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Challenges Of Studying Abroad-how To Overcome Them by joehotnaija(m): 3:19am On Aug 08, 2019
Studying Abroad – whether you are going to another English speaking country or opting for a totally different foreign country -There are a series of unforgettable experiences and a great opportunity for any student to learn effectively. Study programs abroad allow students to make new friends, experiment and mature with new cultures and become more independent than ever before.

Studying abroad can be an exciting time in the life of every student. You can move to a new country and learn new skills and make friends for life. In as much as there are benefits for studying abroad it does comes with its challenges. Thus, as a student abroad, you will have some difficult times. In this article, we will be discussing study abroad UPS and DOWN and how to solve it.

As you know the best way to mitigate potential problems is to feel prepared to face them, a road bump here and there does not have to derail you or detract from your overall time abroad. Therefore, the Free Schools abroad Team have put together Barriers a student faces when they want to Study abroad and their solutions

Barriers to Study Abroad

You can refer to it as The Challenges of Studying abroad

Many think that going abroad will be as quiet as other types of travel: enjoy, eat and have fun. But studying abroad is not a vacation. It is real life. The cost of dining at the restaurant will eventually add up, late nights will lengthen your sleep during class and the overall pace can make you run away in ruins. Even if you do well, you will find the study abroad ups and downs that affect you, day in and day out – sometimes exacerbated. Here is a list of what to expect.

The Language Barrier

The main problem abroad is the language barrier. Living in a country where nobody speaks your language can be very isolating.

Communication barriers are a fact of living abroad and making sense of the lifestyle of foreigners. This means that many students studying abroad may feel lonely and homesick

You can let it stress you or you can see it as a learning opportunity.

Cultural Differences

In addition to the language barrier, there will also be difficulties in culture. Each country has its own culture and you may find it difficult to integrate. This can be especially difficult when you live with roommates. The behavior of your roommates may seem strange and bad, but in your new home, these behaviors are quite normal.

You suddenly look and feel very lonely. You are surrounded by other people and your appearance, your fashion, your inability to communicate in the language of the country or your general presence are of course … different. Never before have you felt so uncomfortable or disconnected.

Finances–Running low on cash

Despite all your efforts to plan, budget and track your spending throughout the semester, there might this one weekend you may have spent too much. Nobody can blame you for managing your double-digit bank account.

Like all students, from time to time you will have difficulty controlling your finances. If you live abroad, it can be harder to reconcile your living expenses and your study expenses. Concerns about your finances can slow you down and make you feel alone or stressed out.

Academic Difficulties

Honestly, you can have trouble when it comes to starting classes at your new college or university. The language barrier only can contribute to this challenge, because you may be taking your courses in a language you don’t even understand the first word.


We have already mentioned homesickness, but for many students abroad this can be a real problem. You live thousands of miles away from your friends and family, making you feel isolated. Universities around the world are faced with students’ problems with homesickness, which shows how widespread the problem is.

But then, It is perfectly healthy and normal to feel homesick, just do not let it become a crippling part of your experience abroad. Your support networks are still there!

Time zone annoyances

Trying to navigate two time zones on opposite ends of the world can be really frustrating. You need to constantly check what time is appropriate for each time zone and make a habit of calling early in the morning or late in the evening.

Getting used to currency differences

Getting used to currency differences is also a difficult process. For example, in Costa Rica, you need to remember that 500 Costa Rican colones is equal to one dollar. And in continental Europe, you will have to remember that anything that costs €1 actually costs $ 1.40.

As with most foreign learning challenges, currency differences are some of the things that do not really hurt you if you only stay for a short time, but have a big impact if you stay at least one semester or more.

Wanting to stay forever

You have fallen in love with this new place-You love everything about it – the sights, sounds, smells, energy. More importantly, you love the YOU that lives here. You feel more self-confident and self-assured than ever, fearing the idea of returning home Like the saying goes every good thing surely comes to an end.

YOU WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE SOLUTIONS TO THESE CHALLENGES? CONTINUE READING [url]https://freeschoolsabroad.com/challenges-studying-abroad/

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Re: Challenges Of Studying Abroad-how To Overcome Them by Babsmike(m): 4:05am On Aug 08, 2019
Nice info

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