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“Santander believe that all students should have the opportunity to study abroad as it is a great experience that will enhance their job prospects, learning to adapt to different cultures and academic environments and in some cases learning a different language. All of which are positive aspects of a very rewarding “once in a lifetime” opportunity.  One of the key elements in Santander’s commitment to higher education is our support to internationalisation. That’s why at Santander Universities we support outward mobility funding thousands of scholarships and travel grants every year.”   

Simon Bray, director Santander Universities UK:

You may be wondering if it is a good idea for your son or daughter to go abroad. We want to reassure you that it is! Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who stand out from the crowd and spending time abroad as part of their degree can really help students do that.  International experience is not just for graduates who want to work abroad, in fact overseas experience is as important for graduates who want a job in the UK as it is for those who might go on to work abroad. In fact, research from the CBI found that 47% of employers were dissatisfied with graduates’ international cultural awareness and 55% were dissatisfied with graduates’ foreign language skills. Spending time studying, volunteering or working abroad as part of their university education increases students' employability. Don’t just take our word for it though:

I would always look favourably on graduates who have spent time working or studying abroad. Not only does it demonstrate a go-getter attitude, it tells me they have many of the skills that the business world value. These include the ability to quickly integrate in unfamiliar teams and situations, a sensitivity and understanding of different cultures to their own, and an overall robustness which so many graduates lack when they first enter a business”.

Susie Stanford, Head of Business Development at Sapinda UK Ltd

International experience builds skills for employability, and skills for life.

"The individual benefits gained from outward mobility opportunities are well-known. This experience enables young people to develop skills that will serve them for the rest of their life. They increase their language proficiency, adaptability, self-confidence and employability. They learn to stand on their own two feet and to live and work with people from another culture. In short, they open their minds”.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

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