”Asia is probably the most dynamic continent in the world and economically it presents endless opportunities. The center of gravity is moving towards the East.”
– Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland
Ten reasons to study in Asia
- Take full advantage of the luxury of time and independence you have as student.
- Learn about yourself and what you want for your future.
- Gain full credits in Asia and graduate in time.
- Use the same amount of money or less by living in Asia.
- Challenge yourself both personally and academically.
- Learn a new language and culture in-depth and utilize your new skills for your future career.
- Gain an international network of friends and future colleagues.
- Differentiate yourself by having gone to Asia for your study abroad semester.
- Enjoy the quality of Asian education and learn what real competition is.
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience.
Excellent value for your money
- Tuition fees in Asia are in general lower than in Western countries, just like the living costs and other expenses in Asia
- Even though more affordable, schooling in Asia is usually much more intensive and competitive than in the West
- The hard working mentality and educational achievements can be seen in practice in the success stories of Asian economies
- AE selects all its partners very carefully, based on their academic standards, international reputation and students’ reviews
Why study abroad?
More and more students complete a part of their degree abroad. Almost every student who has gone on exchange has found the experience to be an absolute highlight of their student years – maybe even the best thing they have experienced so far in their lives. An exchange enables you to thoroughly explore a different culture and gives you a chance to become more independent – all the while your academic career is also in progress. In fact, studying abroad can even make you smarter, since it exposes you to new situations and broadens your ways of thinking.
Going abroad will only give you more options, interests and ambition, not strip you of something you already had at home. Not even time; a study abroad semester doesn’t mean that you won’t graduate in time. You can even earn more credits that what you’d be able to at your home institution.
As a student you still have the luxury of time and independence – use yours well.
What are some of the benefits or studying abroad? Although the benefits are diverse, we can name at least three:
1. Investment into your future
You will gain skills and experiences that are useful in all aspects of your life during your time abroad. In addition to improved language skills, your studies abroad will give you genuine insight into different cultures and countries. You will also gain numerous contacts and a network that can enrich your life both at home and abroad. During a study abroad period, most students form friendships that last for a lifetime. Studying abroad can also better equip you for your future career. In addition to new valuable contacts and potential future colleagues, you will gain skills and expertise you can utilize when developing your personal resume. When your skill level increases, your salary potential and eligibility for more jobs multiplies as well.
2. Learn something new about yourself
Studying abroad gives you a chance to explore how it is to be truly independent. You grow as a person through your encounters with people from foreign cultures while discovering new shades of your personality, attitudes and values. A successful experience abroad makes you more open-minded, tolerant and considerate. Living abroad can also give you a new perspective through which you see your own home country. Challenging yourself both personally and academically will help you determine what you want and who you are. Getting out of your comfort zone will produce countless new options and ideas and make you more prepared and confident to be able to get where you’re going.
3. Improve your language skills
Even if you didn’t learn a completely new language aboard, improving your existing English language skills will become extremely useful to you. Being able to communicate confidently in English and give presentations in a foreign language is something you’ll need regardless of your future career path. Knowing English and knowing English well are different things. Comprehensive, polished and confident language skills never go out of style when interviewing for a job.
Furthermore, having the basic conversational skills in a more exotic language makes a statement: you’re willing and able to learn niche skills and develop your portfolio creatively and ambitiously.
Why study abroad in Asia?
Distinguishing yourself as a former exchange student is in itself already an asset on your personal and professional resume. Where you want to spend the semester can be crucial as well.
Asia’s economic, political and cultural importance is growing at a never-before seen rate. Take China, for example: In terms of purchasing power, China is now the largest economy of the world, having recently taken over the crown from the long time leader United States. Understanding the fundamental structural changes in the global economy and having studied abroad in Asia is a huge asset on your resume when competing for jobs.
Due to the increasing importance of the continent, many international companies are expanding to Asia and need employees with experience in Asian markets and culture. To get a glimpse of the action and business ideas flowing from Asia, visit Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) website.
One of the most important variables behind the miracle of the speed of growth and recovery in the Asian economies is the quality of education. The competition for top schools and universities starts from a very early age. The work ethic, ambition and resilience that is embedded in Asian societies directly influences university curricula. The point of education in Asia is to equip people to become productive members of their given societies as well as equip the students with the skills and mentality to be able to successfully compete against the masses of other applicants. Asian students and schools receive continuously top marks in international rankings. This has been directly reflected in the success stories of several Asian countries.
Still, the tuition fees of universities are still very affordable, compared to university and college tuitions in the Western countries. The tuition fees in Asia are in line with the generally much more inexpensive costs of living in Asia. You can even save money by going to Asia.
Going abroad in a country that is geographically or culturally nearer to you your home might seem much more appealing. However, going beyond your comfort zone and challenging yourself both personally and academically will reward you with priceless capital for you future. Spending time in a foreign environment will teach you more about you and about what you want in life.
Study abroad in Asia with Asia Exchange
Our study abroad programs are organized twice a year in the following destinations:
- Bali, Indonesia: Udayana University and Warmadewa University
- Lombok, Indonesia: Mataram University
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Bangkok, Thailand: Rangsit University, Kasetsart University and Siam University
- Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University
- Shanghai, China: Shanghai University
- Guangzhou, China: Guangzhou University
- Seoul, South Korea: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
- Osaka, Japan: Otemon Gakuin University
It’s also possible to apply for a shorter summer session in Asia.
If you wish go get to learn about potential study abroad destinations on a more global scale, feel free to visit www.studyadvisory.org.