Traditionally, students have travelled from east to west to study abroad, often moving from Asia to study in the UK, Europe and USA. But recently, a shift has started to emerge and more students are choosing to study in Asia, both local students and students from the UK and America. One reason for this given by many experts is that students from Asia are beginning to realise the benefits of staying closer to home. Studying abroad in a nearby country is becoming a growing trend, so in this article we look at why you should study close to home.
Benefits of staying close to home
There are many reasons for studying abroad, just take a look around our site at previous articles, but when it comes to choosing where to study, it can become tricky, which is why more and more people are choosing to study closer to home. We take a look at five reasons for studying closer to home.
Cheaper travel costs
If you choose to study in a nearby country, chances are the travel costs to and from University at the beginning and end of the year will be less than travelling to a distant destination. The cheapest return ticket to New York (JFK) from Beijing (PEK) we could find was almost USD$1,600, compare that to the return flights to Singapore (SIN) we found for less than USD$400. The option to travel by rail or coach may be seen by many as a bonus too. Air travel is becoming more and more expensive and it’s often far easier to travel over land.
Less culture shock
It’s usually the case that the closer you stay to your home country, the less likely you are to experience culture shock or homesickness. Culture shock can lead to symptoms such as nausea, frustration, extreme tiredness and confusion and is not to be taken lightly. Many international students experience this type of culture shock, so avoiding it in the first place by staying close to your home country could be a wise move.
Same power sockets
Although it sounds insignificant, studying in a country that has the same power sockets as your home country can save money, time and hassle. If you have ever travelled to a country that uses different power sockets, you’ll understand how annoying it is to have to plug everything into an adaptor. If you study in a country that requires this, your laptop, phone charger and other essential things will have to live in adaptors. This means spending a small fortune on adaptors and hoping any changes in power supply doesn’t hurt your equipment.
Western Degrees at Home
An increasing number of Universities now offer campuses in locations all over the world. The University of Nottingham have campuses in China and Malaysia, whilst UCL have a campus in Qatar and UCLAN are planning to open a campus in Thailand. Because of this, it’s now possible to gain a degree from a British university, whilst staying close to home.
Stay Close to Friends
Finally, staying close to home means staying close to family and friends. For many this is actually a reason not to study close to home, but for others this can be a massive benefit. If you’d like to go home to visit friends and family for birthdays and other special occasions, staying close to home not only makes this cheaper, but also easier, both for you and your friends and family if they choose to visit.
These are just five reasons for why you may wish to study close to home. Studying abroad can be a really great experience, but finding the perfect destination is important, so it’s vital to select somewhere that you think you’ll enjoy.
Read our study abroad advice pages for more help on selecting your perfect study abroad destination.
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