Studying abroad is undeniably one of the most wonderful experiences a student can be a part of – plenty of culture, knowing about oneself, visiting the world, and growing knowledge in not only a particular field of study, but also of the world in common. But, irrespective of how amazing the chances studying abroad bring to you, it can also incite unexpected downbeat responses too. Here is a short list that may be relevant to something your friends/relatives experienced or are presently experiencing while they are studying abroad; despite of how happy they are in the city of their choice. Life away from family just hits you – and it might not always get you what you wish.
But it doesn’t mean that you give up on finding the ways to fit in. And what’s better than to know what challenges students like you face when they go abroad? Read all about it below and try to find a way around them.
1. Which exams should I take?
The most important question that lingers every abroad aspiring student is which study abroad exams to take.
Starting from GRE, SAT to GMAT, and some language test like TOEFL and IELTS, there are a number of tests which students need to sit through in order to get admission in their dream university.
The level and number of tests which have to be undertaken varies from degree and colleges.
2. Which college should I choose?
Another difficult and one of the most time-consuming decisions is which college to choose. There are a number of good colleges in almost all the countries of the world and that is what makes the decision crucial.
Opt for a college that offers the course you wish to build a career in, that meets your budget, and have a diverse student group. Choosing a college on the basis of these factors will make it easier to manage your life abroad.
3. Will the funds I have, sufficed for the time I am there?
It is recommended that you should aim for scholarships offered by international universities. But it is also expected that if you are planning to study abroad, you have enough money to handle your expenses.
Meanwhile, you can also opt to work part-time, while studying. There are plenty of options available for the international students. Doing this will not only give you an extra income, but will also provide you certificates and/or experiences to add in your resume later.
4. Will I have Language barriers
If you are planning to study in places like France, India, Japan, etc. the one problem you might across is languages.
It is true that English is a globally accepted language, but you might be given projects or assignments where you’ll have to interact with the locals. Knowing the place’s local language will not only help you with meeting your needs, but will prevent you from becoming an outsider.
It is expected from the international students to know how to converse at the basic level in the particular foreign language.
Studying abroad can be a life changing experience for many, but for you to succeed, it’s important that you’re aware of both the pros and cons. Now that you have a fair idea of the difficulties that you might have to face maybe it’s time to start finding solutions.
All the best for your future!
Author Bio: Tripti Rai writes on the behalf of shiksha.com, she advises students on right career choices, exam advice, educational institutions etc. Along with education, she also likes to talk about real estate whenever she gets a chance.