Top 10 reasons to Study Abroad at Roehampton

Studying abroad not only provides you with unforgettable experiences it also helps you to mature as a person. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should study abroad.

1. London!

When you aren't busy studying you will be out exploring the many sights and sounds of London, . A truly multicultural and diverse city you will enjoy many new experiences– stroll along the Southbank of the river Thames, eat a curry on the famous Brick Lane and see Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre! There is a whole range of incredible student discounts on offer making London much easier to access on a student budget. View further information.

2. Roehampton!

The University of Roehampton is a friendly, modern, lively academic community with a growing international reputation for the high quality of its teaching and research.

Our academic teaching staff work at the cutting edge of their subjects, which means their teaching is based on the very latest knowledge. Unlike many other universities, all of our students are taught by research-active academic staff from their first year of study, which means you will study with staff working at the cutting-edge of their subjects. Our size means that you'll get to know your lecturers and fellow students, giving you a personal learning experience.

3. Employers love study abroad students

Moving and adapting to a new country and culture hones skills such as the ability to work collaboratively with teams of people from a range of backgrounds and countries; problem-solve and cross-cultural competency, all key skills that employers look for in graduates (NCUB, 2011).

The Institute of International Education notes the following:

  • An assessment by the University System of Georgia found the students who studied abroad had a 17.8% higher 4-year graduation rate than those who did not study abroad.
  • Indiana University reported that study abroad students earned higher grades and completed degrees in four years at a higher rate than their peers.
  • An analysis by the SAGE Research Project of 6,000 alumni over 50 years demonstrates that study abroad has a substantial long-term impact on individuals' career paths and global engagement.

The market for high-skilled graduates is becoming increasingly global. Spending a period abroad will help your CV/resume stand out from the crowd and provide you with some great evidence for when you get to interview stage.

4. You will see your subject in a new light

Teaching styles are likely to be very different to your home university; you will adapt to a different way of learning and see your subject in a new light, giving you a renewed vigour with which to approach your studies. You will also bring a different perspective to the classroom, enriching the in class debate and making your work more original.  

5. You will make loads of new friends

You will be living and studying with Roehampton students from over 130 countries. The collegiate campus experience will help you to really integrate into the community and your new friends can teach you a lot about different cultural values - they probably have comfortable couches you can crash on in the future too!

6. Immerse yourself in British University life

Roehampton is London's campus university. You'll benefit from the best of both worlds: a traditional campus university experience with the bustling heart of central London just six miles away.

You'll live, learn and socialise alongside British and international students.

As a student at Roehampton, you'll automatically be a member of the Roehampton Students' Union. This means you can join any of the teams/clubs//societies they organise such as the weekly Bop in the campus bar. Here's a list of all the societies

7. Travel

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to travel and explore. Study in London but spend your weekends in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stonehenge. Of course London is a great jumping off point to major European cities such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona. Roehampton is well situated for access to all London airports and the Eurostar.

8. Independence

You may be travelling outside your country for the first time, although this may be daunting you will learn so much along the way. Each obstacle you overcome will improve your confidence and you will gain a new level of independence.

9. Expand your world view

You will learn about British and European cultures and you will start to see your own country and culture in a new way; this is invaluable. You will return home with a more tolerant, informed view of the world and how you fit into it.

10. You will have the experience of a lifetime

Anyone who has ever studied abroad will tell you that it is a life changing experience and hopefully all of this has given you an insight as to why.

By embarking on this unique opportunity, you will broaden your intellectual and personal horizons. You'll make lifelong friends, immerse yourself in another culture and learn more about yourself than you ever dreamed possible. You'll successfully handle situations outside of your comfort zone, enhance your decision making skills and cross-cultural competencies and return home a more confident, globally minded individual, ready to approach your studies with new energy.

The world will feel smaller and you will have the confidence to work across borders.

So, why not?!