Most future students who contact IEI ask two questions: How do I apply? And how much do classes cost?

They probably wonder if they can afford to study English. Maybe you’re wondering the same thing. But consider a different question: Can you afford not to study English?

The benefits of bilingualism

Bilingualism (knowing two languages) is a critical job skill in many career fields. If you are fluent in English, more job opportunities are open to you in any field that deals with international partners and customers. In addition, learning more than one language increases your brain’s capabilities, making you a better employee in any job.

Work abroad

If you want to work in an English-speaking country, your native language plus English fluency will make you an appealing job candidate. In the U.S., foreign language skills are in high demand in careers in customer service, education, government, military, science, law, and healthcare, according to CNN. Also, translation and interpretation are among the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. with a growth rate of 29% expected between now and 2024.

The bottom line

So how much more money can you make if you are bilingual? One article from the BBC estimates that you could earn an additional $128,000 over 40 years.  That makes our tuition sound like a pretty good investment.

The Economist reports that even by 2050, no more than half the world’s population will know English. Which half of the world do you want to be part of?