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Reasons to study in New Zealand

New Zealand has a good reputation as a hub of high-quality education offering excellent career opportunities while providing the right support services in a safe learning environment. New Zealand is a unique country, scenic, young & vibrant. It’s a safe and welcoming community with a world-class reputation for harbouring cutting-edge research and creative ambition. It’s open, warm and outgoing. No wonder this country is an attractive destination for international students.


New Zealand has several types of higher education institutions: Universities, Colleges, Private institutions and Polytechnics. Most of New Zealand’s Universities and Institutions are internationally recognized, ranked and accepted. New Zealand’s qualifications are highly regarded & desired by employers across the world. It’s noteworthy that all the 8 New Zealand Universities have found their place in the QS World Rankings.


The majority of courses are offered in English. New Zealand’s national education system is based and inspired by the British education system. Research by many independent  authorities indicates that academically New Zealand students are ranked amongst the top in the world.


Of course, when we speak about New Zealand, it’s important to mention their awesome weather. New Zealanders are well-known for their affable natures, and their open attitude and acceptance of outsiders. As we all know New Zealand ranks second in Global Peace Index.


One major reason why New Zealand is considered a perfect overseas education destination by Indian students is their comparatively low annual tuition fees and low cost of living. Students can work while studying to meet their living expenses and also get experience by doing so. With student visa, students are permitted to work 20 hours weekly during the study and full time during scheduled holidays. There are many part-time opportunities available in the booming sectors like retail, hospitality, banking, finance etc. Some of the recent labour policies of government are favourable for students aiming to study overseas. Even their visa policies allow one to support their spouses while continuing education. Part-time work facility and three-year open work permit help an individual to seek a supporting job and later improve his PR possibilities.


Obtaining PR depends on many factors and mainly on acquiring the required points. A student who does his masters degree  will get 80 points for that, which is 50 % of the required total points. Then a person who falls into the 20 to 39 age bracket will fetch another 30 points. A job offer of 30 hrs in a week will fetch 50 points more, which easily makes them eligible for PR application. If the job is outside Auckland city that will fetch another 30 bonus points.


Another major reason  is the return on investment, which is very high. Even Visa policies  support spouses of expats to continue their education. And to live in one of the cleanest and most beautiful countries in the world itself is a blessing.


One more attraction is a fact that New Zealand serves as a gateway to Australia. Those who have studied in New Zealand and hold a PR can easily migrate to Australia. There is a Trans -Tasman Agreement between these two nations, which allows for the free movement of citizens of these countries to the other. So those who are looking for a bigger country with bigger opportunities can make use of this facility. Having said that though monetary benefits and career growth is more in Australia there are people coming back to Newzealand from Australia for a better peaceful life.


The choice is yours.



About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.


Choosing the right course – what’s important and what’s not!

A decision to study abroad is an important decision with multiple consequences. This decision alone will change the course of a students career and his life in many ways. Other related factors that have a huge impact on his foreign education are the course that he selects to pursue, the country of his choice and the University/ College he is planning to join in. So a student has to be careful and well informed while making these decisions.

Yet it can be seen that often the parents and students are undecided and confused when it comes to selecting the right course. They are simply unable to focus and decide on a course. Most often this confusion prevails among the plus two completed students. It’s understandable as they are often naive and inexperienced.  But it is quite shocking to see that even our graduate students are dazed and perplexed. Many of these children are quite bright academically and they are good in many subjects. But somehow they seem to be undecided when it comes to what to pursue further.

So, what to be done? How can a student select a course that suits him? How can his parents guide him on one of the most important decisions in his life? Well, there are certain things a student can do as he contemplates his future course of interest

Analyze themselves

Yes, the first thing a student should do is to take a look at himself. He has to be himself, for the course he is going to pursue, is that career that he is going to build. For the rest of his life, he will be doing things that are connected to what he is going to study now. Simply put, he has to do what he really wants to do and study.

Do be driven by fancy ideas. Don’t get carried away because your friends choose one subject or you think one course is cool. Being hip is different from being successful. Your course is not a status-quo you have to maintain or a symbol of prestige. It’s your life. So follow your own path. Follow your potential and passion.

Marks are not everything

You may be good in many subjects. But doing good alone does not make one subject special, you should feel driven by that subject. Often parents will suggest their children pursue a course/subject on which he has good marks. But that’s not always ideal as the student has more potential in another subject as his personality and tastes suit something better. So choose wisely.

