Every year many students from all around the world go on an internship abroad. Why is doing an internship abroad as popular as never before? We are happy to explain that to you. These are 5 reasons why you should do your internship abroad!
An internship abroad broadens your horizons. You may still be living with your parents and you are going to live on your own for the first time. That is already a big step, but when you are going to live abroad it is even more exciting. However, standing on your own feet gives a wonderful feeling! From booking your flight ticket to immersing yourself in a new culture, you are going to do it all yourself. Saving yourself in a new and less familiar environment is a cool challenge and you during this process you will learn a lot about yourself. You find yourself in a situation that allows you to automatically reflect on your habits, norms and values.
Research has shown that students with foreign experience on their CV will find a job faster. It says a lot about someone who has lived abroad independently as a student. If you are a graduate and you want to apply for a job, they are more likely to choose you if you have experience abroad. You have experience working in another country with a different language and culture. But it is perhaps even more important that your future employer sees that you have guts and are not afraid of the unknown.
Immerse yourself in a culture during your internship abroad. This way you not only get to know a new culture, but also look at your own culture from a different perspective. Often you do not think about how it is in your home country. It is all so obvious how we do everything in our home countries. You will find out that not everything is as obvious as you always thought.
If you go to Spain on a holiday for a week once a year, you will be fine if you know how to order a beer in English. However, if you want to do an internship abroad for six months, it is useful that you speak a good word of English. Do not worry, once you are abroad, you will have mastered the language quickly enough. Guaranteed that your English will get a lot better in a few weeks, than in all those years that you have taken English lessons. As soon as you do an internship abroad, you will have a much better command of both English and the language spoken in that country.
Ask people around you who have studied or interned abroad about their time abroad. 9 out of 10 people will tell you with a big smile and a good dose of enthusiasm that it was an unforgettable experience. This is not without reason: during your internship abroad, you get to know a lot of new people and make friends for life. In addition to gaining work experience, it is of course a great experience to make new friends and enjoy your time in another country together. Finally, you also automatically build an international network that will certainly be very useful in your life.