Most U.K. students want to study abroad, as long as they go to English-speaking countries
July 28, 2011
According to a recent survey conducted by graduate recruitment website Milkround, roughly 75 percent of surveyed students from the U.K. are thinking about postgraduate study abroad programs. Studying abroad gives students the chance to experience a new culture, which is what a majority of the respondents claim was their reason for considering overseas education.
More than half of the respondents are hesitant to consider studying in a foreign country where English is not the primary language, which is why the top countries for studying abroad were found to be Australia, the U.S. and Canada.
For the 37 percent of students who did express interest in learning a second language and the 25 percent who want to improve a language they already know, Germany, Spain and France were the top choices.
"Learning a second language opens doors in the graduate jobs market, particularly if you're looking for a career in business or finance," said Milkround spokesman Mike Banard.
Regardless of where they study, students may face bouts of homesickness. International calling cards can help them stay in touch with their loved ones, and hearing familiar voices can ease the pains of being far from home.