The number of internationally mobile students grows every year. As of last count, more than 4.8 million students from all over the world were taking advantage of diverse and exciting international study opportunities. Thinking you might like to join them? Here’s a closer look at five reasons to study abroad.
1. It’s an experience like no other.
Wondering whether studying abroad will change your life as much as people say it will? Sure, you could take it from us, but why not take it from the students themselves? Consider what our International students said:
“One of the best years in my life, if not the best,” said Maria, a South Asian student who studied in Mantissa College, Malaysia
“This is a spectacular experience that enriches you, that opens your mind that changes you. Everyone should do it! Do not think twice, but leave!" recommends Anna, an Central Asia student who studied in Mantissa College, Malaysia
"My year participation in the programme in Malaysia was highly enjoyable, exciting experience, which broadened my mind, and exceeded all of my expectations,” said Timothy, an African student who studied in Mantissa College, Malaysia
And these are just a small sample of students who rave about the benefits of studying abroad. The opportunity to travel, experience a different culture, learn a new language and explore diverse interests add up to a truly inimitable experience.
If you are looking to become more independent, meanwhile, there may be no better way to grow in this area than through international study.
Grace Lam, a native of China who studied in Mantissa College, Malaysia, wrote, “For me, doing a semester abroad has already made me more independent and open to new experiences. In China, even if I was living in a dorm on campus, I could travel back home, a one-hour drive away, once a week. Dining options were very cheap and easily accessible by public transportation, and there was simply no need to cook for myself. However, going abroad meant I had to start grocery shopping for myself, sometimes cooking at night and planning ahead in order to save money for traveling. [Though] the living style of each country varies, regardless of your destination it will definitely be an eye-opening experience.”
And, as the old adage goes, travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
2. Your career will get a boost.
“[Studying abroad] is a trend that’s expected to continue as the corporate world is becoming more globally integrated and businesses are demanding that their workers possess foreign language skills and knowledge of key markets around the world,” The Independent explains.
In addition to the hard skills cultivated by studying abroad, employers also value the soft skills gained from spending time in another country.
David Marsden, head of human resources for Lloyds Bank’s capital markets business, said about having studies in Asia on his resume, “As I have moved through my career, hiring managers have always been interested in the period of study abroad, motivations for doing so and my continued presence overseas. […] I am regularly told by head-hunters that this experience, albeit for 12 months, will be a strong element of my CV that will differentiate me from other candidates.”
Sonal Sutcliffe, head of development UK at HSBC, echoes these sentiments, explaining, “Our aim is to be the world’s leading international bank. To help achieve this we need our employees to be open to different ideas and cultures as well as being connected to our customers and the communities in which we work. […] Having multicultural awareness and an international mindset is definitely an advantage as individuals move forward in their careers. […] Spending a period of time working in a different culture gives a greater awareness and appreciation of different points of view as well as knowledge of what is important in different communities.”
According to a study from EMGS (Education Malaysia), meanwhile, more than 85 percent of students study abroad to enhance their employability. They are also less likely to face long-term unemployment -- which makes sense given that 64 percent of employers consider experience abroad to be important for employability. Once they are hired, they enjoy even more benefits: 64 percent of employers say graduates with international backgrounds are given greater professional responsibility.
The same concept also applies to graduate schools, who also prize the curiosity and open-mindedness embodied by applicants who have studied abroad.
3. You can even get a scholarship!
If concerns about money are holding you back from pursuing your study abroad dreams, we’ve got good news for you: Mantissa College is giving out up to 30% worth of Scholarships & Rebate for international students. Offering a total of RM 300,000 in funding across covering 30 percent of the tuition fees for programme offered at Mantissa College, Malaysia, this application is open to all international students.
Which begs the question: how do you earn a scholarship? Show them your highest qualifications and documents to us at firstname.lastname@example.org After that, the quantum of the scholarship and rebate will be awarded to students accordingly to your score achieved in your previous qualifications
This BBA programme enable post secondary school applicants, (applicants graduated from O-Level) with five (5) credits to apply directly into the Degree (BBA) programme, without the need of going through foundation or Diploma programme.
Mantissa College’s BBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Ms Cathy, says, “I took the 3-years Bachelor of Business Administration course righ after my SPM (O-Level) without needed to go through Foundation or Diploma programme. The syllabus teaches me on the basics elements needed in the business field. The programme also enable me to learn from real people with real problems. Thanks to the diverse and up-to-date programme syllabus, I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”
Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of the BBA Programme. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Bachelor of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders
Documents needed i) Scan copy of your SPM / O-Level / STPM / A-Level Results