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Many students find themselves abroad seeking for further studies. The dream of every student is to study abroad with a feeling that studying abroad is better that in one’s own country. However, universities abroad and local homes have uniqueness and their characteristics suiting everyone’s needs depending on what a student wants to achieve in life. To some students studying abroad has more advantages in relation to technical skills and knowledge than in local countries while others still prefer to study in their own country because of home talent. Costly education in oversees countries also deter most students from seeking oversees studies. This paper is going to analyze the comparative advantages and disadvantages of the bimodal means of studying(Doerr, 2012).


Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes as one interacts with the environment to become an important person in the society

Oversees learning is the process of one moving from one country to a foreign country with the purpose of seeking further education

There is a 50-50 argument in this discussion since ones decision to study abroad depends on ones desire.

Thesis statement

Most of the students who study abroad complain about language barrier and culture shock that immediately ambush them in the new environment as they seek studies. However, some of the students approve oversees learning due to the technical expertise that the colleges and Universities in abroad offer. I therefore feel that there is more disadvantages of studying oversee compared to studying at home or locally.

Advantages and Disadvantages of learning Abroad

Exposure in a new country provides a wider area of experience as one live andinteracts with different communities. One experiences new culture and develops a different approach to life. In addition to this, it also encourages independence. For this reason, oversees learning challenges one with confidence building and hence equips someone with resourcefulness required to be self-sufficient in a foreign country(Jones, Niehaus, Rowan-Kenyon, Cilente Skendall, & Mei-Yen Ireland, 2012). Oversee training also provides one with more chances of getting employment hence building ones CV. Most of the students who go to foreign countries having an advantage of language for example English speaking countries do not waste most of their time learning the language hence adopt faster and complete their studies quicker. However, students coming from foreign countries with a burden of language barrier experience many challenge(Adams, Banks, & Olsen, 2011).

Their education time in the foreign countries depend on how faster they will learn the new language. For this reason, we realize that due to communication barrier, learning is affected and these students perform poor compared to their counterparts who are in the same class but understand the language better. In addition to this, foreign students come across culture shock. For example, a Chinese student studying in US will suffer from culture shock due to different lifestyles. We have also heard of cases where students fail to adapt to the environment and weather in foreign countries hence affecting their education. Some of the students coming from the tropics complain of varying temperatures and different seasons of the weather and this affects their learning process. The difference in standards of life in a foreign country and local country poses a big challenge to students seeking to study abroad. Most of the students rush to study abroad having not planned on how to survive there. It is evident that living standards are higher in developed countries compared to developing countries. For this reason, cost becomes a major issue that hinder many students from seeking oversees training.

We have heard cases of students suffering for lack of basic needs hence end up as thieves and are deported back to their home countries. For quite a long time it has been difficult for many students to seek oversee training and learning in Germany(Drexler & Campbell, 2011). This is because of increased cases of discrimination. Most of the foreign students complain of discrimination in foreign countries hence this deter many students from seeking higher education. Foreign students have also experienced cases f their student visas being terminated before the completion of their education. Most of the foreign students have complained about long procedures of applying for new visas.

In addition to this, some of the students have terminated their studies prematurely due visa issues. However, there some foreign students who have championed oversee education and become good leaders and work personnel. They also enjoy higher pay and high socio-economic life compared to their counterparts at home. However, in some cases students studying in foreign countries have faced discrimination in employment based on lack of experience in their language, culture, and educational background(Gullekson, Tucker, Coombs Jr., & Wright, 2011). Despite these facts, some foreign companies prefer to employ graduates from foreign countries to appeal to cultural diversity and they use it as a marketing tool.

Another disadvantage of studying abroad is that foreign students cannot do credit transfers due to incompatibility of courses in foreign universities and colleges. Some students also face the problem of courses being so rigorous in foreign countries and this affects their performance. Alternatively, studying in foreign countries has a comparative advantage of broadening ones network and relationship. This means that while back at home you already have established international contacts and find internships, work places, and recommendation letters for prospective employers. International students tend to feel homesick and miss their families and friends. This detachment from family and friends back at home tend to affect their performance(Morais & Ogden, 2011).


In summary, it is evident that the disadvantages related to seeking oversees studies overweigh the advantages. This is in relation to language barrier, increased costs, and lack of credit transfer, culture shock, homesickness, academic visa challenges, discrimination in foreign countries, and many other problems.


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