10 Reasons to Study Abroad

10 Reasons to Study Abroad
While in 2006 only 37% of employers valued studies and experience abroad, in the latest data that figure has increased to 64%. The facts are irrefutable, between 90% and 95% of students who have studied a master’s degree or an undergraduate degree abroad found work in their field within the first six months following their graduation. The data published by the Institute of International Education (IIE-Abroad Survey) and the University of California show clearly that studying abroad in an international university will obtain great benefits for those wishing to succeed in the world of employment in the short, medium and long term. Moreover, data from the European Commission and the ICEF Monitor show that: 92% of employers are looking for skills and knowledge they often encounter in students or employees who have lived abroad for longer or shorter periods of time. 64% of employers admit to giving greater responsibility to those new employees who have studied and who have worked abroad. Thus, while in 2006 only 37% of employers valued studies and experience abroad, in the latest data that figure has increased to 64%. The average salaries obtained are between € 65,000 and € 200,000 in sectors related to multicultural communication and negotiation, as well as in the various aspects of international business and commercial management according to Simply Hired. In view of the above, there are 10 reasons why studying and working abroad increases our employability as well as our professional, personal, and intellectual development. “The more countries we have lived in, the greater the use of our brain’s plasticity in adapting to changing environments and situations”

  1. Multicultural competences. Direct understanding of other environments, cultures and the world. As Confucius well said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” The more countries we have lived in, the greater will be the use of the plasticity in our brains in adapting to changing environments and situations.
  2. Real learning of other languages and sociocultural immersion in other environments. Language, culture and society are linked, and that combination is only learned in the country of origin under total immersions in the culture and its surroundings. Simultaneous translators know this very well: the real expressiveness of a language is only mastered if its essence is understood.
  3. Exposure to lateral and non-linear vision and thinking. When we study, work and live in other countries using a foreign language, we are forced to break the preprogramming we have been subjected to in our society, culture and religion (linear thinking). This makes us more analytical, creative, dynamic and innovative.
  4. New relationships and international contacts. Expanding and maintaining our network of contacts is one of the cornerstones of social and professional success. Growth is exponential if these relationships cross our borders.
  5. Development of the resolve and proactive attitude based on results and leadership; Improvement of self-esteem, as well as desire and ability to succeed. Leaving the family, social and cultural comfort area leads to the acceleration of intellectual, cognitive, logical and adaptive maturation.
  6. Exposure to new business alternatives and business options. Exposure to services, lifestyles and alternatives fosters our entrepreneurial creativity. Hence, many business ideas and know-how typical of many new startups are fruit of seeing how people live in other countries and how their needs meet.
  7. Maximum valuation of employers. Having studied in an international environment, especially if it has worked simultaneously in other countries, is highly valued by the most prestigious companies.
  8. Development of independence and economic-financial survival skills. In a society in which our students have been directed towards the dependence of the environment – aid, subsidies and unemployment – the international environment redirects them towards self-reliance and survival with scarce means.
  9. Plurality of educational systems, as well as personal management. For better or for worse, there are other systems more flexible, dynamic and plural than Spanish. Adapting to other options gives us new points of view and generates in us additional resources and options that we may not have known before.
  10. Personal challenge and a unique lesson for life. The act of personal improvement and emotional growth that is acquired in other environments, fosters and becomes deeply rooted in our self-esteem and confidence. Although this struggle brings hard times and even frustration, the common denominator that endures is the reminder that the experience of studying and living abroad was worth it, the experience was enriching and, for many of us, fun and unique. By Professor Edgar Barroso – Director of the MBA Program at SIU Madrid Article originally published in Spanish:

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Here and There by Yelizaveta Masalimova

An exhibition dedicated to Yuriy Masalimov (1952-2015)

The etchings, lithographs, and monotypes in Here and There are a sample of the Liza Masalimova’s printmaking work from 2008-2012. The early colorful etchings, made to replicate photographs from her childhood in Ukraine, are starkly contrasted with monochromatic images the artist made following a return voyage to Kiev with her father in 2010. After this trip, her notion of “home” had changed. Memories of childhood that Liza once remembered with nostalgia were forever altered after experiencing this same yet unrecognizable place as an adult. Liza Masalimova (Sukhumi, 1986) lives and works in Connecticut. She holds a MFA from The University of Connecticut and completed a postgraduate residency program at Pennsylvania State University. Here and There is the artist’s first individual exhibition in Spain. Schiller International University – November 17-20, 2016 Opening reception on Friday, November 18 at 20:00 Calle de Joaquín Costa, 20, 28002 Madrid, Spain For more information contact Emily Jenkins, +34 691190303

Exhibición dedicada a Yuriy Masalimov.

