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We continue our latest article about the benefits of studying in an international environment. Here is Part 1.

Reason 2 – Become a better communicator while boosting your language skills

Being introduced early on to working within multicultural teams helps to develop your emotional and social intelligence; you become an overall better communicator. Making friends with someone from another country, with a different view on life, opens you up to the world. They help you to look beyond national stereotypes, question any misguided preconceptions you may have had, and better empathize with those around you. New perspectives and a much more global frame of reference enters your worldview.

You notice subtle changes in body language that would have passed you by in the past, signs that can indicate you need to adapt your communication style! You learn to appreciate the importance of dressing appropriately in a foreign country. Your global friends soon let you know what is unsuitable! Listening to a wide range of viewpoints in class discussions also empowers you to see a situation from a number of angles. This makes you more able to solve problems creatively.

Claudia (Italy/USA), studying for her Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management at Glion London, talks about what she likes about her studies:

“I would recommend Glion because it develops us students to understand what the real working world is like. It puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of professionalism and it instills in us the importance of soft skills in the industry.”

In hospitality and events work environments, good collaboration is needed between colleagues. Communication must be clear. Strong interpersonal skills are therefore a real advantage among an international team working on a fast-paced project.

As we know, communication by nature is two-way. Improved listening skills and experience in negotiation gives Glion students the ability to deal with challenging situations with ease. As part of an international student body, students have the unique chance to practice their language skills. It may be French, Mandarin, Spanish, or another language that they aspire to speak. Recently, the student Campus Life Leaders at our Bulle campus in Switzerland have put in place a ‘language exchange’ program between students and a local college, allowing students to practice their French and English.

Glioners satisfy their curiosity about the world around them while learning to express themselves in a sophisticated way, beyond state boundaries. International companies from across the globe travel to the Glion campuses to recruit cosmopolitan students for their companies, for internships or management trainee schemes. Basic or advanced language skills on your CV tell of your ability to show respect for international guests while making them feel at home. Skills of this kind can therefore enable you, the aspiring employee, to add value to your résumé and stand out from the masses. This increases the range of opportunities for employment available to you.

To discover more, ‘watch this space’ as we reveal the last reason to study in an international environment on the Glion Blog in the coming weeks!

Thank you to student Claudia for sharing her experience with us.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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