Reasons and considerations
Studying abroad is more popular than ever. Students choose it for many reasons such as stepping out of comfort zone, immersing in a foreign culture, learning foreign language skills, different education and business practice, making lifelong connections and expanding their global professional network. Several points should be considered at the very beginning. Cost of studying can vary a great deal between different schools. So cost research should be very careful to calculate all costs such as airfare rates, costs related to food, clothing and other basic goods, monthly expenses.
Of course, there are opportunities like grant and scholarships to help if the program doesn’t fall within your budget. Students should concentrate on program format that will help them to get the best return on their investment and earn their degree within a reasonable timeframe. Timeframe offer is very wide including academic year, semester program, summer program, intersession program, internship program and intensive language program. Destination decision should be based on factors like geography, arts, weather, food, politics and other.
Students gone abroad are considered valuable to companies and organizations who operate on a global scale. Many linguistic experts agree that cultural immersion and daily conversation are most important for becoming fluent in the second language. Living in a foreign country forces individuals to take part in new customs, traditions, and way of life. Many studies abroad programs incorporate in cultural activities to help enhance the overall experience.
Before taking off
Most of it makes proper documents such as properly filled program application with your general information, health clearance, or recommendation letters. Passport with, in most cases, student visa which processing could take months. Locating reasonable flight prices could be very tricky especially when including luggage questions. If study abroad location doesn’t matter except current medical coverage then best option will be international health insurance. Knowledge of some basic local laws and unique cultural differences will make everything much easier.
International calls are quite expensive so today best, and cheapest option is to use computers with chat apps like Viber, Skype or WhatsUp to contact family and friends.
Cultural shock is quite inevitable when individuals find themselves in an unfamiliar environment and cultural norms. There could appear few phases of that shock. First usually students get caught up in the excitement after comes experiencing feelings of frustration and irritation in unfamiliar situations.
Next stage could be marked by anxiety, loneliness, and homesickness. In their final phase, students felt comfortable and adapted to local regular basis. Getting to know locals help with cultural immersion. Regular exercise, hobbies, and outdoor activities will help students staying busy and distracted. Students who follow a reasonable budget will be able to enjoy a wide range of host country’s local cuisine. Simple precautions like traveling in groups, trying to blend in, drink wisely are all good to make your safety increased much as possible.
While most students are thrilled too be back and see family, friends and familiar environment in many cases appear feelings of sadness and disappointment. But keep in mind that goodbye, for now, doesn’t necessarily mean forever.