Francophones! Are you thinking of studying your degree in English, even if it’s your second language?
It could be a good idea: having a degree in your second language is a great way to demonstrate your fluency. It’s a good way to improve your language skills, too.
Being bilingual has some big advantages – here are the 5 biggest benefits to studying your degree in English:
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1. You could earn more money
Bilingual folks earn more money than folks who only speak one language.
Researchers found Canadian men who speak both French and English earn 3.8% more, while Canadian women earn 6.6% more. Meanwhile in California, government workers who are bilingual earn an extra $0.58 per hour. Over the course of a year, those differences add up!
So if you want to increase your future income, doubling down on your language skills is a good place to start.
2. You’ll have more career opportunities
Speaking more than one language automatically gives you access to a wider range of jobs.
You can apply to English-speaking jobs as well as French-speaking ones, secure in the knowledge that your language skills are up to scratch. And you’ll also be a stand out candidate for jobs which require both languages!
The bottom line is, boosting your language skills to the next level increases your chance of being employed after graduation.
3. You’ll find it easier to work in English-speaking countries and companies
Being fluent in English can make a big difference to where you can work.
You’ll find it easier to relocate to an English-speaking country or part of Canada – whether you’re attracted by the job opportunities, the quality of life or just the adventure of moving somewhere new! And you’ll also find it easier to get work with (and thrive in) an international company, as the main language they use is often English.
If you want to give yourself an international career, consider taking your degree in English.
4. You’ll really master your second language
Even if your language skills were good to start with, using them during your degree can really take them to the next level.
You’ll be able to immerse yourself in your second language during your studies – with books, videos and lectures all in English. As you become more and more comfortable with the language, you might even start thinking in English, too!
If you really want to improve your language skills and become an expert, studying your degree in English is the way to do it.
5. You’ll boost your brainpower
Being bilingual can actually affect your brain (in a good way!)
Researchers have found that being bilingual improves your ability to focus, concentrate and solve problems. Plus, it’s even thought to protect your brain against developing dementia.
Brushing up on your language skills by doing your degree in English can benefit your brain health for decades afterwards.
Are you ready to start studying online?
To study with us at NAU Canada Online, fill out a Student Application for Admission here.
If you have any doubts or question, feel free to call us on 855.210.5641 or schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to speak to you!
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