What Study around the world share experience about studying abroad? - Nopo

What Study around the world share experience about studying abroad?

Marta Bilas, 25 years old

Place of study: TASIS in Switzerland (American School in Switzerland), after which she obtained a bachelor’s degree (Hons) from Bournemouth University (United Kingdom, Bormuth) and MA (Hons) International Business and Management from Westminster University (UK)

In less than 15 years, I went to school in Switzerland. At school, I immediately liked that no one was forcing you to study. They simply state that you only need knowledge and you create the conditions and atmosphere in which you want to get the most out of the learning process. Teachers are professional and friendly, always ready to help you understand material of any complexity and spend any extra time on it, which is especially important for international students with language barriers. The format of relationships between teachers and students is unusual – partnership and equal during school hours and friendly, sometimes even informal, outside the educational process. I still communicate with many teachers as my friends.

The moment that I did not like is rather connected with a different national mentality. Many foreign students do not want to help each other in their studies, which is incomprehensible and unacceptable for us, the students of Ukrainian schools, even after several years of study abroad. But this is how competition manifests itself, and such individualism is considered completely normal.

Student life abroad

The rules are different at school and university. At school, each student had to study English, mathematics, a foreign language , history, one of the exact sciences and one subject in the field of art (photography, drawing, drama, art history, etc.). At the university, students are already studying a set of subjects that correspond to the chosen profession. Students usually have 3 hours a week for a subject with a teacher – 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars, where you can ask questions and discuss the topic with classmates and 9 hours of self-study to achieve maximum results. Lots of project and group work.

Areas and areas where I have lived or visited with friends may vary in size, but they are always very comfortable and well organized. Necessarily supplied and equipped with everything needed for a normal life: shops, cafes, food courts, a gym, spacious study rooms and the main campus – unreal libraries where students gather to work on joint projects or just have an interesting time.

I got my school education in Switzerland, higher education in England. As the educational process itself at school and at university is quite different, it is difficult to compare my personal experience. Perhaps it is possible to record a more democratic model of school in Switzerland compared to school in England – this is from the stories of friends who graduated from English schools.

Dan D., 18

Place of study: Shrewsbury Private School (United Kingdom)

At the age of 11, he went to study abroad. Teaching differs in that the relationship between student and teacher is much closer because classes are small. Teachers are generally more professional than Ukrainian teachers, who pay little attention to children.

Student life abroad

Education abroad is very systemic, it is not surprising that the British system is considered one of the best in the world. Education in a private school is different from a public one in that students live in homes, which gives them a sense of general spirit and the opportunity to be proud of this home, which is supported by all kinds of sports and academic competitions. As far as education is concerned, it must be said that every year the subjects studied become more specialized. Education acquires an individual character and students must make a responsible decision – choose subjects to prepare for admission to university.

I studied in Moscow, Kiev and Britain. In Moscow, access to education is strict, almost Soviet, on the one hand, it is good because students cannot avoid studying. However, blind adherence to instructions is unnecessary, as school is perhaps the very first and most important lesson in a person’s life. There must be some balance.


You may encounter financial problems abroad, problems with logistics. But over time, every student matures, becomes responsible for his or her actions, and realizes that a mother or father who is trying to spread straws is not around. And while living away from home is challenging, it’s a great opportunity to grow up and learn to deal with your problems on your own.


You can do whatever you want from your parents, the main thing is to remember the consequences of your actions. Budget planning, travel, leisure, accommodation – everything falls on the shoulders of the student or student, but this is freedom of action.

Skills acquired during the training

You will quickly become an adult abroad. Parents are not around, there is only an education system and rules of conduct at school. Everyone is free to do what they want. Every student in a private school has many opportunities to help them determine what they like to do.

Elizaveta Lapina, 16 years old

Place of study: in the eighth grade at the age of 13, the English School Blundell School studied privately . I am currently 16 years old and receiving a BBA from EU Business School (Barcelona, ​​Spain).

I study at an international university. This means that we have students from almost every country in the world. It’s a great opportunity to get to know different cultures and make contacts that will suit you in the future. We all have good relationships, we communicate a lot outside the classroom and we even travel together, including visiting.

I did not want to get a higher education in Ukraine mainly because I see my life connected with business and I do not want to focus only on my country. In addition, there was a great desire to study English. That’s why I’m glad I chose my university. I have amazing professors who also come from different countries. Each of them holds leadership positions in large companies, which gives us, the students, the opportunity to not only teach theories, but to analyze real business cases and discuss with teachers the correctness of their decisions.

Student life abroad

There is no hostel at my university, so students live either in private residences (actually in student hotels) or rent their own apartment. I recently belong to the latter. My girlfriend and I are renting an apartment near the university. By the way, a little advice: if you want to broaden your horizons and / or learn a new language, rent an apartment with a Russian-speaking friend. My neighbor is from Colombia and I am already seeing big changes in Spanish.

I get a BBA, which means that my training system is very different from other specializations. Our training is divided into only 6 semesters. This means that you can get a diploma in three or even two years. And yes, at the end we will get a full bachelor’s degree. We study 10 subjects in each semester. He listened – passed the exam – closed the subject. Everything is very simple. In 6 semesters you will be able to complete all subjects important for your business future. Professors usually like to take projects home. These can be presentations, videos, essays, business case solutions. But no one will ever tell you to read a few chapters of a textbook. If we are interested in extracurricular reading, we have a great online library.

It is difficult for me to compare education in England and Spain, because in one I received a secondary education and in the other a university education. Living in a hostel in a typical English private school, four hours from London, is, of course, very different from living in your own apartment in central Barcelona. England was an interesting experience.

Skills acquired during the training

I drove with minimal knowledge of English to the most English part of Britain. Absolutely no Russian-speaking children and adults. In just a year, my level of English has grown from “I can say my name” to “you won’t even understand I’m from Ukraine.” And no doubt a year of life without parents taught me independence, which helps me a lot at the moment. I went to Barcelona with the full knowledge that I would not return to my father’s house. It is a bit strange to live independently for a few years, get a higher education and then live with your parents again.

It seems to me that investing in your child’s future should end with paying for his or her education. After all, the whole point of higher education will provide you with the minimum knowledge to start building a career. And if you do everything right, you can start this journey in the first year. Then, immediately after obtaining the diploma, you will have financial independence from your parents.