Studying abroad is expensive. That is why there is a wide connotation that only rich people have the capacity to send their kids to study on established universities and international schools overseas. But it can still be attainable even for middle-class people like most of us – only if you have the strong will to do so.
The first few steps may require time, effort and brain cells to push through. But when you persevere towards your goal of studying abroad on a prestigious school, it will definitely be worth it. Once you are set to travel outside your country and comfort zone towards a new school from a land faraway, the next chapter is all about your survival. It is one thing to be accepted to a school abroad, it is another thing to manage to graduate from there. The rest of this article will help you adjust and take advantage of this great opportunity while surviving the hustles ans bustles of studying abroad.
First things first
Once you set foot on a foreign land, it’s hard not to feel like enjoying and touring all over the place. But before you even land, train your mind to focus on your main goal all the time – to study and graduate from that particular school or university in which you are about to enter. You are there to study first and foremost. Traveling should come in last as of the moment.
Wise exploration is key
Explore the area to find a good place to stay and to familiarise yourself for transportation and directions. You can also find some good yet affordable restaurants or food stalls, convenient stores, banks, police stations and all the necessities. But remember, wise exploration is different from just simply strolling and wandering off.
Respect culture and beliefs
Aside from the culture and beliefs of the country where you will be staying for a couple of years, you will also encounter co-students and even teachers/professors from different nations and upbringing once you step in an international school or university. Having a little background on diverse cultures can save you and even earn you with new friends. Take advantage of cultural classes if any. International curricula usually have at least one subject allotted for this.
A part time job can help (only if permitted)
If you already have a scholarship, good for you. But you still need some extra income generator for other necessities and even emergencies. Find a flexible part time job that can help you sustain your needs. But if your scholarship or schedule won’t permit it, then don’t push it.
Social connections will save you
Keep your smile ready at all times. It is generally a universal language to gain a friend. In order to survive a strange land, you will be needing one (or more).
Good food can be affordable
Food is important to survive of course. Keep tabs of affordable meals around the school and stay area. Your social connections can most likely help you with this.
If possible, apply for additional scholarships that can give you additional cash or support aside from tuition fees. If you are not allowed to apply for a part time job, at least find additional financial aid.
Studying abroad can be scary and a lot of work. But remember, nothing too valuable comes in for less or free. The question is: are you ready to take on the challenge?