We are very fortunate to live in a time where we can not only work anywhere in the world, but study, too. We know that going abroad to university has been popular over the years, but more and more families are opting for international boarding schools. There are so many benefits to attending an international boarding school, from cross cultural learning to increase responsibility and independence.
Unsure on moving to an international boarding school? We have listed 5 benefits below!
International boarding school isn’t just your usual academic setting – there is usually a lot more flavour to the lessons, as well as more opportunity to input your point of view. The increased cultural background makes for some interesting perspectives, perhaps things you wouldn’t usually learn in an ordinary history lesson! This also means lessons are much more than the standard academic text book.
Meet new people
If you go to school in your hometown, you are subject to the same peers throughout your school years. This isn’t always a bad thing, but moving to an international boarding school means you get to meet a whole host of new people, from different backgrounds with different experiences, making your social life much more interesting! The thing you all have in common at an international boarding school – is that you are all away from home, in a different environment, with different friends and teachers. You are all in the same boat – whereas you would usually work your way up in years with the same peers. This can seem daunting at first, but you all share the experience of being away from home, which can help you feel more comfortable and settle quicker, knowing you are not alone or alienated. It will help you grow and hopefully make quicker, deeper connections, which can be a difficult task when moving schools, and country!
Learn new language(s)
Not only is there more opportunity to learn a range of languages in the classroom, but with peers from all over the world, these lessons tend to extend outside of the classroom too and into social life and conversations. A learning curve not everyone gets to experience in a standard school!
An open mind
To live and learn in an international boarding school, means you will be constantly accompanied by a range of different peers, with different religions, backgrounds, language and point of views. More than just your local school, which is restricted to those living in the local area. By surrounding yourself with a range of different perspectives, you enhance and grow your own world views, ideas, perspectives and experiences. Inturn, you learn to become more tolerant and open minded with differing opinions.
Become more independent
When you attend an international boarding school, you will be there 24/7. Of course, you will have adult and teacher supervision, but you will not be in your usual home setting with your parents. This means there is an increased responsibility as you adapt to live life outside of your usual home environment. In boarding school, it is likely you mature quicker as you learn to take responsibility for yourself and your actions much earlier on than if you were in state school. This benefits you greatly as you prepare for adult life, outside of academic life.