Thursday, 16 February 2017
5 Common Challenges you’ll face while Studying Abroad
Studying abroad offers a unique opportunity to grow academically, professionally, and personally while going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There are a number of other benefits to studying abroad; however, there are also numerous challenges.
What is it like for an Indian student to study abroad? The truth is, it is not very easy. However, everything that you go through is worth the effort. Most Indian students have tons of questions including minor queries and major concerns about their life in their host nation.
Here are a few challenges that you may encounter abroad:
1. Accommodation problems
Indian students may find it difficult to find suitable accommodation in a foreign location while pursuing higher studies. It may also be difficult to find accommodation that is near the university campus, has a good infrastructure and suits their budget.
2. Time zone annoyances
Trying to navigate two time zones on opposite ends of the planet can be frustrating at best. You constantly have to double check what times are appropriate for which time zone, and get in the habit of making phone calls super early in the morning or late in the evenings.Indian students may also feel home sick staying far away from family and friends.Students who are very close to their parents may find it tough to stay alone. Such students may feel lonely and will have to learn to manage their emotions in the absence of their close companions.
3. Financial/Monetary problems
Pursuing higher studies abroad is expensive and students may face monetary problems at some point or other. While considering the cost associated with studying abroad students have to take care of tuition costs, accommodation costs, living expenses, books, cost of traveling etc. it may also be necessary to purchase a personal computer or a laptop etc. to help oneself study. During a financial emergency, it may be difficult to arrange for necessary funds needed to take care of expenses.
4. Overcoming the language barrier
Indian students going to countries such as UK, US, Australia etc. where English is spoken as the first language, may find it difficult to overcome the language barrier. Students may find it difficult to speak fluently in English and at times may find it hard to clearly understand what the natives are saying. The use of English words and phrases may vary in different countries abroad. Although there are standard examinations such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS,GRE, GMAT that a student has to clear before getting admitted in a foreign university, matching the pace, accent and tone of the foreign counterparts may be challenging.
5. Living an independent lifestyle
For an Indian student it may be difficult to manage the entire cooking, cleaning, washing etc. in the beginning unless accustomed to do these jobs along with studies. Unlike India, it is very expensive and difficult to hire help to get these jobs done. In overseas countries such as UK, USA even domestic servant charge on an hourly basis which may be very difficult to afford. Hence Indian students may face problems in managing household work with studies. However, with time the students will be able to adopt such a lifestyle and learn to commute between nations, pay bills and manage expenses by themselves.
The experience abroad for an Indian student could be life altering. One may face problems but for a short-interval of 5 to 6 months, before it becomes part of their daily routine.
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