WORTH THE TRIP?
Many universities offer exchange programmes for their students, commonly in the second or third years of university education. But are they really worth it? This article aims to educate parents on the significance of exchange programmes. Parents should heed the following advice and share it with their children.
For a start, regardless of country, the child will learn and embrace new cultures as he goes abroad for exchange. Meeting people of different cultures will help him develop a greater sense of awareness and emotional intelligence about the world. This cultural sensitivity may be useful to him later on in life, helping him to relate to his foreign colleagues. The world being increasingly globalised, this is a principal skill for youths to possess.
Studying and living overseas will teach the child to be more independent. Like it or not, he will have to take care of himself, maintain a semblance of orderliness in the dormitory, balance school work and social life, solve myriad little problems throughout his overseas stint – without Mommy and Daddy. This will make him appreciate the things he has always taken for granted at home.
Students need not worry too much about their grades while on exchange. Some universities do not require the exchange partner’s grades to be reflected on their course grades. However, it is best to check with the university first. If that’s the case, students can spend more time enjoying what the place has to offer culturally, artistically, socially.
There are many university aids that help subsidise the cost of an exchange. Some universities even pay for airfare. Check with the university what aids they have in place for exchange students.
Exchange programmes enrich student’s university experience and it is a big step towards achieving holistic development whilst in university.