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The importance of encouraging students to study at home

In the past two decades, American students going abroad to study have more than tripled and the phenomenon is rising. International education is becoming a trend. Of course, studying abroad is always a big + in your curriculum vitae; however, studying abroad is not for everyone. Look at the many advantages in studying in your home country. In your home country, you can continue to improve your language skills and interact with many internationals living within your area.

Why study at home?

First of all, there are many top and high ranking universities in the United States. Choose any good one and study at home so you do not have to learn a new language or make new adjustments. Here, you can fully focus on your studies instead of learning new things. And no culture shock too.

Your social ties are likely to suffer from these circumstances.  You get lonely and homesick for your family and friends as there are difficulties in communication due to time differences or inferior local technical infrastructure.

Another problem to face is the costs of living. Tuition fees are often expensive plus cost of boarding and food. Everything is different from what you are used to at home. You will also need additional money if you want to come home and visit your loved ones. Travelling expenses are rather high more so when distances are greater.

Lastly, students are familiar with the location of all places in their home country. Even if you study at home, you have the opportunity to experience different places in your own country.

Six benefits of studying domestically:

  1. Consider these benefits if you study at home.
  2. Inexpensive tuition fee and cost of living.
  3. Homesick and loneliness are no problems as family and friends are with you.
  4. Surroundings and places are familiar.
  5. You speak your own language.
  6. Safeguard your personal health.

Disadvantages of studying abroad

Being alone, you will be homesick and lonely for family and friends.

Reality can be disappointing if it is not what you expect.

Everything is paid as nothing is free.

One year’s work is lost for credits earned abroad might not be counted in your degree.

Lots of culture shock.

Studying at home or abroad

Course options - Depending on your degree, there are various courses that are better for studying abroad. Likewise, some fields or majors are better taken at home.

Finances – Abroad tuition fees are indeed high. Other options: Get government assistance to pay for your study abroad; apply for scholarships and grants to pay for your study abroad; and make direct contact with your desired university and ask about tuition assistance. All these you can try; but you have to meet all the requirements plus all the work and efforts.

Reputation - The US is known for their highly accredited courses and universities. If you study in the US but do not have the financial ability to attend a top-ranking university, consider other state universities or universities that have lower tuition fees and have given good education to many Americans.

At the end of the day, you will say that studying abroad is not a must for every student. Although studying abroad has many benefits, but consider also the many advantages you enjoy from studying in home country. Consider the pros and cons of both options but in the end studying at home offers more advantages.

Erkut N.