Beyond the Books: What Studying Abroad Can Do for You
Studying abroad is something many people aspire for, because it presents a lot of opportunities to widen one’s horizon and gain a new perspective on the world we live in. Being in a new environment can be challenging, but the upside is that it allows you to develop that ability to adapt to, and deal with, diverse situations, which can prove to be invaluable on the journey to success.
As far as academics and professional career is concerned, studying abroad can pave the way to a successful future. It also affords you that chance to discover yourself and grow as an individual, all the while gaining an understanding of a bigger world around. Immersing yourself in a new language, a new culture, and a tradition that’s poles apart from your own can impart valuable learnings that go beyond the confining four walls of a classroom.
A young lawyer who recently graduated from the UP College of Law, Maria Ara Garcia, wanted to continue her studies and pursue a Masters in environmental law abroad. Making this decision was one thing; getting herself into a program at her chosen university is a completely different story.
Armed with a strong determination to make her dream happen, Garcia sought the help of IDP Philippines, one of the leading providers of global education services and IELTS exams in the country. It was through her cousin who was also successfully placed by the organization at a university abroad that she found out about its services, and she couldn’t be more grateful that she was introduced. “IDP guided me through every step of the way, from the university application to the accomplishment of my student visa requirements. They provided me with everything I needed to know and answered all my questions,” says Garcia. “It was also a major factor how they were very easy to get in touch with, and would reply almost immediately through email, text, or phone call. And they help you out for free, unlike other student placement agencies that charge fees for their services. All these really made the application process a lot more convenient.”
Garcia, who has always dreamt of living in New Zealand, is now studying at the University of Auckland, which is home to one of the best Environmental Law programs in the Asia-Pacific region. “I have just finished a semi-intensive class called Mining and Natural Resources Law. The course was taught by a very prominent lawyer and widely-published author specializing in environmental law. Last month, we went on a field trip to the gold mines and wind farms in Northern Auckland. It was a very enjoyable and educational trip and I am very thankful to have been part of it,” she excitedly shares, adding that she has learned a lot about the environmental laws in New Zealand.
To open doors to more students who want to study abroad, IDP Philippines is hosting the Study Abroad Expo 2015 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on the 10th, at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel Lahug on the 11th, and at SMX Davao on the 13th. IDP is providing free counseling and seminar to students who are interested. To register, go to www.idp.com/philipines/flightidp or contact the IDP offices at (02) 8160755 loc 116 (Manila) and (032) 2362758 (Cebu). Students may bring their valid passport, IELTS results (if available), and Transcript of Records. Admission is free, so go now, register online, join the expo, and find out what the future holds for you.