Nature of the job after the course

Another thing the student has to contemplate is the nature of the job that he will be following after completing the course. Is he satisfied with the requirements and demands that career brings? Does he know the personal commitment and career involvement that’s required for that career? If the student wants to pursue law as a subject, he has to think about the nature of a lawyer’s job, its professional demands & commitments and so forth. Decide wisely.

Because ultimately a student is going to live the outcome of his course. He has to give serious thoughts about his choices by connecting his ambition, personality, skills and love for the subject before making a decision.

About Ms. Nicy Binu, Director, Santamonica Study Abroad


With over a decade’s experience in international education, Ms Nicy Binu is the brain behind Santamonica’s overseas student program and has steered the organization to a position where it figures today among the prominent overseas education facilitators in India. You may contact her at +91 6282 903 703 for overseas education queries and doubts.

The Unquestionable Standard of Education

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US and UK universities offer the seductive promise of a world- class research environment combined with unparalleled facilities. For many in the world, this is the model that should be imitated. The robust policies opted by the government in the field of education has escalated the enrollment rates of students drastically. Both these countries have been successful in creating a global classroom and a diverse cultural experience to each student. The wide range of scholarships with high standard of education is the pivotal reason behind the success of these countries to stay in the front row, despite the high competition from all around the world.

The UNIVERSITAS 21 has continuously ranked US in the first position for the past few years. This shows the uncompromised effort made by the universities as well as the government in maintain the highest quality parameter. USA is the only country that offers students the complete liberty to customize the subjects according to their field of interest. The placement options offered by most of the UK universities facilitate the students to get a hands-on experience, catalyzing the chance of employment. More than 27,000 companies in UK are listed as licensed employers to provide the employment opportunities to overseas students; this has significantly increased the chances for students to get a job after studies.

Representatives from more than 50 US/UK universities are flying down to Taj Gateway Hotel on 16th of February 2019 for the UK and USA education fair conducted by Santamonica study abroad in association with Malayala Manorama. Each invitee would be given an opportunity to discuss their profile in person with the university delegates. Deserving candidates would be offered special study grants, scholarships, bursaries etc. for more info contact 0484-4140999, 9645222999


Relaxed work, residence rules- Europe all slated to become the most potent study abroad destination


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Europe has been attracting students from all over the world; the main reasons being the plethora of cost effective study programs offered by prestigious institutions of the region.  If these two were crucial factors that made students take a beeline for institutions of this region, with the European Union directive that eases work, residence rules for non EU students the number of students choosing Europe as a high value study destination is going to increase exponentially

What the directive means to an International student

  •  Brings uniformity in work and residence rules

The European Union in its efforts towards making its member countries International student friendly  has come in with this  uniform regulation pertaining to part-time jobs and  stay back for Non EU students and researchers. If one thought these developments would take years to materialize think twice.  A visa directive brought out this month mandates all EU member states within 2 years to allow non-EU students and researchers to work for a minimum of 15 hours a week while studying and to allow stay back period of nine months post-graduation to look for work or start their own business this is music to the ears of thousands of students who are optimistic about carving out a future in the conducive environment of Europe.

  • Allows family members to accompany and also work

The good news doesn’t end here; students pursuing research programs in EU countries would be allowed to bring in their family members who also would have the right to work.  This to a large extends takes the financial pressure off a student and would help family members earn to support the scholar during the course of his/her research stint.

  • Unhindered mobility across Europe

The directive also would do away with the tiresome process of obtaining visa to move from one EU country to another. This is a step that is being welcomed across the board as it will greatly benefit students who move to neighboring European countries for further studies or in search of better employment avenues.

Decided on Europe as your study abroad destination?  Look no further;Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt.Ltd.  your   most trusted name in overseas education consultant  is here to facilitate admissions of  students seeking admission to leading European institutions. Our experienced and well informed experts provide unbiased and accurate information about courses in Europe that fit your budget. For more information, visit your nearest branch of Santa Monica Study Abroad or call us on 0484-4140999.

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Study Medicine Abroad @ St. Paul University Philippines and emerge as world class doctors


Disappointed with your medical entrance results? Thinking of repeating it next year? Or have you all together shelved your plan of becoming a doctor? Think again, not figuring in medical entrance exam successful list is now not the end of your doctor dream, when you can Study medicine abroad at St Paul university, without worrying about stringent entrance tests, hefty donation etc, without compromising on quality of education, that too at economical fees. The degree offered is a M.D degree which is similar to MBBS degree. The professional medical degree, MD, is a four-year program which deals with medical theories, practices, technologies and problem solving. Students then have to undergo mandatory clerk ship which qualifies them to take the licensure examination to practice in Philippines. To practice in India, students have to undertake the specified examination prescribed by MCI. Since, Philippines follow American curriculum (MD-American System), Students pursuing medical course there are eligible to appear for USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Part 1 after 2nd year of MD & Part 2 after 4th year of MD.


