What are the challenges of studying abroad?

Should I study abroad if I have never left my country?

For many students, studying abroad could be their first chance to leave their home country. However, opting for a semester, year, or full degree program can be very intimidating if you're not sure if you live abroad at all. Here are five challenges you are likely to face the first time abroad and five reasons you should still take the plunge!

Challenge # 1:

They lack some key international survival skills

No matter how much you read before your trip, some typical travel situations will put you on a loop because there are only so many Google queries a person can enter. What do you do if you accidentally take the wrong bus and land in a city where you can't pronounce the name from? How do you avoid getting ripped off in a shady restaurant that takes advantage of foreigners? You won't know everything and, like many first-time visitors, rely on your indomitable youthful spirit, the kindness of strangers, and learn from your mistakes. You will be scared and you will make some rookie mistakes.

Why should you study abroad anyway?

You become a great traveler almost overnight

Your crash course in traveling and living abroad will equip you with some crazy talent. Understanding what a safe and unsafe area feels like, booking cheap airline tickets by booking on local websites, and not offending your local friends' grandmas are skills you can learn to take with you to new places and cultures. Some of these talents may revolve around letting go of things and moving with the flow, but again these are an essential skill to living internationally.

Challenge # 2:

Studying abroad in a foreign language country can be problematic

Have you ever immersed yourself in a language outside of a classroom? Prepare to feel confused and confused, feel frustrated, and frustrate those around you. If you're like me, get ready to be easily exhausted and spend a few evenings with your thumbs at the party first as everyone is having a great time forgetting that you don't understand what they are saying. Classes that are supposed to be held in your native language can involve lengthy discussions in a language that you are not fluent in. Buying embarrassing medication could become even more embarrassing if you weakly pantomime your traveler's diarrhea symptoms to a pharmacist.

Why should you study abroad anyway?

You will receive a crash course in a foreign language in the most practical way possible.

Studying abroad in the language you learned in a classroom will take your language skills to the next level. Whether you want to be able to partake in conversations in noisy bars using the local slang or just order dinner and a taxi, learning a language with the locals will give you the real training to say what you want to say .

Challenge # 3:

Account for differences could be difficult

If studying abroad is your first adventure outside of your country, you can first refer to the local currency as that of your home country and often raise your eyebrows at cultural norms that seem downright insane. When you spend your time in an international crowd, that kind of judgment is really going to be out of place and you might be asked if you have ever traveled before. Depending on how much diversity you grew up with and got more open-minded after a ride with a jet and passport stamp, there could be a lot.

Why should you study abroad anyway?

You will feel comfortable embracing and embracing diversity.

Your friends and professors will help you expand the range of your "normal" things, asking you why you are who you are and how you do it. Chances are, a lot of the things you thought were standard just because your parents, the neighborhood, and the media taught you that is what it is. You will leave your studies with some new habits, favorite foods, and background friends that you would never have met before.

Challenge # 4:

You may not be prepared for a different academic style

Each undergraduate degree is different from what you encountered in high school and secondary school. Likewise, and postgraduate degrees will have different standards and expectations than a student. Studying abroad will add a new level of difference. Depending on where you're from and where you're studying, you might be shocked to learn that you are expected to write original theses, only expand on (unfamiliar) academic theories, complete weekly check-in assignments, or never take a test to take up to a crucial final exam. It can be difficult, and those students who don't listen to signals from their professors and don't pay attention to the type of work their local colleagues are doing can be caught off guard and fail all of their classes.

Why should you study abroad anyway?

You will learn how to meet different expectations

In your adult life, no one will describe exactly how you can be successful. Your first boss will expect you to come to your new job already prepared to succeed and meet their expectations. When you study abroad and are pushed into an entirely new academic system, you become an expert at reading signals and proactively determining what you need to do to be successful.

Challenge # 5:

International friends may be new to you

Making new friends can be difficult, but having nothing to do with new acquaintances can be particularly challenging. Depending on your background, you may never have had a friend from another country and you may be concerned about offending them, not understanding them, or just being too different to really get along.

Why should you study abroad anyway?

You'll be pretty talented in making new friends

As long as you are:

  1. No idiot
  2. Interested in making new friends,

During your studies abroad you will be friends with people who come from different countries than you. Your ability to make new international friends will give even wallflowers a solid foundation for making new friends in the future. When you return to your home country, you may be surprised that you are looking for expats to add to and expand your social circle.

What do you think? Are the challenges of studying abroad worth the rewards? If you think you might want to study abroad but you are not sure where you are, take our quiz: "Where should I study abroad?"

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