Experts claim that the number of those seeking education abroad will almost double in the very near future. The educational cognates company Begin Group conducted research that showed that a quarter of Russian parents plan to send their children abroad to study, despite the fact that the cost of studying in foreign schools and universities has increased significantly.
There are no exact statistics on how many Russian schoolchildren and students study abroad in Russia. But according to expert data from travel companies specializing in educational programs, about 30,000 Russians go abroad for education every year. The figure is impressive, isn’t it? So why does it happen? The answer is obvious: the low quality of education in Russian-speaking countries. Diplomas of the majority of Russian universities are not quoted abroad these days, and employers set such requirements to potential employees that an average graduate of a Russian university is simply not able to meet.
Advantages of Studying Abroad
Studying abroad, being an alternative to domestic education, has a number of undoubted advantages, namely:
a high level of quality education, much attention is paid to the practical implementation of the knowledge obtained;
students have the opportunity to get an internship in successful companies;
chance to get a good, well-paid job depends on the results of the internship;
the educational process takes into account individual abilities of each student;
teachers treat students as partners;
training of students in such specialties as economics, marketing, advertising, law is more complete – with the expectation to get highly qualified young professionals;
parallel study of a foreign language, an opportunity to communicate with native speakers;
getting acquainted with the sight words first grade culture of the country of study, the opportunity to satisfy a tourist interest;
getting a diploma of international standard;
the prospect of obtaining citizenship and permanent residency after graduation;
the opportunity to enter a prestigious university after graduation;
an opportunity to work in your spare time.
Disadvantages of studying abroad
Like everything in the world, education abroad has not only advantages, but also disadvantages, which can include the following:
The high cost of living and studying;
Language barriers: the need for a certain level of proficiency in the language of the country where you plan to study;
remoteness from the home country;
problems associated with obtaining a student visa;
Narrow specialization: while in Russia students are trained for a wide profile, abroad they are trained only in one direction, which, in principle, excludes the possibility of further work in another profession;
the need to adapt to the culture and mentality of the other country.
Of course, everyone decides for himself where to study – in the homeland or abroad. In the end, he who really wants to get knowledge and become an excellent specialist, will become one – no matter where he gets his education. But when it comes to career advancement, a foreign education undoubtedly provides much broader opportunities. But you should remember that you can succeed only by hard work. Good luck!