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Five Ways Studying Abroad Can Help you Grow as a Person

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It’s no secret that studying abroad changes a person. How can it not? You learn things you never would have in your home town and you see amazing sights that can’t be unseen. Most of the time, it changes you for the better. If you’re thinking about going on one of our awesome study abroad programs, or will be travelling this year, then here are a few things that you will defs learn on the way. Happy travels!



You’ll notice after your trip your confidence will have sky rocketed. This is usually due to the fact that travelling abroad takes a lot of courage and confidence in your own abilities to get you from A to B. The confidence to speak to locals, to ask directions or to get on a plane for the first time by yourself. You won’t realise it at the time, but your confidence will be growing constantly while you travel, gaining new skills, learning new things and become more confident the decisions you make. Maybe it will be in the way you speak or hold yourself, but you won’t notice it until you come back home and people point it out. It’s a great feeling.


Everyone has got to leave the nest sometime, and if you’re still living at home, your comfort zone can be hard to escape from. From learning to cook your own healthy meals, taking the initiative to learn your way around the public transport system or even just organising your daily itinerary. You’ll learn how to be independent from the people who have looked after you all your life, and realising how hard it can be to be alone and away from your comfort zone, can be a revelation.

Making Friends

Whether you’re going with university, completing an internship or even just studying overseas, you have to put yourself out there and make friends. Working up the courage to approach someone and ask if they want to go for a beer or hang out can be really daunting. The fear of rejection is a normal instinct in everyone, no matter how confident you are. While participating on a study abroad program you won’t only naturally make new friends, but making friends with strangers will become a lot easier, a skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life.



Sometimes things happen on your trip that you won’t account for. Your flight might get delayed, you might lose your bank card, you get the wrong train and end up getting lost in a strange city. Travelling teaches you how to embrace these mistakes and make them into something fun. A delayed layover, means more time in the city to explore, that wrong train might send you somewhere beautiful that you never would have found otherwise. Everything can be made into a lesson, if you are spontaneous enough and don’t let small things ruin your experiences. (You can even use them to fuel outlandish stories when you get home)


Learning to adapt to a new surroundings is a great skill that future employers will admire. After you return from your study abroad you’ll have plenty of examples to show future employers how adaptable you are and how your experiences studying abroad prove that you’re the perfect candidate for that new dream job you’re chasing.

Oh…and One more thing If you’re hoping to learn a few of these qualities this year, take a look at all our different study abroad programs. Japan, Croatia, UK and more! Trust us…you won’t regret it.

Words by Sophie Nicolas – Sophie Studied a Bachelor of Arts at Edith Cowan University and also studied abroad in Japan

You can read more work from Sophie on her website or on Uni Junkee

Photo by Jannes Jacobs on Unsplash


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