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St Paul University Philippines SPUP was founded by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres more than a century ago. Situated in the beautiful city of Tuguegarao, St. Paul University is a formidable institution playing a crucial role in the formation of Medical doctors, geared towards the provision of optimum and affordable health care programs where knowledge and experience are perfectly combined to continuously infuse medical students with relevant learning opportunities.

St. Paul University Philippines – Some rare distinctions

  • First Private Catholic University in Asia
  •  Enjoys full accredited status by the International Accreditation Organization (IAO) based in the United States of America
  • Designated as one of the twelve participating schools in the country for the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) program

St Paul University Philippines holds autonomous status as a mark of credibility for strictly adhering to government rules and regulations and also for achieving excellent academic output. The whole environment at the university gives confidence to parents who are sending their wards to study medicine in a distance land. Towards expediting and simplifying admission process for students from India and adjoining countries St. Paul University Philippines has set up its south Asian region office in Indian at kochi, Kerala which is managed by Santa Monica study abroad Pvt.Ltd. For more information regarding Medicine programs in St Paul’s university Philippines contact 0484-4140999




Canada Express entry system is something you might have been hearing for some time now, as the term denotes the system intends to expedite the entire process of Canada migration. To explain things, minus the jargon, Express Entry is an electronic management application system that came into operation on January 1, 2015 for immigration to Canada which facilitates the selection and processing of Canada’s economic immigration programs which includes

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Classs (formerly the Federal Skilled Worker Program),
  •  The Federal Skilled Trades Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program)
  •  The Canadian Experience Class

Provinces and territories are also able to recruit candidates from the Express Entry system for a portion of the Provincial Nomination Programs in order to meet local labour market needs.



Applicants interested in migration to Canada and, if they are eligible for at least one of the aforementioned programs can enter the Express Entry pool by entering information about their skills, work experience, language proficiency, education and other personal information. The federal government and provincial governments, as well as Canadian employers, are then able to select candidates from this pool who will then receive an ‘invitation to apply’ for immigration to Canada under one of the programs.

Candidates are then ranked based on their human capital, determined by factors such as age, level of education and language ability based on which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) decide which candidates may be issued invitations to apply for permanent residence.

There are up to 600 points available under the system for a candidate’s core human capital and skills transferability factors. An additional 600 points will be given to anyone with a confirmed job offer in a skilled occupation, or a provincial nomination.
Under Express Entry, candidates need to register with Job Bank which is an online search engine for open job positions across Canada which helps match candidates with Canadian employers If an Express Entry candidate meets the job requirement of a Canadian employer her or she might be given an job offer letter. This in a great way can speed invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

Need more information on Canada migration? Contact Migration department of Santa Monica study abroad pvt ltd.  Santa Monica has a dedicated Migration department headed by Canadian Immigration Attorneys and can prepare your immigration application reach us on -0484 -4140999 to fix a free counseling session.


Becoming a doctor is no more a dream – Study Medicine abroad @reputed Universities /colleges in western, European and Southeast Asian countries

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Pursuing medicine studies figure on top of every Indian student’s wish list; however, it is just a chosen few who are able to achieve their dreams due to highly competitive and tough entrance examinations, huge capitation fees, and dearth of adequate quality institutions for those who manage to get through the Entrance – which has led to many a broken dreams and seeking alternative career options. Though India through its 412 medical colleges produce over 45000 doctors annually, as per official figures released by Ministry of Health Government of India, there is only one doctor for every 1,700 citizens in India, clearly indicating that India faces huge dearth of doctors and would require about four lakhs more doctors by 2020 to reach the WHO mandated ratio of one doctor per 1,000 people.  The mammoth shortfall of doctors is not limited to India.  If one takes the WHO figure; the shortfall of doctors throughout the world is huge. Countries like United States, UK, and Australia also face a huge shortage which would reach alarming   proportion by 2020.

The option then lies in students to pursue their medicine studies abroad.

 Affordable destinations for Medicine studies abroad for Indian students

Students can pursue their dream of an internationally qualified medicine degree without the barriers of capitation fee, stricter entrance norms, and high study costs in countries such as Philippines, Bulgaria, Russia, China, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, etc.  However, the quality of studies varies across countries and institutions and hence students should selectively choose the institutions before they proceed on for their studies.


