The need for an international degree
Sumaiya Afreen

How a foreign degree can help you achieve greater heights


“That’s how during our first of many intimate conversations, my academic advisor at the University of Manchester summarised my upcoming experience as an international student. In this historic university, I was slotted to be one of the members of the Class of 2014, which was said to be the most diverse pool of recruited students in the entire history of the university.”


“Internationalisation is a source of differentiation and competitive advantage”

Although there are a number of reputed local universities in Bangladesh, no one can negate the importance of international experience for the modern leaders of Bangladesh. Today’s doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers and all other professionals have the need for a comprehensive international education experience.

After all, it is no longer just about the education. Leaders today need to find solutions to social problems in growing up, which are only possible through attaining knowledge and perspective about how different cultures have succeeded. International education enables students to widen their perspectives and experience an array of different cultures by studying with people from various socio-cultural backgrounds, which eventually results in better leadership qualities.

An internationally recognised degree also opens doors to a lot more future career opportunities by allowing students to build strong personal connections and providing diverse life experiences. Most international universities are accredited and have their alumni in prominent positions both in Bangladesh and abroad.

Hence, employers place higher trust upon international degrees than local ones.

In this era of globalisation where knowing one language is not sufficient at all, international education accelerates and complements fluency in reading, writing and learning new foreign languages. Studying at a local university, regardless of how reputed it is, cannot relatively provide someone with as many personal growth opportunities and life experiences as going to a university abroad can. Bridging the cultural and linguistic differences is possible only with the experience international education can give you.

How do you get into universities abroad?

For one option, you may choose to consult with international education and career intelligence firms like GradConnect. At GradConnect, they make it possible for the youth of Bangladesh to pursue education at accredited universities worldwide. Their reach is global, and they pride themselves on their abilities to assist students to find and apply to the perfect university according to their profile. They do not act as an agent to any particular university, but are rather professional guidance counsellors who act on behalf of the students unlike agents of universities. For reference, go to



Sumaiya Afreen is the lead manager, International Education at GradConnect. She can be reached at [email protected]

“I, as the GradCoach, am a mentor to these students who have so many potentials in life. I assist them in realising their dreams and establishing a perfect pathway through which these young and talented people can achieve great things in life. When I see how highly ambitious yet practical today’s young people are, and how much they have already achieved in their short life, I feel inspired to work tirelessly with them to help them capitalise on their capabilities. I am now filled with a great deal of hope, even in all this chaos, for the future of Bangladesh, which I believe will go into the hands of these talented youth who will definitely give their best for our beloved motherland.”



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