks Spanish at home. It predicts that by 2050, one in three people in the US will speak Spanish (this includes the bilinguals who will also speak English).
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 24 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. (From the US Bureau of Labour and Statistics)
In fields such as tourism, hospitality, healthcare, and education, being bilingual or a polyglot gives you a marked advantage.
2. High-Quality Education
We’ve got some more good reasons to study abroad. When you consider global education as an option, you open up a world of possibilities.
Your search for further education is then not constrained by the limitations of your country – rather you look for the best options in your area of study around the world. Thus, a global education from an international university enables you to get a high-quality education, as well as provides you access to varied resources and knowledge bases. It also trains your mind to adapt to different academic methods and teaching styles.
And the benefits are tangible. According to research done by study.eu (the European study choice portal) in 2017, 32% of CEOs in companies around the world have had a global education. This metric was arrived at after studying 231 top company leaders from the Forbes Global 2000 company ranking. That’s a significant number and reflects the connection between global education and career trajectory.
Here’s a breakdown by region:
Let’s look at a few top Indian CEOs who have had a global education (we’re not mentioning the very well-known and obvious names like Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai – who, incidentally, do have a global education)
Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, SanDisk Corporation
Studied at – the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Dinesh Paliwal, President & CEO, Harman International
Pursued an MS in Applied Science and Engineering and MBA in Finance from Miami University
Sanjay Kumar Jha, former chairman, and CEO, of Motorola Mobility.
Went to the University of Strathclyde and the University of Liverpool
Arvind Krishna, CEO, IBM
Studied at the University of Illinois
Indira Nooyi, former CEO PepsiCo
Studied at Yale School of Management
As mentioned above, apart from getting a great education, studying abroad also provides a big boost to your career.
Because we live in an increasingly globalized world, an international degree gives you that competitive edge and significantly improves your employability. It’s no secret that many managers today look at an international experience as a great asset. Also, it opens up networking opportunities that can help students get access to the best jobs.
And again, here are some telling statistics that make a direct connection between employability and global education.
64% of employers consider international experience as important for recruiting.
92% prefer their recruits to have transversal skills (which a global study provides you with)
91% said they prioritized knowledge of the field
More than 90% of the students reported an improvement in their soft skills after studying abroad (which employers pay a lot of heed to) – like the ability to work with people from different cultures, adaptability, foreign language proficiency, and communication skills
These are significant numbers, and definitely reasons enough to consider studying at an international university.
ERASMUS is a European Union student exchange program that allows students to spend anywhere from 3 months to a year at a university in a different country that is part of the Erasmus circuit.
4. Invaluable Global Networks
Speaking of networks, let’s consider all the types of people you are going to meet in your years abroad. Student years are some of the best years of your life. And shared experiences lead to the creation of special bonds of friendship with people from around the world.
These life-long friendships go a long way in shaping you and also broaden your global networks and connections.
Here are a few things you can do to network better and also get connected locally.
Join local Facebook groups
Get plugged into local networking events
Go for café meetups for students
You will find that simply taking these few steps will enhance your network and increase your chances of finding the right job after you graduate. Also, make sure you add people to your networks and share your ideas. Don’t be afraid of asking someone for a coffee.
A survey conducted by Lou Adler, CEO, The Adler Group, which works with performance-based hiring has shown that 85% of all jobs are filled through networking – so if you are not meeting people and getting connected, you may be missing out on a career opportunity.
5. Developing Leadership Skills
Some people are born leaders, others become one.
Because global universities host students from across the world, they become vibrant cultural hubs where leaders are made. Interacting with students from diverse cultures teaches you valuable lessons on communicating and working as a team – and hones your leadership skills.
Most campuses have student groups, and joining them is always a great idea. Find one which aligns with your interest. For instance, The Wharton School has a group called the Wharton Coding Club, where members meet to stay up to date with the latest trends, target events, and build the right technical skills to get job-ready.
6. Gaining Economic Independence
This may sound like a bit of a paradox – because studying abroad comes with a cost, but the truth is you learn the value of money and also explore ways to earn.
Many countries allow students to work while at university, which often enables students to earn enough to pay for their daily needs. Also juggling work and studying teaches you the fine art of balancing and multitasking – skills that come in handy when you start work and have to perform on several fronts. But, do be careful not to overdo the working bit – don’t work at the cost of your grades.
