The benefits of multiculturalism are plentiful and plentifully documented, but when speaking in terms of hard facts, what are the tangible benefits for you? Studying a program that attracts many international students has a veritable cornucopia of advantages. Below, we’ve listed some of the ones we consider to be most important.
The first, and arguably the most important, is cultural awareness. It can be easy to get stuck in the routine of your own culture- the customs and ideas that you are raised to identify with and understand are familiar and comfortable, and they act as your mentality’s safety net. However, meeting and interacting with people from different cultures broadens your horizons in an incalculable way, allowing you to become more flexible in your opinions or approach to your surroundings. Cultural differences can be subtle or great, but either way, truly exposing yourself to the habits and ideas of someone whose value system is entirely different to your own is one of the biggest benefits of studying an international program. Understanding the differences in what motivates, excites or challenges your fellow students will prepare you for the environment of the “real” world.
Another truly priceless benefit of exposing yourself to a variety of different cultures lies within its subsequent preparation of yourself to face a wholly globalized marketplace. Nowadays, you will be hard-pressed to find a company that consists of solely one culture or nation. By studying a program that puts you into a group with other nationalities, you are ensuring that you will be adequately prepared to work and live within an environment with a multinational team.
The third and no less important benefit are the international connections. Once you graduate, the options for your further employment will not only be bolstered by your degree, but also by your willingness to adapt, understand and, most importantly, accept the many different ways of thought and work. In practice, this will mean that you are more flexible, open and adaptable to other ideas and are able to take into consideration someone’s point of view, even if it differs or opposes your own.
Living abroad and studying a multinational program is genuinely invaluable, no matter if you’re studying law, business or marketing. Your experiences as a student will, one way or another, play a major role in your future career. By studying an international program, you are giving yourself outstanding preparation for your future professional career and ensuring your personal growth.
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