If you are someone who wants to study abroad but aren’t sure how exactly to manage life without family, then you have come to the right place. Being able to study abroad is a great opportunity for you to explore different parts of the world and learn more by experiencing life away from home. However, many students who don’t have family or other connections abroad often shy away from even taking the chance. We are going to share some personal experiences of students who studied outside the country without having family or prior connections there.
For Aanchal*, an Indian student studying in Canada, visiting different countries wasn’t something new and she found it easy to make herself comfortable in a whole new environment. Nevertheless, she wishes she could’ve stayed with more locals and made more friends. Aanchal told us that networking while being in a new country is quite important, as it can prove to be highly beneficial in times of emergencies. It will also help you to learn more about new cultures and traditions. Aanchal’s word of advice for all those who are planning to study abroad is that “you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes and explore more, every country has its own beauty”.
Ajay* is another Indian student who is pursuing an engineering degree in Arizona. He says that his biggest challenge was understanding the American accent. However, instead of shying away, he took it up as a challenge to make as many friends as he could and learn how to understand the accent. Within a few weeks, he didn’t have that problem anymore! He also says that his friends have been extremely helpful and kind to him throughout his stay there.
Ajay made it a point to engage with support groups on campus and become a part of numerous student-led clubs. This has helped him to have a more holistic college experience and form many important friendships.
His advice to prospective students is to research well about the country and city that they are planning to live in and have a broad idea about what the culture is like. If you have difficulty in understanding the accent or dialect of the place, watching movies or shows from that part of the world can be helpful. Furthermore, if the country that you are planning to move to is a non-English speaking country, it is best to learn the language as much as you can.
An Indian student who recently graduated in Germany, Sara* says that her experience was so enriching that she is currently applying for her Master’s in Germany as well. Her initial fear was that she would be all alone in a country full of Germans and she would not be able to fit in. However, the minute she entered her college campus, she was proven wrong. The college was full of international students from all over the world, and even countries she hadn’t ever heard of! This made her much more comfortable during her studies.
She says that she has seen a lot of students hesitate from applying to colleges abroad as they are quite unsure of themselves and think that studying abroad isn’t for them. Her word of advice is that anyone can choose to study abroad and make a better life for themselves. With the wide options available in scholarships, financial aid, and affordable tuition, students can make the best of their education.
Germany is one of the up and coming countries for education, especially since they provide extremely affordable yet some of the best education in the world. Sara suggests that students planning to study abroad must consider Germany to be a top choice along with other countries.
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The students we spoke to had lots more advice. Here are some of our favorites:
- “Starting your life in a new country while being a student can be quite hard to manage. There will be so many places you’ll want to visit and new things you’ll want to try out, but it is essential that you keep academics as your top priority.”
- “Getting involved on campus with clubs, support groups, and other communities is a great way to network and build connections. The more people you know, the better it is in times of an emergency.”
- “Apart from forming connections with your batchmates, it is important to get in touch with seniors, professors, and the alumni community. This will help you immensely in applying for further education opportunities, building a career, and staying updated on great internships and job opportunities.”
- “Don’t worry about being stuck with your choice. The college you join may not be the college you graduate from. Students often transfer for a variety of reasons like finances or finding better options after already joining.”
Here’s a link to help you figure out how to transfer as an international student in the U.S.
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Take full advantage of all the opportunities you get! Remember that education isn’t limited to what you learn in class, but also comes with the experience you gain from living in a new place. All our best wishes are with you!