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Why study abroad?

For hundreds of years Scottish students have ventured abroad in search of new academic challenges. Perhaps one of the earliest examples of this by a St Andrews student is Andrew Melville, who went from his studies in St Andrews to the teachings of Ramus in Paris in 1564, returning to St Andrews many years later to become Principal of St Mary's College. Studying abroad has changed a lot since then, but some of the fundamental reasons to go abroad remain the same: an interest in new academic challenges and the desire to experience another culture and to see more of the world.

A new report by the Universities UK International Unit has shown that there is a positive correlation between outward mobility and improved academic and employment outcomes. Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%). Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and earn 5% more than their non-mobile peers.

Read the full report to find out more about the benefits of studying abroad.

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