TEN ADVICE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Becoming international students could be an excellent first step toward a new (and potentially life-changing) experience for most people. Therefore, we want to simplify things for you by offering our best ten recommendations and advice.
1. Budget for student life
Plan your budget before you arrive by researching the local price of popular items or services in the country you’re staying in (e.g., cost of bread, beer, public transport) and what student discounts are available there.
2. Improve your command of the English language.
You will be able to communicate and learn more quickly if you are fluent in the local language. Even if your studies are not conducted in the local language, learning a few key phrases will demonstrate to those around you that you have made an effort to communicate effectively.
3. Become a member of society.
This could be related to a current interest, or it could be something completely different that will force you to step outside of your comfort zone altogether. In either case, it will provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, most likely from a variety of different backgrounds, as well as a few social events to look forward to during your first few months.
4. Become wholly immersed in the culture.
If you’re studying abroad, we’re assuming it’s not just for the opportunity to receive a top-notch education. But also for the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of a new culture! So make the most of your time by learning about the culture and trying new things – from food and entertainment to national holidays or events, and, of course, meeting the people who live in the area.
5. Establish support systems both at home and abroad.
During your academic career, you will almost certainly experience feelings of loneliness or stress. Even though this is normal, it is critical to surround yourself with friends in your new location who will support you while maintaining contact with friends and family back home who you can turn to if you are homesick or feel isolated.
6. Investigate low-cost travel options.
This could be tailored to students at your university, students in general, or a selection of ‘young person’ choices. You will be able to make the most of your time and money while you are there if you do so. Particularly during the holidays, when you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about your new home.
7. Become acquainted with the grading system.
Make sure you know about the country’s grading system before going if it is different from yours. This will assist you in determining your goals and the hurdles you must overcome.
8. Can you tell me about your typical week?
Determine the typical timetable for the course you’re taking so you can plan your week and understand what is expected of you. Alternatively, you could look for general advice for that country or university on the internet. Is the emphasis more on lectures or seminars, for example? How long are these sessions scheduled to last? What level of student interaction can be expected? How much reading or preparation do you think you’ll need to do in advance? Not only can this vary depending on the course subject matter, but it can also vary depending on the country. Your university’s website and general student websites are excellent places to start your search.
9. Don’t forget about student assistance programs.
Look up campus services/offices such as the International Office or the general Student Support Office before you leave or as soon as you arrive on campus. Knowing what services are available and how to access them before you need them is critical. For example, knowing whether or not counseling services, a student health center, or housing services are available.
10. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance.
Getting yourself ready for the transition of moving to a new country and beginning higher education is critical to your well-being. This time, on the other hand, is intended for learning and exploring the unknown. So get out there and explore! Remember that you will not be expected to know everything, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re not sure about something – this includes asking for use outside the classroom as well.
Conclusion: WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL TRAVELING EXPERIENCE
To be honest, we firmly believe that international travel is THE journey that will enrich your life with experiences and memories; as a result, all of these suggestions are both friendly and valuable! Hope our ten advice for international students helped you gain a clear vision and confidence.
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