Coming to another country is not easy, it is natural to be nervous thinking about how you will adapt here. You thought that you might get a little bit lost but worry not, in this article, we’ll tell you some tips that will help you adjust to a new country as an international student!
1.Adopt the local lifestyle.
You need to live the culture and the experience. Curiosity becomes your best ally. Mingle with locals, sample local dishes, attend cultural events, get acquainted with different courtesy codes. In other words, accept being surprised and mesmerized! Remember not to become someone else and adhere to all local habits, but to experience the culture of the country in which you live.
2. Build a social life.
Establish links with the locals. Your knowledge of the country will be increased and your sense of belonging will be reinforced. You can start this connection before you arrive through online communities. Getting along with those who already have a step ahead in their experience in the country will not only avoid possible isolation in arriving, but will also provide you with practical advice: efforts to open a bank account, get a family doctor, health system, selection of insurance, and so many more.
3. Understand the academic expectations
Not only are you adjusting to a new country, but you are also learning how to handle a different academic system which takes time. Understanding expectations will reduce your anxiety about school work. Chat with your teachers or trainers, advisor, and friends about what is expected at your college. This will soothe your nerves and help you approach your classes appropriately.
4. Consider getting a job or internship
Your standard of living will change to adapt to your new surroundings and you may see the need to have a steady flow of income. To keep their head above water, international students can seek out internships and jobs that are available for international students through their school’s international student center. In Canada, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Imagine the experience, network, and of course, the pocket money you’ll gain through a job opportunity!
5. Maintain links with your country of origin.
Try to maintain relationships with people at home while you are away by keeping in touch regularly. Studying abroad certainly changes the way of seeing your own country. However, adapting does not mean giving up your own culture. The challenge lies in managing to build a kind of double culture. So it is best to keep in touch with friends and family who have often been temporarily left behind. Stay connected and share your experiences with them. Chat via social media, email exchange, return from time to time in your country. These efforts also help mitigate the impact of the return from abroad.