Friends are of course very important. They act as a support system and help you to learn and grow. They say that your closest friends are made during your time at Univerity.
Studying Abroad gives you a fantastic opportunity to make some friends from all different kinds of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.
Multiculturalism has never been more important than today. We live in a time full of fighting, distrust, and fragmentation. We have decided to compile a list of the main benefits of having multicultural friends:
Learn new languages
Being friends with people from all kinds of different countries will naturally enhance your language-learning experience. Not only will they be able to pick up phrases from you, but you can also hone in your language skills from them. You may have to find a shared second language (such as English) in order to communicate, and so your English Language skills will strengthen!
If you make friends from a different country, they may want you to visit their house and learn more about their culture. This can help you broaden your horizons, and there is no better way to learn than through experiences.
The most important one. Meeting people from different races and backgrounds will break down the (subconscious) stereotypes or stigmas of that kind of person. You will get to know them as a person, not as someone from such-and-such a race. In the world of division we live in, understanding our fellow man is the only way forwards.
Food, food, food
My favourite foods all come from countries different from my own. There are so many flavours and amazing meals and dishes out there. A lot of meals have some kind of relevance to them, and so knowing the context of the meal allows you to appreciate it more. Not to mention, it can be a wonderfully delicious experience.
These are just a few reasons why you should really step out of your comfort zone and make an effort to get to know people who are different from you. In a world of division, it has never been so important to have compassion and empathy for others. It will help you grow as a person, and expand your understanding of the world.