After Poland joined the European Union young people from our country have had more opportunities of studying abroad. A lot of secondary school students think about studying in a foreign country. Such a decision is not easy and you’d better consider all the pros and cons before you make it.
A necessary condition for studying abroad is a good command of a foreign language. If this condition is fulfilled, you can start collecting all sorts of documents that are needed to study abroad.
One of advantages of staying abroad for a longer time is the opportunity of learning the language profoundly and meeting other cultures. The only way to really get to know a country is to live and study there. I think that after such an experience you can realize how little you knew before about the inhabitants and culture of the country.
By studying abroad you learn how to be more tolerant towards others. You also become more independent, resourceful and self-reliant. You have to count more on yourself and not only on your family and friends.
Sometimes if you want to have extra money, you have to find a part-time job. But I’m inclined to treat it as an advantage because it is a way to gain experience.
Moreover, if you decide to come back to Poland after graduating, it is easier for you to find a good job. Employers still consider such candidates better than others.
However, if you want to study abroad you have to take some drawbacks into consideration. Studying abroad is fairly expensive and even if you have obtained a grant it is sometimes not enough to survive. If your funds are limited, you have to give up on a lot of activities such as going out or shopping.
Finally, it happens that you are disappointed with your choice of faculty and it is more difficult to resign from the studies if they are already paid. Sometimes the longing for your family and friends may be an obstacle to fully enjoy your stay abroad.
After considering the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad, you can see that the decision is not easy. You have to think everything over and not act spontaneously because you may be disappointed. Before you make a decision you’d better talk to your family and people who have already studied abroad.
Przykładowe pytanie, jakie może zadać egzaminator
Describe briefly the educational system of the Great Britain.
In Britain all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must receive a full-time education. They go to primary school for seven years and secondary school for five years. Primary school may be divided into infant school and junior school. There are different kinds of secondary school, but all students follow the same national curriculum which leads to GCSE qualifications (General Certificate of Secondary Education).
At the age of 16, students can choose to leave school or go on to attend sixth form for a further two years. At the end of this time, they sit A level exams (advanced) to qualify for entry to college or university.