What should you look out for when choosing an institution?

Students should ideally look out for study destinations which have similar climatic conditions and disease patterns as India and a clinical exposure which aligns well with the disease conditions prevalent in India.  This gives students an extra edge when they come back to India and practice as a doctor.  Also, students should prefer more on proceeding to affordable English-speaking countries where language is not a barrier in communicating with the faculty as well as the patients during a clinical exposure.  This also removes the hassle of learning a foreign language to pursue their medicine studies.  The most important fact is to ensure that the institution they select appears in the approved list of WHO  and the medicine qualification offered by the institution is recognized by MCI.  Also it should be noted whether the medium of instruction is in English.

Medicine studies in advanced countries

 Opportunities are aplenty for the Indian students to pursue medicine program in USA, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Germany, etc. ;however,  for a section of students it may prove to be a daunting task to get into established institutions in these countries owing to stricter entrance requirements and procedures and high cost of study and living, which may be beyond the reach of an average Indian.

Students should specifically understand the prevalent conditions and conduct due research and diligence about institutions and seek expert advice from experienced consultants.

Santa Monica has been working closely with well established institutions with world class facilities in Philippines, Bulgaria and China offering internationally recognized, WHO & MCI approved medicine degrees in English medium   and can surely help you identify your best option.

The team at Santa Monica has personally visited the institutions and have assessed their facilities and interacted with students before facilitating admissions to their associated institutions. For more details, please seek the advice of our experts in choosing the right destination for your medicine studies.  For more info contact us on 0484-4140999

*Kindly note that all foreign medical graduates wishing to pursue their medicine practice in India should mandatorily clear the MCI clearance test.


Why study at Singapore Institute of Management( SIM ) ?

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If you are a student looking for quality study abroad options, Singapore would definitely be on top of your agenda, Singapore by virtue of being close to India and having similar culture that of India makes it more appealing to Indian students looking for quality overseas education. Established in 1964 SIM Global education,Singapore  collaborates with some of the finest universities across the globe from countries like Australia, UK, Switzerland and the U.S to offer unique programs taught by highly qualified international faculty,  mixing Asian practices with international perspectives for a truly global outlook that turn one in to a Global professional. Have a look at few reasons why you should study at SIM Global education Singapore.


  • Reputed partnership with world class universities and top notch faculty

With over 50 year old heritage , over 132,000 strong alumni , student’s enrolment of over 36,000 and over 2, 0000 strong top notch faculties,  SIM GE collaborates with finest universities across the Globe from Australia, Switzerland the UK and the U.S.  Collaborating universities are RMIT University Australia, University of Wollongong IMI International Management Institute Switzerland. The University of Sheffield UK, The university of Warwick, University of Birmingham, University of London, University of Southampton ,University of Stirling  and  United States University at Buffalo.

Extensive   Study options

 SIM  offers over 70 top quality  full time and part time courses  In Singapore  through more than 10 partner universities  ranging  from masters ,bachelors, Graduate diploma and diploma levels in areas such as applied sciences, arts  business, Communication, finance, Information technology, hospitality, Management, Nursing ,Social sciences and more.

Vibrant student life

Studying in Singapore at SIM Global is   equally exciting outside the class room with students from over 40 countries offering diverse ideas and experiences.  With over  70 student clubs   SIM is abuzz  with student activities including extracurricular activities, culture fests ,competitions which gives ample opportunity for one  to develop their  latent talents and  leadership skills.

Technology enabled State of the art infrastructure

SIMs student centric campus is equipped with latest technology and facilities to enhance student learning experience   with latest technology high speed wireless internet access, offering immense wealth of information and online services are at your disposal 24/7.

Experience the rich blend of culture

With  students from  over  40 countries from across the globe SIM  has an exciting mix of cultural diversities  which facilitates an excellent platform for cultural exchange and knowledge sharing  thereby helping in creating next generation of global leaders who  understand  the Global mindset.

Exciting scholarships on offer

SIM awards up to 35 student scholarships to outstanding international students, the criteria for selection is purely academic excellence, outstanding feats in sports and artistic sphere is also duly awarded these student scholarships


  • Internships and career services

SIM Global education offer immense opportunities to gain work exposure of global nature through professional internships in Singapore that help one to enhance your skill sets and fine tune for the challenging career ahead.  SIMs Career services helps one to have a smooth transition from academic life to a career life by helping you identify your core strengths and help you choose an appropriate profession by offering Career coaching ,   workshops   net working events   Job fairs, company visits and global student exchange programs.

