4 Top Tips for Studying Away From Home

Leaving the comforts of your own home to study in another country can feel like a big step, but there are a few things you can do to help make the experience easier. Here are some of our top tips to help you settle in and ensure you enjoy yourself:

  1. Remember You’re Not Alone

Try and remember that you are not the only person who will be feeling home sick and anxious! The majority of your classmates will probably feel the exact same way, as they will have all left the comforts of their own home too. Try and keep busy to avoid the feeling of loneliness.

  1. Be Proactive

If you’re normally quite a shy person, you may be tempted to hide away in your room. However, your experience away from home will feel very lonely if you don’t make an effort to meet new people and make friends. Although it can be scary, we advise you to be brave and more proactive when it comes to introducing yourself to others.

Being proactive is also important in terms of seizing new opportunities. It’s important that you make the most of your free time in a new country, so try and join in with activities and do some exploring.

  1. Stay in Touch with Family

There is nothing wrong with missing your friends and family from back home; it’s completely normal when you’re in an unusual environment to feel homesick. Since it’s comforting to hear a familiar voice from time to time, we suggest you stay in touch with your family and friends on regular basis.

That said; try not to let frequent phone calls interfere with your schedule. After all, it would be a shame to miss out on other opportunities.

  1. Only Pack Essentials

For many students, sticking to the essentials can be tough. However, you should take the time to think about what is truly necessary to make the travelling easier. If there’s anything you’re missing after you have arrived, you can always visit the local shops.

So, although it might not be easy to adjust right away, you should try and turn your anxiety into something productive. You’re sure to experience some personal growth and develop your independence. By the end, you probably won’t want to leave!

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