The image of the Middle East is commonly painted in a wrong and inaccurate manner, especially, in media. This often raises questions and concerns about risk and safety of prospective international students. As a result, students feel discouraged in choosing Middle East countries as their future study destination. This is, however, not true and far from reality.
The objective of writing this post is to debunk some common myths regarding studying abroad in the Middle East so as to encourage students in exploring the culture and education in this place and grab interesting study abroad opportunities in one of the eye-opening regions of the world.
Debunking Common Myths of Studying Abroad in the Middle East
1. It might not be safe to study abroad in the Middle East.
There are several reasons for choosing the Middle East as your future study destination.
Not only this study-destination offers abundant opportunities for studying a wide variety of courses but also a chance to gain an understanding of the completely different region of the world. Those who know this place would agree that it happens to be a diverse and inclusive student body. Also, the students studying in this place report their study destination to be calm and peaceful contrary to the media reports that tend to portray a completely different image of this place. Nevertheless, it is recommended that students planning to study in the Middle East equip themselves with the complete information and knowledge regarding this place and a list of do’s and don’ts.
2. Women have to follow a strict dress code
Although this might be true in some places, this doesn’t apply to every place in the Middle East. In fact, the women in some countries in the Middle East are known for their fashion and an affluent lifestyle. Also, the women there symbolize inner beauty and intelligence. They believe in challenging the outer world and encouraging people to see their depth by looking beyond the surface.
3. There is no cultural or geographical diversity in the Middle East.
There is a common misconception that the Middle East countries don’t offer any cultural or geographical diversity. Thus, the prospective study abroad students don’t have much to look forward to or gain from this study destination. The truth, however, is that the countries in the Middle East have a rich diversity of cultural, religious and heritage groups living together in harmony with each other. Even more, the region offers a vast amount of geographical diversity, thereby, giving the prospective international students a chance to explore a lot of places.
Some Final Words:
Studying abroad in the Middle East empowers students with tools that help them navigate complex situations and manage their emotional well-being besides helping them gain degrees and certificates that are recognized by employers across the globe. Also, the international students in this study destination are paired up with mentors that guide them throughout their study abroad journey and support them through thick and thin.