Discuss and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages for an international student of studying at a university in Britain.
Nowadays more and more students want to study abroad, mostly because it gives them the opportunity to become independent and more responsible in life. The most popular choice is Britain, because today the world’s most widely spoken language is English. Choosing education among native speakers gives you a distinct advantage in the study and in subsequent search for a job. However, for all the positive aspects of making such an important decision, people need to be realistic and take into account the difficulties that may arise. First of all, the biggest advantage is of course learning English perfectly. Students who come first time to study in another country have a communication barrier and as the work of Hughes (2004) illustrates being in this environment helps them to overcome it. In addition, living in a new country broadens your mind. Experiencing new cultures, interacting with people of various backgrounds and seeing different way of life has a positive effect on people. They experience other ideas and values, see different social norms and lifestyles. People also might see something new in themselves or discover new interests. Secondly and most importantly, British diplomas and certificates are the most prestigious in the world and are recognized by all employers without exception. It also looks really good on the CV that you studied abroad, as it means that you were living alone at an early age and became independent a lot earlier than most people. Another advantage of studying in England is that it is very interesting and fun giving that United Kingdom is a multinational country. For many thousands of families from all over the world it has become a second home, where they brought their culture, customs and traditions. It can also be very useful to know the history of other countries and to have friends with different cultures....
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