Los grabados, las litografías y monotipos en Here and There son una muestra de la obra gráfica de Liza Masalimov desde 2008 a 2012. Los grabados tempranos, llenos de color, están realizados a través de la inspiración de fotografías de su infancia en Ucrania, estas imágenes representan un fuerte contraste con las obras monocromáticas realizadas a la vuelta de su viaje a Kiev, junto con su padre en 2010. Después de este viaje ha cambiado su concepto de lo que es “hogar”. Se han alterado para siempre las memorias de sus primeros años que antes recordaba con nostalgia, después de haber experimentado como adulto los mismos lugares y espacios. Liza Masalimov (Sujumi, 1986) vive y trabaja en Connecticut, EEUU. Ella obtuvo su MFA en la University of Connecticut, y completo un programa postgrado de residencia en Pennsylvania State University. Here and There es la primera exhibición individual de la artista en España. Schiller International University, del 17 al 20 de noviembre de 2016 Inauguración el viernes día 18 de noviembre a las ocho de la tarde Calle de Joaquín Costa, 20, 28002 Madrid Para más información contacta con Emily Jenkins, 691190303

Getting Your Undergraduate Degree Abroad

Could getting your degree in Madrid be an option for you?

You´re about to graduate from high school, there are plenty of great options locally, but is that enough for you? Suzanne Bhagan has a great article titled _10 Advantages of Getting Your Undergraduate Degree Abroad (Besides Being Cooler Than Your Friends)._ A must read if you are looking for something more than just the usual path to college… I´d like to think of it as a merger between a gap year(s) traveling around and university. International universities give you an added advantage that goes beyond a semester abroad, or a year abroad, it delves into the realm of true and unapologetic immersion. Diving in senses alerted, mind opened, ready for anything type of immersion can seem like something that is only for the extreme.

The world is becoming a smaller place, obtaining an entire degree abroad is not as crazy as it might seem at 18.

Many of the European students I come across are used to traveling to another country to pursue their 1st degree. And in recent years, Americans are starting to catch on the incredible benefits that studying your undergraduate degree abroad can have towards your career.

Summarizing Bhagan´s article I would highlight these 3 advantages:

1. Studying your degree abroad will make you stronger

Living in a different culture, with different laws, and in many cases a different language will force you to grow and become better. You will discover things about yourself, you will start noticing all those things you took for granted, things you thought were so right, you´ll find out there are many ways to tackle a problem. If that wasn´t enough, when you come out of the study abroad mill, you will be a leaner, stronger, and better candidate, in many ways years ahead of all your friends who stayed back home.

2. Going abroad could end up being cheaper

Costs of education have skyrocketed in the US. Not only that but living expenses as well. What I paid for my dorm in the first academic year (8 or 9 months in reality) I would´ve spent in Spain for an entire 12 months. Food in Madrid, makes my meal plan (which was great) seem like a barbaric option. Not only is it cheaper but it tastes better.

3. Soft-skills and those things you can only learn by living

As a foreigner, you learn to become a better and more effective communicator. You learn to play on your strengths and downplay your weaknesses. As you open yourself up to a new way of living, you become more creative and a better problem solver. Living on your own also forces you to become a better decision maker and better time manager. Mom and dad are not there to make sure you get things done or guard your every choice.

There are so many advantages to studying abroad but perhaps the one I always see our students taking part in, is the ability to travel to nearby cities and countries, fully engaging with all a culture has to offer. Studying their degree in Madrid has given many of our students the advantage to travel all over Europe, North Africa, and in some cases even Asia… After all, if you´ve made it this far… why not?

A Guide to Getting a Bachelor´s Abroad

Paul Hockenos published a great article last week, A Guide to Getting a Bachelor´s Abroad, for those who are interested in going beyond the usual study abroad exchange semester and are looking for a full immersion. Many international universities have gone as far as removing the language barrier with Bachelor and Master Degree programs entirely in English while studying in places like France, Spain, and Germany. There are several universities available, among the top options, the author mentions Schiller International University an American private university that offers students the possibility to study in its campuses in Florida, Heidelberg – Germany, London, Madrid and Paris. SIU´s multi-campus approach allow students to study in 5 different countries and obtain degrees accredited in the US and in the EU under the Bologna Treaty.

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