Why go abroad?

Thanks to globalisation, students are increasingly coming into contact with other cultures and international influences, both at home and in everyday life. Student mobility, however, will always be a special experience. In addition to the development of hard and soft skills, students make life-long friends , which is perhaps the best push factor of all. Studying or working abroad is a valuable experience and an incredible adventure that contributes to your CV as well as your personal development. For many, studying or doing an internship abroad is an eye opener: you are confronted with different lifestyles and new ways of thinking, and you are immersed in a different culture, spurring your own personal growth. This unique and rewarding experience is not only good for your personal and professional development. It is also, of course, a great adventure.

Gain professional experience

People in Flanders tend to be quite attached to their hometowns. However, an experience abroad makes you look at the world from a different perspective. On top of that, an international study or work experience can really boost your prospects on the labour market. Research shows that employers appreciate an international experience because they are increasingly aware of the valuable skills that come along with it. These students usually have international knowledge, understand and speak multiple languages, possess strong intercultural communication skills, analytical skills and a better understanding of the differences between cultures. They are more flexible and can adapt more easily to changing circumstances.

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Language and intercultural skills

A stay abroad is seen as proof that you are an independent person, and it will undoubtedly sharpen your social and cultural skills.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to follow classes you cannot find in Flanders or study at a top institution in your field. You will learn to approach issues from an international perspective and to look at your field from a different point of view. Moreover, your period abroad is the ideal moment to learn a new language.

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Create an international network!

A study exchange or internship abroad is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and socialise with fellow exchange students as well as local students.

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