What are the most common problems for international students abroad?
Myra Chowdhury 0 last edited by
I'm planning to study abroad and I want to know which are the most common problems faced by international students when they study abroad. What can I do to avoid or overcome them?
There are a bunch of problems that students commonly face when they study abroad. Here are some of the problems faced by students-
Missing your family and friends is one of the most common problems faced by students who study abroad. The best way to overcome your homesickness is to engage in various activities and clubs in your new city.
Losing your way
New places can be tricky to navigate and there are possibilities of you getting lost over there. The trick to avoiding such situations is being prepared with maps beforehand until you get a hang of the directions of the new place.
Managing your funds
Studying abroad can be a little heavy on your pocket and you may end up you’re your money reaching as low as two digits before the month end. You must, therefore, plan extensively before spending in order to space out your expenditures.
Sincerely attending classes
You have a new country to explore with no one to tell you otherwise. So, it’s only natural to feel like you should go out and explore instead of attending those lectures. In situations like these, you must remember your end goal and what you are trying to accomplish.
Time zone differences
Your friends and family may live in another time zone. This could cause issues while trying to contact them. So don't be sad when skype calls don't work out or there is a gap in communication.
Feeling left out
Studying in a foreign country can be a cultural shock for students. It is also completely natural for students to sometimes feel excluded among the new group of people. At times like these, you should try to understand the new and exciting culture and experience it with an open mind.
The country you study in may not always have the same language as yours so, language barriers are inevitable. The best way to overcome this is to take it as a learning opportunity and try to familiarise yourself with the language as much as possible.
This is a great thread. It is highly beneficial to know what problems you might face before moving abroad. The answer above by Christine Joseph is very informative.
The only thing I would add is that what helps a lot with overcoming the common problems students face abroad is to not face them alone. If you are surrounded by other international students, you can expect to face the same problems and be able to tackle them together. Just the fact that you can hang out and talk with someone who is experiencing a similar "hardship" helps immensely.
I have experienced being the only "outsider" in a whole school when I was in Moscow, and now I know how it is like being in a school with 100% international students (Aspire Business School Barcelona). The difference is immense.
Good luck to everybody thinking of studying abroad! It is a life-changing experience!