How to encourage your friends to go and study abroad
After seeing the benefits of studying abroad with your own eyes, you want your friends or even your younger brothers and sisters from back home to have the same great experience as you had and to opt for an abroad university or college instead of one in your country. Just seeing you how content you are with studying abroad might not be enough for them to decide that an abroad university is the right answer for them. Help them find student accommodation Sheffield around the university where they want to study and tell them more about your experience.
Think about friends who would really want this experience
After being for at least one year abroad, you know for sure that not everyone would be as receptive to this experience as you were. Studying abroad implies a great deal of desire and maturity. This is the reason why you should focus more on friends who would be more receptive to this amazing experience so that it would be easier to convince them. Friends who are interested in particular subjects might also be good to target.
Resort to one-on-one discussions
It is great and interesting to fill in all your friends and acquaintances regarding your study abroad experience, but if you want to help some of your friends decide which university is best for them, you should schedule some one-on-one meetings to be able to give them detailed information and proper advice. It is better to talk to them in one-on-one meetings rather than in a group, because you can maintain the discussion more focused.
Talk about your experience
What best way to convince someone to do something than to tell about your own experience of doing that thing. Start with telling your story of your study abroad experience from the very beginning, from the moment you found out about the university where you have studied until present. Expect for many questions during the discussion, so be patient and answer all of them the same way you would want someone else to answer those questions for you.
Ask your own questions
In order to be able to help your friends decide upon the right abroad university ask them many questions. Find out what subject they are interested in, the country where they would most want to study, what are their fears and their expectations regarding this experience and, most important, what exactly is stopping them from following their dreams. This will help not only you to find more about what exactly they are interested in, but it will also help them realise how important this is for their future.
When trying to convince someone to study abroad you have to be supportive from the very beginning and to encourage that person that there is nothing he or she should be scared of. Talk about the long-term benefits that come from studying abroad and share your resources that helped you have the time of your life from the moment you first arrived in your host country.