Medical insurance cover for all international students

SIM has in place a group medical insurance scheme for all its students with a minimum annual coverage of S$20,000 per students for treatment in government and restructured hospitals and provides for 24 hours coverage in Singapore and overseas In case the student is involved in SIM PL related activities abroad.

SIM Education Singapore   offers supports with regards to financial assistance schemes, counseling services that ensure students overall well being and a holistic education if you are looking for world class education at affordable cost SIM Global education is the answer.  For more information  to  study abroad in Singapore’s  SIM Education  Contact  Santa Monica study abroad on  0484-4140999.


Scope of Nursing Abroad – Lucrative profession with high salary!

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Nurses figure among the long term shortage skill list in many of the developed countries such as Canada,UK,Australia,USA,New Zealand,Ireland etc.Demand for nurses will continue to increase dramatically within next few years.

When it comes to job oriented courses after 12th science nursing really stands out. It has got such a huge appeal, especially in case of female students. The main advantage is job scope. The health care industry is a booming one, showing no signs of slowing down. That has how the nursing field been developing in the past few decades


TOP DESTINATIONS : UK,Canada,Australia,New Zealand,Ireland,USA

Indian nurses holding Diploma (GNM) can opt for the Australian  BN programs or Integrated Masters (Bsc+Msc) program in UK work as RN in Australia and UK respectively.

UK : NMC in UK conducts ONP which is bridging program for Indian nurses to become RN in UK.The computer based eligibility test has to successfully completed in order to pursue the clinical component in UK.

New Zealand: Upon completion of the Competency Assessment Program ( CAP) prescribed by New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC)the person may work as a RN in New Zealand.

Australia: The Nursing & Midwifery Broad of Australia (NMBA)provides registration for nurses upon completion of Initial Registration for International Nurses & Registered Nurses (IRON n RN) program to be obtained the AHPRA registration to work as registered nurse in Australia.

Ireland:Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland or an Bard Altranais  Nursing  Board is the Authority for registration of Nurses,after undergoing the prescribed adaptation program in Ireland.

Canada & US:Indian nurses should clear licensure examinations like CRNE/ CPRNE & NCLEX /RN respectively prior working as RN .

To work in all these countries ,Indian nurses  who have resisted with local nursing council have to meet the pre-requisites of language skills are required with academic excellence & work experience ranging from 1-2 years& above to be eligible for registration.

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 Few Programs:

  • Masters in Nursing  / Gerontology  & Rehabilitation Studies/ Dementia Care/ Critical Care.
  • Masters in nursing with overseas program incorporated & 6 months internship.
  • Grad Dip. in Nursing leading to comprehensive Registration /Infection /Addiction studies
  • PG Dip in Healthcare Leadership Management / Palliative Care/Concurrent Disorders/Recreation Therapy /Massage Therapy.

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Major Reasons for Choosing Overseas Education.


See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. In addition, when you’re abroad, you won’t be limited to traveling in just the nation in which you are studying – you can see neighboring countries as well!

Education System

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience  different  styles of education  system & high placement prospects & more chances are there to get settled in that country.

Foreign education focuses more on practical based learning. And they allow creativity in education and is taken as a learning process. Foreign education curriculum contains everything taking from arts to sports along with studies. US has arts, sports, music and theater in syllabus.Foreign country; students are admitted according to their field of interest & they believe in skills.A student will independently develop creativity, interest in research & improve there language efficiency are some of the major advantages.

 Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life. By choosing study abroad a student will earn in the young age along with studies make them more proficient in networking with more people adjusting with new environment.

Hone Your Language Skills

Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in. In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience.

Learn self-reliance

Moving abroad is the ultimate test in self-reliance. When (or if) you move back, you’ll likely rely on others less and you’ll take more responsibility for yourself. & getting opportunity to earn along with studies that give you more confidence, maturity, customer handling skills .


 Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program you can earn a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Along with the skills will get lot of job opportunities with settlement options in host countries & other countries.

 Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor. A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover you while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.



Getting in to the host country, students get more exposure & due networking with different nationalities they collect more information’s on culture /opportunities / PR info etc easily. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

 Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.


 Increase your international job prospects

While you can always go home at the end of your time as an international student, many choose to stay put and apply for a working visa. Even if you return home or decide to seek work elsewhere, the international experience provided by studying abroad is likely to be looked on favorably by employers.