Universities vary from country to country. Study regulations and rules in your home country may not be the same as in some other. So if you plan to study abroad, you should prepare for some changes. It’s always better to know what to expect beforehand so you could limit your time for adjusting to the new system.
Here are six ways which will help you with getting to know your international student life better, and also make you feel more welcomed.
Meet new people
You can find out a lot about another country through its people. If you’re shy, you might have some trouble with meeting new friends. But you also shouldn’t forget your bravery to study in a foreign country. Check the couch surfing network or language clubs in the country you’ll be studying. Also, see if there is a foreign student group you can apply to.
This will make it easier for you to open up to new people and feel more relaxed if you hear stories similar to yours. Also, you can ask about the studying and living conditions, as well as ask them to recommend some great places to get to know life in that country better.
Ask for information
See if you can schedule a meeting with the counselor or any other university employee who can give you more information. As a foreign student, you may have opportunities like special orientation groups and guided exploration of the campus. Some universities can assign another student to be your guide and help you get to know the place better.
No matter the case, you should always ask questions about the things you don’t understand or need any clarification. If you don’t feel comfortable asking them right away or think it’s not the right time, write them down for later. The more information you have the easier it will be to get used to the curriculum and university rules.
Do some extra research
It’s not so hard to find the information you need if you do some research online. You should have a detailed look at the desired university’s website for starts. Usually, universities have websites in several languages and you can easily access the documents about the programs and requirements. If that’s not the case, check the message boards and personal experiences by other students.
When you collect the information, look for the further explanations, for example, about the books and grading system. The latter varies in some countries considerably than what you are used to. Also, see if the degrees are legit and acceptable in your home country, as well as what kind of nostrification it may require. This will help you to know if you can find a job with the diploma you have and how to have it recognized in yours and others countries of interest.
Overcome the language barrier
Language is something that presents the number one problem for studying abroad. Most universities will accept foreign students who can study in the English language. If this is the case, you might be needed to provide the proof of your knowledge. You can take extra English lessons and also start learning the one native to the country you’ll be spending several years from then on. Some universities will even provide lessons for their official language of business during your studying.
Be an early bird
Getting up early and starting with your choirs may seem like a little too much considering you just started to settle down, but it’s actually going to help. The abundance of new things can be overwhelming and you should start sorting out your duties as soon as possible. This tempo will help you be more organized and in control of your time. As well as make it easier to know the place more quickly and get used to the routines.
Check in the library
Every university has a library. If not, you can always go the biggest one in the place you’re staying in. This may seem unnecessary since nowadays you can gather most of the information online, but actually, this is useful for other purposes.
Libraries have some additional reading materials which might not be online or you’ll have to buy. Also, they're quiet and can help you concentrate on the study materials and writing papers. Another plus side is that libraries sometimes let you use public computers and this is great if you don’t have your own yet. More importantly, for a small yearly fee with a student discount you can enjoy the privacy and peacefulness of the public library.
Respecting the rules, requirements and traditions when studying abroad will help you easily accept the new life. It’s nothing to be scared about and you probably already know what to expect since you chose the specific university. Just don’t forget to have fun and meet new people, since that’s the part of student life too.