Are you graduating from high school? Did you drop out of university because you did not like it? Did you quit work because your job was not challenging enough? Or do you still not have plans for your summer or winter holiday? Doing a language course will certainly help you focus on what you want in the future, from your career and in your social life. And if you like studying during the mornings and free afternoons, it is both a fantastic and educational way to fill your holidays, whatever age you have.
I am a 19 year old Dutch tourism student and I have done the Spanish language course in Spain a month ago. I really enjoyed my stay and course and I am very interested to learn a new language next year. Out of my experiences I can conclude that doing a language course abroad has a lot of advantages:
One of them is that you will have a better position in the labour market because of your attractive curriculum. You will not only have knowledge of a modern foreign language but also, if you apply for a job whilst abroad (e.g. an office or bar), you will have the chance to practise the language whilst undertaking the language course. This experience has great potential to expand your curriculum even further.
You get to know new friends from all over the world who have same interests as you. They can teach you about their culture and because everybody is in the same position, you will notice that you bond a lot more quickly than back home. You can do your homework together or have a drink in a bar after school, go to the beach, have cultural exchanges, go shopping, cook together or go out for dinner, and much more – all whilst learning the language!
Furthermore, you will explore new parts of the world without being a tourist. Wherever you are in the world, there are always new things to explore that you haven’t seen before. For example: mount the Notre Dame in Paris, France, enjoy a cricket match in Melbourne, Australia, count the bridges in St. Petersburg, Russia, observe the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, admire the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt, visit the Vatican in Rome, Italy, watch a Sumo fight in Tokyo, Japan. And explore much more whilst practising the language with locals and friends.
If you choose to live with local people, you will notice you become immersed in the culture and this will definitely widen your horizons. I guarantee that these experiences will have a positive effect on your educational and personal development.
I imagine you don’t want to study and work until you are retired to enjoy your leisure time and explore new destinations so why not learn a new language now and make new friends from all over the world. So if you are not sure what you want for the future, doing a language course is a great opportunity to find out.
If you are having doubts about which foreign language you would like to learn, this website can help you decide and a course advisor can help you choose. On requesting a free online brochure, you will be contacted by the course advisor to discuss the next steps to enrolling in a language course and widening your horizons.
So what is stopping you? You too can experience all this!