If you’ve ever wanted to travel abroad as a Nigerian, there’s no doubt there are several misconceptions you’ve come across. I’ll be looking at these myths commonly passed as the truth. Let’s go.
Several folks plan on obtaining a degree from one foreign university or the other but they’re skeptical and slowing down on their dreams because of some misinformation or certain things they heard that may be wrong.
The truth is that most of these rumors and myths emanate from people who know little or nothing about the process.
For instance, some people spread fake news of requirements needed to obtain admission from a foreign university or study in a foreign land.
When this news gets to unsuspecting applicants, they begin to panic and doubt their chances of success.
So, today I’ll be discussing some study abroad myths that people keep sharing, and you may have heard. The aim is to try and correct some of these wrong assertions and impressions.
Study abroad is very expensive: The truth is that the cost of studying abroad is relative and depends on a number of factors.
Some include the country you want to migrate to, available scholarship opportunities, length of stay, and course of study.
There are quite a number of countries that do not charge a penny as tuition fees from both local and foreign students. For example, all public schools in Germany are free. Hence, nothing is demanded as a tuition fee.
The government of Germany even permits foreign students to do a bit of work to aid their survival in the country.
On the other hand, if you have not been awarded a scholarship and you plan to study in countries like the United States of America or the UK, you may have to pay a huge sum for tuition, accommodation, and other special campus facilities.
Only blacks and Africans study abroad: This isn’t true. A lot of Europeans and South Americans leave their country in search of knowledge. Asians and Asian Americans are not left behind too.
Anyone who wants to travel to another country for educational purposes can do so as long as he/she can foot the bill. There are quite a number of foreign students in Nigerian universities too.
Study abroad scholarship programs are not many: This is false. There are thousands of scholarship programs available to people seeking to study one course or the other in another country.
Some colleges, organizations, and countries have also devices a framework for admitting international students for little or no tuition fee. All that it takes is to be on the lookout for these opportunities and apply for any such programs.
Study abroad is all about play: This is relative and it depends on what you want for yourself at the end of the whole program. Truth be told, study abroad is all about academic and educational engagements.
It is not all about sightseeing and playing. It is a serious adventure that can make or mar your future depending on how you handle it. It is also a time to build a network and connections. The decision to study abroad is no joke. It is a serious business.