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4 More subjects you should study abroad

Find out which fields or disciplines really do benefit from being studied in another country, as well as how doing so can help you later on.

Business in another country

Despite recent concerns over the cost of studying abroad for Indian students, those studying Medicine would be best served to study in another country, reports the Deccan Chronicle.

The main reason given was the opportunity for students to work with technology that would otherwise not be available at domestic universities. In some cases, it may even work out less expensive to study overseas i.e. where there are international scholarships to take advantage of. In some countries, higher education is not well-invested in and as a result, there is a lack of quality institutions.

Below we list four more fields or disciplines which students would benefit from studying them abroad:



Going to another country to sharpen your language skills makes sense. You’ll be surrounded by the language and will have many, many more opportunities to improve your competency in the interactions you'll have outside the classroom – there’s only so many scenarios where reciting your date of birth will help. You’ll also benefit from exposure to all other aspects of a culture which you could only previously imagine from books and online resources. In fact, it makes learning a language in a country in which it is not spoken, seem rather redundant.



Having an understanding of international markets can be the key to opening up a whole host of career opportunities for you. Business is an international language, and companies are constantly expanding to new, emerging markets due to globalisation; for that, they need people on the ground who know what does and doesn’t work in those areas. New countries are too developing as key leaders in particular fields – China being just one notable example – and they’re no longer simply copying what traditional superpowers have been doing; instead, they are defining their own rules for success, and being at the forefront of these changes can pay off.


Travel and Hospitality

And when those important people in suits do go out of the country on business, they need to focus on the job at hand and be assured that everything else it taken care off. Customs and behaviour vary greatly according to location – something which is culturally-accepted in one country, may be considered rude in another. Even if you work in just one place for the rest of your career, having an understanding and appreciation for practices elsewhere will allow you to cater to the various nationalities that come to you. The airline, tourism and hotel sectors are all about making customers feel comfortable in new places; if you can illustrate that you have some specialist knowledge of where they come from, this can go a long way.

As individuals, most of us love the new and unfamiliar as a means of leisure; however, it is always nice to have someone familiar to take us by the hand when we do. 


Computer Science and IT

With nearly every process now digitised, working in a computing field means you can almost guarantee a job for yourself when you graduate – in other words, it’s a good direction to be moving into! As we said above, for companies moving into new markets, those with I.T. and Computing expertise are essential to conducting business in the 21st century. While some countries may have better access to the latest systems, fortunately computing is very much uniform no matter where you go e.g. everyone knows what ‘HTML’ is. This means that what you learn in one country really does carry over to another.



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Business in another country

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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