Reasons To Study Abroad
Mar 21, 2011 Study Abroad 1943 Views
Aside from providing for the physiologic needs of children such as food, clothing and shelter, it is the responsibility of the parents to send their children to school to formally educate them aside from what is basically taught at home. To a majority of Americans, education is a priority. As long as their finances permit and as long as their children want it, parents send their children to the best schools.
In war-torn countries like Israel, Afghanistan and some countries in Asia, where safety and security are not guaranteed, children of affluent families are sent to other countries such as the United States, Europe and Asia to pursue their college education. If permitted by the government, some families apply for asylum if they qualify certain criteria. In the United States, after the terror attack to the World Trade Center which claimed thousands of lives, statistics have showed that many American students started seeking education elsewhere. In 2007-2008 alone, about 262,000 Americans studied abroad which represented about 130 percent increase over the last decade and have been continuously rising each year. Among the top destinations are the UK, Australia, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, China, Japan, Costa Rica, to mention a few. For whatever reasons, it may have been an eye opening to the American population that their country, as powerful as it may seem is not invincible to terror attacks. Hence, parents may have decided to send their children to countries which are less threatened and heightened security is not needed.
Education in the United States is quite expensive. A public four-year college charges about $7,000-$12,000 per year on the average for tuition and fees while a private non-profit four-year college, on the average, charges about $30,000 per year in tuition and fees. Of course, that excludes textbooks, school supplies, board and lodging, food, laundry and other additional expenses. The average monthly American salary is a little over $3,000 or over $6,000 a month for a couple. Depending on the number of children going to school, such salary is inadequate to send all children to college. If they are sent to schools abroad such amount goes a long way.
Furthermore, a recent study revealed that many Americans share a belief that studying a foreign language and studying abroad is one of the components to education in the 21st century. While the English language is the native tongue of the Americans, most adults believe that exposure to a foreign language and different cultures gives one an edge over others in terms of future career opportunities and job placement. Moreover, students studying abroad acquire vital components such as independence and hard work that prepare them in global workplace because of the training they received from being with different nationalities and learning about the unique characteristics of their people. Thus, such students are well prepared to compete in the global economy.
A medical student for example on his way to medical career must learn a considerable degree of independence, industry, assertiveness, resourcefulness and other personable characters that he does not ordinarily learn when he is within the comforts of his security zone, where both emotional and financial support are at arm's length away. An education abroad thus, prepares him to get inured to the busy life that doctors have.