Thursday, 16 April 2015

IELTS Academic Writing - Task 2

In the past, when students did a university degree, they tended to study in their own country.
Nowadays, they have more opportunity to study abroad.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?

It seems that today more people choose to study at university in another country than they did in the past. By passing a language test and having certain qualifications, it is now possible to get into a foreign university.

There are many benefits to studying abroad. Firstly, it’s an opportunity to meet others from across the globe who have similar interests as you. Secondly, some countries and universities may offer a better level of education than that offered in your home country. The degree you obtain might also be recognised everywhere. Thirdly, by studying in a foreign country you learn how to be independent and deal with problems on your own as well as take responsibility. Finally, a student studying in a foreign country will be able to improve their language skills which will help them later on when they are looking for a job.

On the other hand, students underestimate local colleges and universities when they choose to go abroad and they also end up paying expensive fees. This in turn means the local economy suffers. It is often cheaper for a student to study in their own country because they will save on accommodation, transport and living expenses if they continue to live with their parents. Secondly, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of living alone in a foreign country with new surroundings and the pressure of making new friends.

All in all, apart from the costs and home sickness, I believe it is a good idea for students to experience studying abroad as this has so much to offer.

Question taken from The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS for Academic and General Training p. 264


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