If you are thinking of studying abroad, you’re probably aware that we live in a brave new world where borders and other barriers mean less than they used to. This will influence the choices a person makes when sketching out his future professional trajectory. While a large portion of the worldwide business community speaks some form of English, there are many benefits to being able to handle a conversation in another language, too.
After all the excitement, imagining and planning, actually finding yourself alone in a foreign city can come as a rude shock. Back home, you knew exactly which stores to go to if you wanted to buy new socks, electrician’s tape or candy. Suddenly, even these simple tasks become serious errands. The comfort of seeing familiar faces each day and the emotional support that comes from apparently inconsequential conversations with family are suddenly missing, and time zone differences may mean that they’re already asleep by the time you get up.