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Edwise International – Study Abroad Consultants: International students and the obstacles they encounter while studying overseas


Pursuing studies at a foreign college or university is a dream of many
students. Getting an opportunity to study abroad is very exciting. However, one
experiences a number of challenges in a foreign country. The most common
obstacles one encounters are as follows:

  The most common challenge faced by students studying overseas is
culture shock i.e. cultural differences in the new country that one has to
adjust to that are completely different from one’s own culture back home.

  Every student is expected to adjust to life in the host country.

  The Indian culture and value system varies tremendously from the ones
that students might encounter in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia or any
other European country.

  The environment, people and culture overseas are completely different
from one’s home country.

  A student will meet people from different backgrounds, speaking
different languages, eating food unheard of etc.

  The way things are done in a foreign country differ from the way
things are done in one’s home country. However, instead of criticizing the
manner in which these things are done, one should try hard to adjust to the

  Adjusting one’s self to a new culture is not easy, and one easily
experiences culture shock. However, to overcome this, one should just be one’s
self, make new friends and communicate.

  This in turn benefits one in the long run, providing one with a
well-rounded, liberal and broad-minded personality.


  Upon arriving in a new country, international students face several
challenges, the most important being the language barrier.

  In several countries viz. Germany or France, English is not the local
language and thus, language can prove to be a communication barrier.

  The most obvious of all the challenges faced by international
students, to overcome the language barrier, students may struggle to learn the
new language in the host country, or may not be able to understand the local

  Adjusting to the new lifestyle and routine may seem challenging for

  One may find it difficult to communicate with their peers and fellow
students. Thus in turn may cause one to feel unwanted or like an outsider in
the foreign land.

  However, to overcome this challenge, one should freely open up to
other people. Go out, talk to people and try to understand them.


Another common
challenge faced by students studying abroad is the feeling of homesickness i.e.
the feeling one experiences when one is away from friends and family.

Many a times, a
student has to stay all alone in the foreign country as he/she might not have
relatives or friends here.

One might
experience homesickness and loneliness for a few months as you are far away
from your beloved one’s. 

It is a very
natural feeling and to overcome the same, one should regularly talk to family
and friends back home.

Not just this,
one should also make friends in the host country, go out, talk to people etc.

  Studying overseas is an expensive affair and students are likely to
face financial problems at some point of time. One should learn to manage their
daily expenses.

  Apart from the costs of studying abroad, students have to incur
accommodation costs, traveling costs, costs of study material, day- to- day
living expenses, tuition fees etc.

  The student will also need to purchase a laptop or personal computer
for the purpose of study. In case of any unforseen circumstance, the student
may find it hard to arrange for required funds to take care of expenses.

  In bigger cities, costs are more expensive and is dependent on one’s
lifestyle, spending habits and choice of accommodation.

  Avoid wasteful expenditure. Instead, manage money. Bagging a
scholarship will help reduce one’s expenses.



For further assistance or queries students can
contact us, Edwise International, and avail for our wide range of services for
students on destinations like 
Universities in UK, study in UK, study in USA, study in Ireland, study in Canada, study in Australia, study in New-Zealand, study in Singapore and many other countries.




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