The Benefits of Studying at an International School

Over my years in education, I have run across several folks who have had a wonderful experience teaching in International schools, whether here in the U.S. or abroad.  I was recently approached by the folks at Nord Anglia Education if I would be willing to post an article of their’s for this blog’s readership.  Below is the article we settled upon.  If such is helpful to you, be sure to comment and to follow their work as well.

Choosing the right school for your children is something that requires a lot of thought and deliberation. There are various types of educational institutions that employ different curriculums and teaching approaches, so choosing the right one for your child can be a challenge. After all, should you enrol them in a state school, a private school, or into an international school? This is an important question, and while all kinds of schools available to children offer their own advantages, international schools offer a more rounded experience for its students that can be beneficial to their future. In countries such as China, for example, attending an international school presents more prospects to a student than any other type of establishment. Why is this exactly? Let’s discuss some of the benefits that come with studying at an international school.

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Exposure to a variety of different cultures and backgrounds can be extremely enriching for a child, and international schools offer this experience. Many international school follow an international curriculum such as the International Baccalaureate, which incorporates a wider world view into the teaching process and encourages students to engage with other world cultures. This curriculum is acknowledged and used across the world and is recognised as an excellent form of education to the point that improves your chances of entering higher education. As a rule, international schools believe in the importance of diversity and the celebration of difference, allowing students to grow up into emotionally mature, well-rounded individuals with a better understanding of the world around them.

This celebration of diversity is also expressed through international schools’ renowned focus on extra-curricular activities, which is a great way to nurture and develop a child’s creativity and imagination. Children that participate in extra-curricular activities are less likely to experience behavioural problems and also show improvements in focus and drive; they can also help children to better develop confidence in problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Children can discover and explore new talents and be encouraged in their new skills, proving that it’s not just their education that contributes to their development as individuals.

Finally, it’s been proven repeatedly that learning in an international school opens doors for its students. Studies have shown that children from international schools are more likely to attend college and university and their international education puts fewer limits and restrictions on them. In China, it’s common for students to travel abroad to participate in Higher Education and having an international education will benefit them when the times comes. The chances are high that they will leave the country competent in more than one language and with enough knowledge and understanding of world culture to smoothly transition. Being able to speak more than one language is very important for anyone with ambition; it allows you to travel the world and carry out international business matter with ease. It signifies a growing trend; with around 60% of the world’s children now speaking more than one language, it would seem that the international approach to education is the way forward.

Nord Anglia Education is an international education provider with schools around the world including major cities including Shanghai and Beijing.

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