Pros and Cons: Attending an international school in Japan

Any decision regardless of its size has both merits and demerits. Attending an international school is no exception. I attended an international school my whole life and even though I did not make this decision myself, I am truly thankful that I was able to attend and spent my 12 years of schooling in this environment. 

When making a major decision, I always make a pros and cons list to help me weigh out the different hardships I might face. Hopefully this will help parents and students make a great decision during their educational career. 

 

Pros

Become a top student in the world-scale

Assuming that English is not your first language and that the international school isn’t in an English-speaking country, attending an international school will lead you to be bilingual, or even trilingual. Being bilingual is a pro on its own, but by learning in English, you get to stand alongside top students all over the world. As English is the most commonly accepted language worldwide, you are open to a wider range of opportunities. You get the chance to study with top students all over the world, at top institutions with rigorous curriculum and teachers. Furthermore, many offer language classes at school, which can introduce you to a third language. I believe that just being bilingual wouldn’t be so special in the near future, and being proficient in a third language is the way to go.