Do you want to study abroad? Are you planning to attend an exchange program during your holidays at work or college? Let us explain the benefits of our program.
In addition to being fully interchangeable, even as a short-term program, this type of international exchange is ideal for professionals or students who wish to improve their skills and knowledge, experience a new area of work, or even take a course of personal interest, taking advantage of this time off of the routine.
Generally, there are winter or summer courses and they have an average duration of 4 to 8 weeks. The common thing is that it’s an immersion program, that is to say, the exchange student will live, study, speak the language and interact with natives speakers. This way, it’s possible to achieve effective results and a great use of learning.
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However, to reach this goal, it’s recommended that the student have some previous knowledge of the language. After all, it’s quite difficult to start from scratch and make satisfactory progress in just a few weeks.
THERE ARE SOME BENEFITS YOU CAN GET FROM ATTENDING AN EXCHANGE DURING YOUR HOLIDAYS, CHECK THEM HERE:
1) IMPROVING VOCABULARY AND PRONUNCIATION QUICKLY
By being constantly exposed to an English environment, the student will have to communicate, and consequently they will expand their knowledge and their domain of the language by necessity.
When they leave their classes, and when they need to go to a supermarket or ask for information on the streets, all of this will be done in English, which encourages and makes the learning process easier and faster.
2) GET TO KNOW DIFFERENT CULTURES
Even if for four or eight weeks, an exchange student will have contact with people from different nationalities, with different opinions, values, they will taste different food and also customs. And that makes them aware of different opinions on certain subjects and it broadens their horizons. The differences allow new evaluations and rich experiences of great value for all personal and professional aspects.
In addition, the student will have contact with the culture of the country, such as weather, food, the city, people, among others.
3) EXPANDING YOUR CONTACT LIST AND IMPROVING YOUR CV
For professionals, or even for those who are still looking for a job, the period abroad can be a great opportunity to expand networking and get to know some people with the same goals that can provide you some important future opportunities.
In addition, most companies value the periods lived abroad, because they understand the gain that this stage can bring to the employee, in the sense of making him entrepreneurial, innovative, tolerant, more experienced in dealing with difficult situations.
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4) TESTING INDEPENDENCE
Although the time in another country is relatively short, there are several situations that will put their initiative and emotional control to the test. There will be no family or friends around to help them. The exchange student takes full responsibility for themselves. This is an excellent opportunity to develop self-confidence and independence. They will easily notice how different they will be whenever they return to their country.
5) GET TO KNOW DIFFERENT PLACES
In your days off, it’s possible and it’s advisable to get to know the sights of the city, its museums, restaurants and bars. Talking with locals is an excellent opportunity to put the language to the test.
If you are here in Ireland, it’s very easy to travel to other countries over the weekend, such as France, Holland, England, among others.
With all that we talked about, you no longer have an excuse not to venture into an exchange during your holidays. Short-term programs are effective to acquire knowledge and they fit perfectly to the period you have free. Enjoy!
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