Top 10 Tips for Students Studying Abroad in 2021

Throughout the 21st century, studying abroad has become normal. It’s one of the best features of globalization.

Today, many students travel halfway across the world to study at college or university. Not only is this exciting, it’s also incredibly brave – as it takes a lot of courage and confidence to live in a different country. You might not know anyone there, you’ll not see your family or friends for an extended period, and the new culture will take some getting used to.

But, here’s the good news: studying abroad will be the best experience of your life!

Sure, there’s naturally a lot of anxiety before setting off and during the first couple of weeks you arrive, but it all fades away quickly as you adapt to the culture and start making new friends!

So, if you’re planning on studying abroad or have already got your placement finalized, here are some super useful tips that will reassure your mind and help you when you get there.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

1. Explore local areas

Whether you’re staying in a university dormitory or a rented apartment, the chances are your surrounding area is great for exploring.

There will be restaurants, bars, cafes, stores – you name it. It’s recommended that you explore these types of places soon after arrival so that you can immediately familiarize yourself with your surroundings. It’s a great grounding technique and will make you feel more at home and relaxed.

So, when you’re not studying and working, use this time to head out and explore. Here are some other top ways you can relax after work.

2. Join social media groups

If you’re studying at a new university, it’s highly likely that there’s a Facebook group specifically for foreign students who are enrolled there.

Just a quick search on Facebook will clarify this. If there is one, you should absolutely join it – as there will potentially be hundreds of people from your home country who are also studying abroad for the first time. In these groups, you’ll be able to message each other, arrange meetups, share memes, and discuss university life. A lot of people make their first university friendships through Facebook groups, so don’t be shy!

Keep in mind; everyone is in the same situation as you. And before you know it, you’ll have made new friends and be happier than ever.

3. Learn the local language or important phrases

Whichever country you’re going to be studying in, it’s a good idea to learn the language or its most important phrases (if you don’t already know them) before arriving.

This will prove to be really helpful in life’s daily situations, whether you’re ordering food at a restaurant or asking someone in the street for assistance.

4. Keep a journal

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that – once it’s over – will fill you with a sense of happiness and nostalgia.

A common regret of people who have studied abroad is that they didn’t keep a journal, so make sure that you write in one every day. This way, all your memories will be documented.

In the future, when you’re a little older, you’ll be able to open your journal and lose yourself in the memories – it will be something truly special that you’ll keep forever.

5. Regularly exercise or workout

When you’re living in a new place, it can be easy to change habits and routines. Sometimes, your fitness can take a hit because of this (especially if you’re studying a lot, too).

So, make sure to get frequent daily exercise in between your studies. The likelihood is that your college or university will have a fitness center or gym on campus. If not, they’ll be plenty of local gyms – which have unfortunately been impacted by the pandemic – for you to choose from. And if you’re not a fan of working out around other people, you can simply exercise in your room, instead. These days, lots of students are staying fit by watching virtual fitness classes online. For example, there are now tons of YouTubers who stream weekly fitness classes for people to join in with – it’s super cool and convenient.

6. Stay in touch with your friends and family back home

Whilst you’re living your new and exciting life abroad, you might find that you forget to call your friends and family as often as you normally would. This is understandable – after all, you’ll be hanging out with new friends, writing essays, and studying for exams, so your mind will naturally stray from time to time.

However, your friends and family will miss you greatly, and one day you’ll return to be with them again. It’s therefore important to maintain your relationships and keep them strong for the day you pack your bags and head back home.

Even if it’s just once a week, make sure to facetime your friends and family to keep them up-to-date with what you’ve been up to. They’ll be thrilled to hear from you!

7. Be financially responsible

When you see new shops and restaurants, it can be so tempting to spend as much money as possible. Although there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself whilst studying in a new country, you need to remember that money doesn’t grow on trees – and so you shouldn’t let your excitement drive irresponsible financial management!

8. Take lots of photos and videos

In modern life, it’s perhaps fair to say that people use their phones too much. However, it cannot be denied that smartphones are essential for capturing life’s greatest moments and adventures. Without them, people would have no physical evidence of their lives to look back on further down the line. So, don’t be afraid to go crazy with your photography. Capture every moment you like – as this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you’ll regret not making the most of!

9. Get work experience (even if it’s just volunteering)

Whilst you’re abroad, you have the perfect chance to get some work experience. If you can’t find any jobs, don’t worry – you can just volunteer at your university instead. They’ll be happy to receive your help.

10. Follow a consistent sleeping pattern

Sleep is important when it comes to studying abroad. It will keep your mind fresh and your body healthy – so make sure to keep those late-night study sessions to a limit!

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Stan T.

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Stan Tan works at OwlGuru. His job is to help teenagers and adults find a career they love. In his spare time he likes to read entrepreneurial biographies and work on his marine aquarium.

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