Skills you’ll acquire by studying abroad

Skills you'll acquire by studying abroad

The relevance gained by “soft skills” when finding a job is increasing. Some years ago, academic knowledge was the predominated thing required. However, having good skills to face your day-to-day life is what companies demand today.

Studying language courses abroad, allows you to add academic knowledge to your resume, but also to achieve a large number of the skills mentioned above, among which we will find:

1. Listening ability:

You’ll need to pay more attention to understand a language that’s not maternal.

2. Ability to express yourself:

You will develop communicative skills when speaking in another language.

3. Multicultural vision and awareness:

You will understand and discover new cultures, enriching yourself with them.

4. Patience:

Both to learn the language and to be able to develop in another country.

5. Blending:

Knowing many new people will make you identify with them and live many emotions.

6. Troubleshooting capability:

By not being in your comfort zone, you will have to look for suitable and resolute solutions.

7. Commitment:

You’ll have to depend on yourself and make decisions away from your family and friends.

8. Teamwork:

You will carry out group activities with people from different places, improving your teamwork capacity.

9. Multilingual thinking:

By communicating in another language, you will be able to combine thoughts in your language and in which you communicate.

10. Ability to speak in public:

Interacting and expressing yourself in another language will give you facilities to function in it and yours.

11. Toutogestion and independence:

Facing the challenge of living alone abroad will make you more independent. You’ll have to set your own internal rules to get organized.

12. Written expression capability:

Writing in a language other than yours will make it easy for you to adapt to any other language.

13. Consistency:

Learning to think and read in another language is a great challenge, but it is very satisfying. Your perseverance will be rewarded with a series of skills you will have for life.

14. Self-confidence:

You’ll gain a lot of confidence with such an experience, and that confidence will have come to stay.

15. Integrity:

When you meet so many people from different backgrounds, you’ll see what you value about them.

16. Ambition:

You’ll be clearer than ever what you want to do with your life and you’ll be motivated for everything.

17. Adaptability:

Adapting to the new environment and living with different cultures will make you able to face more difficult situations.

18. Initiative:

You’ll have it as you move through a new environment and make it stand out in front of the rest.

19. Maturity:

Add up all the skills listed, and you’ll have it.

By doing one of the courses offered by Ynsitu,you will develop a serie of skills that will make you stand out, not only when it comes to find a job, but also when it comes to face your daily time. What will be your choice? Explore all our courses!

Top tips for socializing abroad

So, you’ve taken the big step of deciding to study a language abroad, you have everything ready: suitcase, passport, those´ just in case´ essentials…everything. It is at this point that you start worrying “How will I make new friends? I’m not going to know anyone! What if they don’t understand me?” but you mustn´t panic, here are some useful tips on how to get to know and socialise with people from other countries:


1) Be a bit daring

Don’t be scared, don’t let your nerves take over and stop you from maximising from the incredible experience of travelling to a foreign country and getting to know the people there. Of course it’s normal to feel a little nervous whilst embarking on this new and exciting experience and sometimes it’s difficult to take the first step when you have to break the ice with new people.

However there is no better way to learn a language than being fully immersed in the culture.  Be open to meeting and socialising with new people and you’ll see  how you manage to achieve your language goals at the same time as having a truly unforgettable and  rewarding experience.


2) Getting to know people

Whilst studying in a foreign country, whatever language you are studying, it’s important that you develop your communicative skills because this is the main point of studying abroad as it is the best way to learn and improve in a language.

One of the best ways to socialise with the people you meet is to maintain a healthy balance between giving relevant and interesting information about yourself and showing an interest in and asking people about themselves.  Getting to know your classmates and local people and their cultures means you will all learn from each other.

Tell people about your culture, customs and traditions but also about your daily routines, free time and hobbies.  This will not only open the doors for learning a new language but also in the process you will be getting to know new people and having a  rich and interesting cultural experience.



3) Grab each opportunity as they arise

You will be given many opportunities to interact with your classmates and local people. There will be a time and place for everything, academic and personal pursuits.

There will be interesting situations where not only are you learning and practising the language but also initiating contact with many new people who can share their different experiences and perspectives leading to fun and stimulating conversations.


4) Keep up to date

Take advantage of this experience to learn new things and update your knowledge. It is also a good idea to keep a record of your experiences on your social networks. Make friends on your social networks with the new people you meet.

You may not see them for a long once the course is finished and so why not stay in touch with them online. Not only in the short term will this help you to strike up friendships during the course but it also means that you can maintain long term contact with the people you meet and continue practising the language, continue reaching your goals, whilst maintaining your friendship.


5) Share your experience

Adding a bit more to the subject of social networks, in Ynsitu we can vouch for the positive outcomes that come from keeping your friends and followers informed on your  new and exciting exploits . Share all the new and wonderful experiences that you have;  photos, what you’re learning, your thoughts and insights of  your positive experiences. This will help build a bigger and fuller picture of your trip and in turn will interest all with whom you´ve shared.

Whenever possible get the most out of what you´re doing but remember the famous quote from Alexander Supertramp from Into the Wild. “ Happiness is only real when it´s shared.” So, don´t be shy, share your daily experiences online, take a selfie with your classmates and teachers. There is a time and place for everything, grab those unique moments and share them.


We hope that this advice helps open a world full of opportunities and exciting experiences for you. The world is your oyster with Ynsitu!

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