Why go abroad?
Broadening your horizons? Experience an unforgettable time? Get a taste of a new language, culture and country? Or just be one step ahead of applicants who have no experience abroad? Then choose a study, gap year or internship abroad!
5 reasons why studying abroad is a good idea
1. The academic challenge
Studying abroad offers you the chance to follow lectures you cannot attend in the Netherlands or to study at a top institution in your field.
You will learn to approach issues from an international context and take a different look at your field. In addition, even during a gap year or work placement abroad, you will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language.
2. Employers consider international experience a plus
Research shows that employers consider international experience a plus. A gap year or a study or internship abroad on your resume sets you apart from other applicants. Students who have studied or done an internship abroad find a job faster ánd they receive a higher starting salary than students without foreign experience. Also, if you want to achieve something in the research world, it is important to build a good international network.
3. Your personal development
Your social and cultural skills are sharpened by a stay abroad. It is an exciting adventure. You have a lot to sort out and get by in a new environment. You come back stronger and wiser. Your contacts with other cultures are also a mirror: you get to know yourself and your own culture better. American research has shown that people who have lived abroad for a period of time are better at coming up with creative solutions to problems they face.
4. It's an amazing experience
During your gap year, study or internship abroad, you will meet new people and make friends quickly. You get to know a different world through your stay in another country. From now on, you will look at the Netherlands with different eyes.
5. It is a unique opportunity
Soon, when you have a job, a mortgage and perhaps children, you won't be able to leave for a time abroad. Now you can.
So grab this unique opportunity!
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