How to overcome with study abroad challenges
What is it like for an Indian student to study abroad? The truth is, it is not very easy. But, everything that you go through is worth the effort. Most Indian students have lots of questions including minor queries and major concerns about their life in their host nation.
Here are a few challenges that you may encounter abroad:
1. Accommodation issues
Indian students may find it tough to find proper accommodation in a foreign location study in France, Germany, and Sweden while pursuing higher studies. It may also be hard to find accommodation that is near the university campus, has a good infrastructure and suits their budget.
2. Time zone bothers
Trying to direct two time zones on differing ends of the planet can be annoying at best. You continually have to double check what times are suitable for which time zone, and get in the routine of making phone calls super early in the morning or late in the evenings.
3. Financial problems
Pursuing higher studies abroad is costly and students may face monetary problems at some point or other. While seeing the cost related with studying abroad students have to take care of tuition costs, accommodation costs, living expenses, books, cost of traveling etc. it may also be necessary to purchase a personal computer or a laptop etc. to help oneself study. During a financial emergency, it may be difficult to arrange for necessary funds needed to take care of expenses.
4. Overcoming the language hurdle
Indian students going to countries where English is spoken as the first language, may find it problematic to overcome the language barrier. Students may find it hard to speak fluently in English and at times may find it hard to clearly understand what the natives are saying. The use of English words and phrases may differ in different countries abroad. Although there are standard examinations such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS,GRE, GMAT that a student has to clear before getting admitted in a foreign university, matching the pace, accent and tone of the foreign counterparts may be challenging.
5. Living an independent lifestyle
For an Indian student it may be difficult to manage the entire cooking, cleaning, washing etc. in the beginning unless accustomed to do these jobs along with studies. Unlike India, it is very expensive and difficult to hire help to get these jobs done. However, with time the students will be able to adopt such a lifestyle and learn to commute between nations, pay bills and manage expenses by themselves.
The experience abroad for an Indian student could be life changing. One may face issues but for a short-interval of 5 to 6 months, then it becomes part of their daily routine.
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