Why you should consider studying or working abroad

Carley McDougallBlogs

If you’re in your final year of high school, you’re likely feeling pressured to choose which college or university to attend – or what career path you’ll take after you graduate.

Some of your greatest adventures are just waiting to be explored. Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

We know that these decisions can be difficult, which is why we’ve created Set Your Course, Manitoba’s go-to resource for help with choosing the career you want and planning the education that will help prepare you for it.

Our main goal is to guide students along an education and career path that inspires them – including opportunities outside of Manitoba. If studying while being immersed in a new culture, learning new languages, and making friends from around the world appeals to you, then planning a study-abroad experience may be a part of your educational path.

If you’re already completing your certificate, diploma or degree in Manitoba but are considering working abroad after you complete your studies, we’re here to help you find that experience, too.

Studying abroad

There are thousands of young Canadians who travel each year for educational purposes, according to the Government of Canada. Studying abroad allows you to meet new people, explore new cultures, and even transform your life.

The easiest way to get an international study experience is through a program planned and operated by a post-secondary institution. A few examples might include a department trip to Paris to study French literature, an exchange program between your post-secondary institution and an institution in England, or a practicum or co-operative educational placement in Bangladesh. Post-secondary study-abroad programs are an ideal choice for many young adults because they allow you to complete some schooling in a foreign country, while still retaining student status at your home institution.

For more information on post-secondary study-abroad programs, please visit the following international program sites:

Woman working abroad standing in front of Eiffel Tower.
Thousands of Canadians travel each year for educational purposes. Photo by Atikh Bana on Unsplash

Alternatively, as a university or college student, you may be able to plan an independent study-abroad trip through a well-respected organization. To start this process, you should work with your post-secondary institution’s international department to research, plan, and budget your study-abroad experience. We recommend you visit the following pages for information on independent study-abroad opportunities:

Working abroad

If you’ve decided to complete your post-secondary education at home but are interested in an international experience after finishing your studies, working abroad is another great option.

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Working abroad is a great way to gain international experience. Photo by Frank Vex on Unsplash

Most countries require visitors to obtain a work visa before they can get a job. The International Experience Canada program is one of the simplest ways to arrange to work abroad. Their agreements with foreign countries and territories make it easier for you to get work permits and begin your adventure. If you would like to work in a country where the IEC does not have a partnership, you should contact the destination country’s embassy or consulate in Canada to get specific information on their requirements for working abroad.

Whether you’re thinking about your future education or career, we believe that Manitobans should expand beyond what’s familiar, which could mean spending a few months in a new country. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and work outside of Manitoba, so don’t be afraid to explore the possibility of an international adventure.

Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public universities and colleges. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.casetyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.