IELTS Writing task 2 (Advantage Disadvantage Essay)

In the past when students did a university degree, they tended to study in their own country. Nowadays, they have more opportunities to study abroad. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience

Write at least 250 words.




The pursuit of knowledge is a concept that is valued by most cultures. In the 21st century, we now have many more options regarding how and where to find that knowledge. If you are a French national, you can apply to do an economics degree in the USA, and likewise, an American student can take a course in linguistics in France. Indeed, most universities across the world now have a good proportion of foreign students enrolled in their programs. 

Certainly, there are numerous advantages of studying in a different country. Many students choose to do this because they that a particular university, for instance, Stanford Business School, has an excellent reputation. Graduating from here, they believe, will increase their chances of securing a decent position in a company back home. Students studying abroad also have the opportunity to form friendships with people of various nationalities: in time, these may develop into useful professional networks. Furthermore, young people to become more independent and self-sufficient. 

Unfortunately, the experience of studying abroad is not always a positive one. Research suggests that a small percentage of young people struggle to adapt to their new environment and suffer from severe culture shock. The situation can become worse if the student is not mature enough to cope with themselves. Different approaches to teaching and learning may also come as an unwelcome surprise to some students. 

To conclude, the key to a good experience at a foreign university is an open mind. If a student is presented with this opportunity, they should certainly seize it. 

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Source: The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS for Academic and General Training. 

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