Increasing numbers of students are choosing to study abroad. To what extent does this trend benefit the students themselves and the countries involved? What are the drawbacks?

May 25, 2021 / General / 3:17 pm


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Increasing numbers of students are choosing to study abroad. To what extent does this trend benefit the students themselves and the countries involved? What are the drawbacks? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


It is generally seen that the number of students who opt for studying abroad is climbing steadily. This trend definitely has visible advantages for the migrant students as well as for the countries involved in this process. As a coin has two sides, this trend too has its own disadvantages.

From the students’ perspective, this move would give them access to the top-ranked universities, which are recognized globally. It would also give them exposure to diverse cultures and traditions, which would help them in their future endeavors. For the country which they migrate to is benefitted financially, as the more number of students they can accommodate, the stronger their economy becomes. They can also benefit from their services, during their stay, such as part-time jobs and other intellectual works. Finally, the country which sends them abroad expects their service and financial assistance in a long run and in most cases either or both can turn favorable.

On the flip side, the exorbitant cost involved is the major challenge a migrant student faces. Even if they work part-time all through their legal stay there, it would be difficult for most students to compensate the debt they created for their ‘study-abroad programme’. The country which they are accommodated might face some troubles from these students, especially when it comes to social harmony. For example, in many countries migrant students are considered inferior and treated in a similar way by the local population. The worst issue the native country would face is the brain drain, as they lose a considerable proportion of better performers in specialized areas like medicine and engineering.

 In summary, it can be undoubtedly said that student migration, which is gaining popularity in the current situation fetches both positive and negative effects.

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