It really does depend where your program places you in your destination country,
but living with like minded students is a positive thing for you. Some programs tend
to place international students with families in the local area, but, whilst this
is good to get some interaction with ‘the locals’ you will be able to meet more people
if you are sharing a place with other international students from many different
countries. You are all in the same position and can start some good conversations
this way – its always easier to talk to people outside of class time too, when you
can really socialize.
2. Learn the Language
Many students do go to another country to study knowing very little about the language
of the host nation – and to be honest most Americans and British people assume people
will speak English to them – and surprisingly most people will. But, when you are
in lecturers you will need to understand what exactly the lecturer is actually talking
about and having a clear grasp of the language and vocabulary will mean that you
will be able to enjoy your classes more and increase your understanding.
3. Remain Flexible
Living in another culture will mean that there are huge changes in the way they run
their academic system. You will need to remain flexible to anything that is ‘thrown’
at you and look at the funny side of everything – having a sense of humor is a must.
Remember that it isn’t home and you need to adjust and adapt to the way that people
do things and interact where you are going, if you don’t then you will not enjoy
it as much.
4. Go sightseeing
There are many different places to see in a host of different countries and actually
getting out there, looking at some heritage and speaking to the locals will men that
you are enriching in your experience. Use the time at the weekends to enjoy time
in the country where you are studying and you will be thankful at a later date for
doing this. Plus you’ll probably get some great photos to put up on Facebook.
5. Keep a Journal
Keeping a record of what you have done and writing down your thoughts and feelings
everyday will allow you to learn even more from the experiences you are gaining.
This is also a great way to relive your experiences in later years and have to opportunity
to reflect on how the whole experience changed you and the way you think, feel and
interact with other people.
6. Adjustment to the Environment – The most difficult job for an international student
is to adjust to the new environment. This includes adjustment to the climatic conditions.
Most students fail to adjust to such climatic conditions, and you should be mentally
prepared for the different situations that you will be experiencing. The next adjustment
will be towards the work culture and what is involved.
7. Attitude – You should maintain a positive attitude. By positive attitude, I mean
you should be optimistic; you should look at every situation positively. Don’t let
a situation dishearten you, and in spite of the failure, if any, don’t stop your
8.Set goals – It is a very important tip, as this decision of yours will decide your
future. Have a clear view of your goals. Remember that you cannot achieve success
until you have a specified your goals in life.
8 .Balancing your life – The next problem faced by most students is by making a balance
in their lives. By balance we mean maintaining equilibrium between your studies,
sports, other activities, rest and meals.
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