Challenges of Studying Abroad


Pursuing higher education abroad is a life-changing experience. Studying abroad is also a synonym for a dream come true. It is a path to a unique experience, an opportunity to travel, make new friends, learn a new language, and get a world-class education. Studying abroad is exciting, but it also comes with many difficulties, just like every coin has two sides.

Let's have a look at them :

    Linguistic Barrier
  • Initially, it might be hard for you to understand their language or accent and make others understand you.
  • Certain English words and phrases may be used differently in several foreign nations.
  • The foreign nations' pace, articulation, and tone may also be a little harder to match.
  • Feeling alienated
  • Unknown places, names, and faces might make you feel unwanted and like an outsider.
  • Having no friends might make you feel like you are on a different planet.
  • Cultural Differences
  • Everything from food and customs to transportation and clothing styles may differ from those in your own country.
  • It might be an intimidating experience.
  • This cultural difference can initially lead to frustration and anxiety.
  • Currency Differences
  • Being unfamiliar with common financial jargon.
  • Not familiar with the exchange rates.
  • Time-Zone Difference
  • It can be incredibly challenging to navigate between two time zones on opposing sides of the globe.
  • Making sure the time is accurate as per both time zones before calling the family.
  • Homesickness
  • Delay in getting preferred accommodation.
  • Difficulty in managing daily expenses and feeling like you are getting overloaded and losing all the money.
  • Unfamiliar food and not being able to have comfort food.
  • Managing your laundry, academics, and all the points mentioned above can lead to homesickness.
  • Ways To Overcome These Challenges
  • Try to learn the native language of the country you are planning to move to. Practice will make you perfect.
  • Before moving to the new country, learn about the exchange rates.
  • Learn the money slang used there from your local friends.
  • Apply for scholarships and part-time jobs to manage your dailyexpenses.
  • Observe people around you and learn their culture as well as the unwritten rules of their culture
  • Make new friends and build your network. Socialize with them and open yourself to learning new things.
  • Stay virtually connected with your family and friends back at home.
  • You'll understand how much you genuinely adore your new home once you've overcome these obstacles. You will miss the locals, the food, and many of the little, routine things when it's time to leave after your studies are through. You'll miss the independence, the adventures, and even the difficulties. So prepare yourself for your new life and live it to the fullest.

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