What is an International Education and Why Does it Matter?

December 27, 2022

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, it’s more important than ever for students to have a global perspective. An international education is one way to provide students with this perspective. Not only does an international education expose students to different cultures and ways of life, but it also teaches them to be active and engaged participants in the world around them.

What is an International Education?

International education is an educational approach that incorporates a global perspective. It is based on the belief that students should have multiple opportunities to learn about different parts of the world and how they are interconnected.

This type of education goes beyond simply learning about other cultures; it also teaches students about global issues, such as climate change, poverty, and economic inequality. At EBI, we are a diverse, supportive community that inspires our students to become successful global citizens.

International education also focuses on developing language skills. In order to be truly effective citizens of the world, it is important for students to be able to communicate with people from different cultures. By learning another language, students can break down barriers and build bridges between people from all corners of the globe.

Why is an International Education Important?

In today’s increasingly connected world, it is more important than ever for students to have a global perspective.

With instant access to information from all over the planet, students need to be able to critically evaluate what they see and hear. They also need to be able to navigate different cultures with respect and sensitivity. An international education, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program in particular, helps prepare students for this by exposing them to different points of view and teaching them how to think critically about the world around them.

Here are some of the many benefits of an international education.

A Broader Worldview

One of the most important benefits of an international education is that it exposes students to different cultures and ways of life. This broader worldview can help students develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the diverse world around them. Additionally, by learning about other cultures, students can gain a better understanding of their own culture and how it fits into the larger global context.

Improved Communication Skills

Another benefit of an international education is that it can help students improve their communication skills. When students are exposed to different languages and cultural norms, they must learn to adapt their communication style to be understood by others. This skill is invaluable in today’s increasingly globalized workplace, where successful communication across cultures is essential for success.

Learn or Master a Language

Studying in an international school accelerates fluency in speaking, reading, and writing a foreign language by providing students with the opportunity to hone their language skills in the classroom and through interaction with their multilingual peers. International schools like EBI offer a bilingual program or a variety of languages taught through their curriculum. Students can not only become fluent in more than one language but will also be academically prepared for future study in another language.

Enhanced Critical Thinking Skills

An international education can also help students develop enhanced critical thinking skills. By considering multiple perspectives on the same issue, students learn to think critically about the various points of view and make informed decisions based on their analysis. These critical thinking skills are essential for success in both academic and professional settings.

Develop a Global Network of Life-Long Friends and Connections

Both in and out of the classroom, an international education experience enables students to develop friendships and build lasting relationships with the entire school community and beyond.

More and more, families are embracing an international education to enrich their children’s lives by exposing them to a multicultural learning environment that fosters understanding, promotes an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives, and supports positive change in the world.

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is proud to be an independent PreK-8 school offering a multilingual, international education that inspires our student to engage with a changing global world.