Are you interested in studying abroad and exploring everything the world has to offer, but not sure where to go? Here are a few tips and insights that might help you narrow down your decision.
The benefits of studying abroad
Choosing to study abroad is one of the greatest gifts you can give your future-self, simply because it offers unique benefits and experiences that you won’t be able to get by staying in your comfort zone. Though it’s not always an easy decision to move away from home (and it might seem scary at first) living abroad will give you a worldly-ness and first-hand cultural immersion like no other. You’ll make friends that will become your surrogate family, you’ll gain independence and confidence, expand your world view, (hopefully) learn a new language and enrich your resume – gaining one-up on your competitors when it comes to applying for your dream job.
Why should you consider Asia?
In recent years, Asia’s become an increasingly popular destination for study-abroad programs, and if you’re looking for an adventure, we think it’s a destination you should definitely consider.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. The future of Asia is now
Asia is the biggest and fastest-growing continent in the world, hosting over 60% of the world’s global population. According to a PWC report, China is set to become the world’s most powerful economy by 2030. Also in the top 25 list are Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Asia’s a growth engine that’s driving the global economy, and it’s at the forefront of defining the most innovative jobs of the 21st century. If you’re looking to the future, Asia really is the most exciting place to be.
2. Asia offers world-class education
Traditionally, Europe and the USA have been the most solicited destinations for higher education, as parents and employers believed they were home to the world’s best universities. But the quality of education in Asia has been gaining track, with some of the world’s top universities (like, Yale, NYU and EHL) planting hubs in countries like Japan, Singapore, Hong-Kong and China. Now, you get a world-class education, while experiencing something uniquely different, too.
3. It’s every globe-trotter’s dream
Asian cultures are awe-inspiring, offering unique architecture, history, art, food and cultural experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. And travelling within Asia’s really easy, affordable and quick, making it easy to city hop and see it all on a student budget. From its cities with populations the size of Canada, to its remote islands with breathtaking views, Asia’s the ideal place to satisfy your wander-lust.
4. It looks great on your resume
According to a study, more than 80% of employers actively seek graduates who have studied abroad. And with Asia’s growing economic and political role, companies are increasingly looking for candidates who have experience living, studying and working in Asia. Having that gives you a leg up – and shows employers that you’re open-minded, creative, flexible and ready to take on just about any new challenge.
Where should you study hospitality & leisure in Asia?
If you’re interested in studying hospitality & leisure, Asia offers excellent opportunities for you to choose from. But choosing a university can be a difficult and stressful decision. After all, it’s where you’ll be spending the next 4 years of your life.
Here are two things you’ll want to consider:
- Rankings: The best place to start is by looking at the global university rankings for the hospitality & leisure sector. Currently, the Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne (EHL) is still ranked n°1 in hospitality and leisure education – and it just so happens that EHL will be opening its Singapore campus in the fall of 2021.
- Finding a good fit: When picking a campus, you’ll want to make sure it feels right for you. If possible, try to go visit the campus, and get a feel for the ambiance, and whether you can see yourself fitting in with the other students, school culture and city.