Broaden your horizons? Gaining priceless experiences? Learn about a new language, land and culture? Or being one step ahead of applicants without experience abroad?
Choose a study, gap year or an internship abroad!
Studying or working abroad is a special and valuable experience. An incredible adventure that is beneficial to your resume as well as your personal development.
Five reasons why you should study abroad
1. For the academic challenge
Studying abroad is an opportunity for you to study at a top university in your field or follow specific courses that are not available in the Netherlands. You learn how to approach problems from an international context and gain new insights in your field. Additionally, studying abroad - as well as taking a gap year or doing an internship - is a great opportunity to learn a new language.
2. International experience is valued by employers
Research shows employers think highly of international experience. Having a gap year or a study or internship abroad on your resume is a great way to positively distinguish you from other applicants. Students who have done a study or an internship abroad are hired quicker and generally receive a higher starting salary than competitive students without international experience. Moreover, it is important to build an international network in order to achieve great things in fields of research.
3. For the personal development
Staying abroad will benefit both your social and cultural skills. It is an exciting adventure that takes a lot of planning, but also requires you to manage in a completely new environment; a great character-building experience. Additionally, learning about another culture is also a great way to become aware of and reflect on yourself and American research shows that people who have spent time abroad are better at thinking of creative solutions to the problems they are confronted with.
4. Because it’s a great experience
A gap year, study or internship abroad is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and socialise with fellow students in the field and in your area. By staying abroad, you familiarise yourself with another country and its culture as a temporary resident, instead of a tourist. You get to explore the local towns and often the entire region and country as well. Belgium will never be the same again.
5. Because it’s an unique chance
It is not that easy to embark on an international adventure when you have a full-time job, a mortgage, or children perhaps. Well, it is now! So take this unique chance!