It is one thing to study English, and quite another to study subjects in English. Bilingual education (or trilingual, depending on the region) opens many doors for you as a student, as you will become familiar with the language and learn the specific vocabulary.
Education in a second language (English, in this case), starts from a very young age. Already in early childhood and primary education, students come into contact with the language progressively.
Today, more and more bilingual schools teach a certain percentage of subjects in English. At the university level, English is an essential tool to study, to expand information, and even to share knowledge through the Internet and social networks. There are also different offers of degrees that can be done in English, at least partially.
The advantages of integrating English into training and the study of subjects are obvious. Not only is the student's understanding of the subject improved, but vocabulary and technical expressions specific to the degree sector are learned. This is something that will come in handy after finishing your studies when you enter the world of work.
Another advantage of studying in English is that students will be able to acquire the language skills to apply for international mobility, to study and do internships abroad, and also to join multilingual teams and develop international research activities.
Other advantages of studying in English
Studying in English has one of the great advantages that you can find, for example, when you do an international exchange: you open your mind. In the case of an exchange, cultural change in everyday things is one of the phenomena that most "clicks" on those who live that experience. In the field of language, immersion is total when you live in another country.
If you decide to do your studies, or part of them, in English, you will live that immersion in another way, and you will develop other ways of thinking. Also, you will very possibly have access to other teaching methods and, of course, you will improve your vocabulary a lot. You will do it all the more subjects you study in English.
Job opportunities improve a lot if you study in English. It is one of the best ways to internationalize your studies and open doors in any foreign country. If you add good knowledge in the subjects with a solid level of specialized English, your chances of success multiply.
That also includes the greatest opportunities to live in another country. Having studied in English, you will have a much better base than normal with the language, which will facilitate your initial integration in the country and you will be able to establish more fluid communication with other cultures.
How do I study in English? What do I need to get started?
It all depends on where you go to study. In general, the universities where you can study in English will require a level certificate before starting. This is logical, because it is about you being able to study in English, and for that, you must have good comprehension skills ( listening and Reading ) and good communication skills (both writing and speaking).
The levels that are required when you want to study at a European university in English are regulated by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It is stipulated that they must be either B1 or B2. In some cases, C1 is required. This, in terms of Cambridge University levels, would be the PET, the FIRST, or the ADVANCED.
If what you want is to study in higher education centers in the United States, Canada, or Australia, you will have to add something else to your certificate, such as the visa. Also, the minimum level of English required will be, in most cases, B2.
On the subject of visa, we recommend that you review this article in which we talk about the educational system of the United States. However, we also recommend that you check with the government immigration services of each country.
Of course, the essential and common requirement for all of them will be that you take a language test, or that you present the corresponding level certificate (and that it be recognized by the aforementioned government body).
Now you know the advantages of studying in English and how to access these studies. As a last tip, even if you have a valid certificate, do not stop actively studying the language, and you will achieve all the successes.