Advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad: train your children in Spain
A difficult challenge for any student’s parents is weighing up the pros and cons of having their children complete their studies in a foreign country. The truth is that the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad vary depending on the destination country chosen.
That’s why we at Slam International are going to go over what these advantages and disadvantages are, in general. And once we know these, we will see why Spain is an ideal country to study abroad.
Advantages of studying abroad
Why study abroad? These are the main advantages:
- Students leave their comfort zone and tutelage, so they learn to overcome by themselves the difficulties and challenges that may arise in their daily routine.
- They get to know other cultures and ways of understanding life.
- Personal relationships are established, at an international level, which can be of great value in the future.
- You quickly acquire a high level of knowledge of the foreign language and fluency in oral comprehension and expression.
- The academic level can be equal or superior to that of the country of origin.
What are the possible disadvantages of having your children study abroad?
While the advantages of going abroad to study are fully objective, there is only one disadvantage: the total cost of the education process may be higher than in the home country.
However, the remaining disadvantages are subjective and the result of objections from parents or students themselves. These subjective disadvantages include:
- The fear that some negative event (such as an accident or illness) will occur in the host country.
- Fear that the student will not adapt to the customs and usages of the foreign country.
Doubts about the academic standard of the chosen country.
- Fear of temporary separation from family and friends.
The good news is that these supposed disadvantages have no reason to exist if you choose a country that meets your expectations.
Why studying in Spain is a good option
And that is the case of Spain, a European nation that has all the conditions for any student, regardless of their nationality, to excel in their studies and enjoy their stay in the country. Among the reasons for choosing Spain as a country to study, we have:
A high quality and academically demanding education system
Spain is home to some of the best colleges and universities on the European continent. In this respect, we would like to add that at Slam International we have academic programmes of the highest level, entirely taught in Spain and designed to adapt to the needs of students from other countries.
Excellent international connections
It is a member of the European Union with all international connections, which makes it easy for students to visit other countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
In addition, the journey to the country of origin, whatever it may be, is a matter of hours; there are many daily air connections to the most distant countries, such as the USA or China.
A welcoming and diverse country, steeped in culture and tradition
A culturally diverse country with a rich history and multiple traditions. Studying in Spain allows international students to soak up this culture, in which Roman, Christian and even Arab roots intermingle and coexist. It is this cultural mix that makes Spaniards very welcoming to visitors from other countries.
Knowing how to speak Spanish is a competitive advantage
A thorough knowledge of Spanish is a plus in today’s world. It is the fourth most widely used language in the world, behind only English, Chinese and Hindi.
Around 550 million people use Spanish as their native language, not counting those who use it without being natives of Spain or Spanish-speaking countries.
Affordable cost of living
Compared to other European countries, the cost of daily life in Spain is very affordable. Therefore, if the aim is to reduce costs as much as possible, this point should be taken into account.
There are many opportunities for foreign students to get a job, either to obtain additional income or to complement their academic training.
In Spain there is a high demand for people with a good command of a foreign language. In this sense, English, Chinese, German and French are the most valued languages.
First class medical services
Spain stands out in Europe and worldwide for the excellence of its health system. In the event of illness or accident, foreign students will receive first class medical care, whether they use public or private health services.
A fully developed rule of law
Finally, there is one last reason why Spain is the first choice when it comes to studying abroad: it is a developed country whose rule of law guarantees the highest level of legal and personal security to any foreign citizen.
In the event of an incident or accident, the student from another country enjoys all the legal and procedural guarantees, without any risk of inappropriate behaviour or arbitrary conduct on the part of the authorities.
Having outlined the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad, especially in Spain, we would like to add that at Slam International we have all the means at our disposal to plan these future studies and to carry out the procedures that make it possible to carry them out, including the management of accommodation and sporting and socio-cultural activities.