Apart from finding specific opportunities in your area, here are some great side gigs – both online and offline – that you can explore while at grad school:
If you can write, this is the easiest to do. You can do it from your room or dorm, in your time. There are a million sites out there where you can become a contributor or look for gigs. However, these would be a good start:
Depending on your subject expertise, you can offer your services to tutor someone – this could be a junior or a
friend’s friend – tell people that you are open to it to spread the word. You could also look online
One of the best things students are good for is going odd jobs, and there is a great need for getting the right people to go little things that don’t take time but may require someone to get over and do it – it could be anything from picking up someone’s dry cleaning to helping at a party. You could register yourself on such platforms to make yourself available for these tasks.
These gigs apart, you could also offer your services in these areas:
But, as we said earlier, you must be careful not to lose sight of the fact that you are there to study, so your work must not get in the way of your studies.
7. Learning a New Language
Remember what we told you about the connection between learning another language and getting a higher salary. Well, there’s another big cognitive benefit – learning a second language has been proven to positively impact memory, intelligence, and concentration. So you must jog those linguistic brain cells and either improve your English or learn a new language while at grad school.
And the happy by-product of stimulating the brain is that you will perform better in your studies and hence, get better grades! Who knew that learning a language could have that impact!?
8. Finding Yourself
There’s one intangible, but invaluable, a reason to study abroad – to discover yourself.
When you live away from the familiarity of your own surroundings and become independent, you learn things about yourself that you didn’t know before. While you may not realize how this shapes and benefits you, the fact that you become a more self-aware and thinking individual has very positive effects on your overall personality development.
There are a few things you can do to make sure you connect with yourself first:
Maintain a diary – we tend to forget how we felt after any experience, or even what our goals are – so writing them down will help crystallize your thoughts and become great reference points for you later.
Take a short trek – something about the mountains helps you reflect on life, and think of things objectively.
Embrace your individuality – sure this sounds a bit clichéd, but there’s truth in it. When you become comfortable in your own self, you become a more positive and confident person. And that helps you become a better student and employee.
9. Travelling and Exploring
Student life does not have to be all work and no play. Living in another country gives you the superb opportunity to travel to different places and meet new people. If, for instance, you are studying in the U.K., you can always travel to other European countries and experience some other cultures as well.
For instance, if you are studying in the UK, it’s an excellent opportunity to travel to parts of Europe. Here are our top five recommendations for travel in Europe during your summer break
10. Picking Up New Interests
Last but not the least, living in another country gives you the opportunity to pick up a new interest – like a sport – that you may not have a chance to explore in your home country.
Many students get into water sports, hiking, or learn sports like skiing or golf when they study abroad. Imagine the money you’ll save if you learn to surf while living near the water (if your university is on a coast that is).
It’s all worth it and the benefits of studying abroad are almost countless.
That’s been a lot to digest we know. But these are all extremely valid reasons to think about getting a global education! You will not only get a high-quality education and better your job prospects, but living and studying abroad will make you into the leader you are meant to be and give you the gift of friendships across the world. It will definitely set you apart from the rest, and that road is sure to lead you to the job of your dreams.
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TC Global may also process any Personal Information or Usage Information collected from you for legitimate commercial purposes including to provide you with the requisite information requested. A list of uses of the Personal Information and Usage Information collected is provided at Section 3 of this Policy (Use of Information Collected).
TC Global implements appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk of our processing of information about individuals such as (i) only sharing and providing access to your information to the minimum extent necessary, subject to confidentiality restrictions where appropriate, and on an anonymised basis wherever possible; (ii) using secure servers to store your information; (iii) verifying the identity of any individual who requests access to information prior to granting them access to information; and (iv) using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software or other similar encryption technologies to encrypt any payment transactions you make on or via our Site.
Right of a user in relation to data submitted:
Any user who has submitted Personal Information on the Site has the right to (i) access, correct, delete such Personal Information subject to us successfolly verifying your identity; (ii) object to us processing your Personal Information on legitimate grounds; (iii) to withdraw your consent to our use of your information at any time where we rely on your consent to use or process that information; (iv) opting out of receiving any promotional or marketing material by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" button or by sending an email to [email@example.com]. Please note that if you withdraw your consent, this will not affect the lawfolness of our use and processing of your information on the basis of your consent before the point in time when you withdraw your consent; (v) right to have the Personal Information transferred to another data controller; and (vi) lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particolar in the jurisdiction of your habitual residence, place of work or of an alleged infringement of any applicable data protection laws. Any request received by us by the user in relation to the aforesaid shall be acknowledged by us within seventy-two (72) business hours.
USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
TC Global does not share any Personal Information with any third party without your consent, except when directed by the law. TC Global can use this data to verify user identity in line with engagement initiated by the user. We will communicate with you using the contact information provided by you in order to respond to any queries that you may have and to provide any information that you may request regarding the services provided through the Site. We may communicate with you either by written, physical communication, email, telephone, SMS or via notifications on your mobile device. We may also send strictly service-related announcements to you periodically and when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our services are temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email, text message, flash notification or telephone call. If you do not wish to receive such alerts, you have the option to unsubscribe from such emails or opt out by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may use Personal Information or Usage Information collected through the Site in the following ways:
to operate and improve our Site and tools associated with the Site;
to create aggregated and anonymized information to determine which Site features are most popolar and usefol to users, and for other statistical analyses;
To customize the content or the services on the Site for you, or the communications sent to you through the Site.
To help provide you the services accessible through the Site, which may include liaising and providing information to visa/customs/immigration offices of various countries and admissions offices of universities situated across the globe;
To observe, improve and administer the quality of services on the Site;
To analyze how the Site is used, diagnose technical problems;
Remember the basic information provided by you for effective access;
To confirm your identity in order to determine your eligibility to use the Site and avail our services;
To notify you about any changes to the Site;
To enable TC Global to comply with its legal and regolatory obligations;
For the purpose of sending administrative notices, service-related alerts and other similar communication with a view to optimizing the efficiency of the Site;
Doing market research, troubleshooting, protection against error, project planning, fraud and other criminal activity; and
Marketing activities: We use your information for marketing activities. These activities include:
Using your contact info to send you regolar news about relevant products and services. You can unsubscribe from email marketing communications quickly, easily, and anytime. All you need to do is click the "Unsubscribe" link included in each newsletter or other communication.
Based on your info, individualized offers might be shown to you on the Site, on mobile apps, or on third-party websites/apps (including social media sites), and the content of the site displayed to you might be personalized. These coold be offers that you can book directly on the Site, on co-branded sites, or other third-party offers or products we think you might find interesting.
When you participate in other promotional activities (e.g. sweepstakes, referral programs, or competitions), relevant info will be used to administer these promotions.
Administrative and Legal Reasons:
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. Thus, we may access, use, store, transfer and disclose your information (including Personal Information), including disclosure to third parties such as government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we reasonably determine is necessary and appropriate: (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regolation, governmental requests or legal process; (ii) to protect the safety, rights, property or security of TC Global, our services, the Site or any third party; (iii) to protect the safety of the public for any reason; (iv) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; and /or (v) to prevent or stop any activity we consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.
THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SERVICES
We do not include or offer third party products or services on our Site.
Your information will be retained with TC Global as long as it is needed by TC Global to provide services to you. If you wish to cancel your account or request that TC Global no longer uses your information to provide services, you may contact TC Global at email@example.com.. TC Global will promptly delete the information as requested. TC Global will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with its legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce its agreements or for other business purposes. When TC Global has no ongoing legitimate business need to process your information, we will either delete or anonymize it.
CONTACT & POLICY UPDATES
CHANGE OF INFORMATION AND CANCELLATION OF ACCOUNT
You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information provided as part of account registration. If your Personal Information changes, or if you no longer desire to access the Site, you may correct, delete inaccuracies, or amend information by contacting us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 72 hours of receipt of communication.
You have the right to request that we rectify or delete the personal data or restrict the processing of your personal data, if you think they are inaccurate. Furthermore, you have the right to object against the processing based on our legitimate interests as a legal basis. We are required to assess and act on your request. Additionally, you also have the right to data portability if it shoold become relevant. You have a right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority.
[You may also cancel or modify your communications that you have elected to receive from the Site by logging into your user account and changing your communication preferences.
If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you details with respect to our services and the Site, please write to us at email@example.com.
If you wish to opt out of receiving non-essential communications such as promotional and marketing-related information regarding the Site and our services, please send TC Global an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By email: email@example.com
In the event of any grievances, user can contact the grievance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at the following address:
The Chopras Global Holdings PTE Ltd
No. 3 Shenton Way
#10-05/06, Shenton House