According to a recent report, International student market in the UK is worth more than 17 Billion dollars and Nigeria is the 3rd largest country after China and India that’s sending a large number of its students to the UK. The number of Nigerians who subscribe to foreign education is undoubtedly on the increase. Despite increase in the number of privately owned Universities and other higher institutions across the country, thousands of students continue to seek admissions in foreign schools in the US, UK and other countries. Most parents seem to be certain that foreign education would afford their children a better standard of education - which would better their lot in life; a standard which cannot be attained in the institutions at home.
Why no one should blame parents who can afford to send their children abroad for quality education, does that mean that foreign education guarantees success at all cost? There are quite a number of factors that parents should consider before making the ultimate decision of enrolling their children in foreign schools.
In this article, we have summarised reasons you may want to consider foreign education for your dear child. We have also provided reasons foreign education might NOT be the best option for your child most especially in this current economic recession. Please enjoy!
Why You May Want to Consider Foreign Education
- Foreign Education Helps Students Understand Diversity
Schooling abroad exposes students to people of different cultures and backgrounds. In some schools abroad, students from almost all parts of the world are well represented in the different departments, thereby, providing students the opportunity to understand and appreciate the heterogeneous nature of the human society. Some students are able to learn additional languages while schooling, while others make it a goal to explore foreign cultures and ways of life of other peoples. All of these avenues afford foreign students opportunity to widen their horizon and become better individuals.
- Foreign Education Broadens Children’s World View
Resulting from exposure to various peoples; cultures, cuisines, languages and experiences, foreign students’ world view usually undergo significant changes. The totality of their beliefs about reality and life is broadened and their philosophy of life is greatly influenced. Exposure to ways of life of different people usually broadens foreign students’ horizons and this might in turn reflect on their thoughts and decision making processes. Exposure to other parts of the world through foreign education is in fact a good way of learning and it is very seamless. Such foreign exposure engenders confidence and assertiveness in foreign students that their counterparts at home may not have. So, your child would definitely imbibe certain foreign cultures and ways of life during his study abroad. We hope this would not erode his/her rich indigenous culture!
- Foreign Education Teaches Students Self-Reliance
The boarding school experience helps students learn how to survive in an environment without their parents. But foreign education does more; it provides a unique opportunity for students to learn how to be self-reliant and make right decisions independently. When children are far away from home, they learn how to do things by themselves and find their ways out of whatever circumstances they find themselves. This ability to make wise decisions and be self-reliant would affect their lives positively in other endeavours in life.
- Foreign Education Enhances Good Communication skills
Ability to communicate more fluently and effectively is one of the advantages of foreign education. For example, as a result of communicating constantly with foreign students whose mother tongue is English language, a foreign student tends to learn how to articulate himself or herself better in English Language. This is as a result of the influence from the original users of the language. Ability to express oneself effectively in the English language is highly valued and appreciated back home; good communication skills would likely interest an employer before other things.
Why Foreign Education Might NOT Be Your Best Option
Although, there are thousand and one reasons why foreign education might NOT be your best option, we’ve highlighted just two that we think will make a lot of sense most especially to middle income earning parents.
- Foreign Education Is Very Expensive
Compared with all public schools and some private schools in Nigeria, foreign education is very expensive. Take for example, a $25,000 worth post-graduate programme for one student in the United States can pay for more than five students’ post-graduate courses in Nigeria. For parents considering foreign education, it is advisable that they count the cost of foreign education to the very last so that their children would not get stranded in the middle of the programme. Some parents may mistake the fee for a school session for that of the whole school years and this may cause unnecessary financial constraints. Parents need to make sure that they are armed with sufficient information about the financial implication of schooling abroad before making that ultimate decision.
- Foreign Education Does Not Guarantee Automatic Employment
Gone are the days when foreign students upon their return home were absorbed by choice companies automatically. Of course, employers still value foreign trained candidates but due to the limited availability of jobs, employers like to employ candidates who would perform best in any working environment, foreign trained or not. Some organizations may not even want to employ foreign trained because they may not be able to afford their salaries. So, foreign accent and a foreign university certificate no longer suffice these days. Every employer wants to employ young people who would deliver and add significant value to the organisation, foreign trained or not, especially in this receding economy.
At this juncture, do you think foreign education is the best for your child? Well, the decision is absolutely yours.
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I'm at a point where that decision needs to be made
Thanks for the article
I will like to see myself abroad as a student. what can I do?