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Adaptation to another country: main tips for foreign students

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Adaptation to another country: main tips for foreign students

Studying abroad opens up new possibilities and allows for amazing experiences. However, life away from the familiar environment, family, friends and acquaintances takes some time to adapt in a foreign country. Joining student life, getting used to new rules and requirements is not easy, especially when in a foreign country.   We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the recommendations that will help a foreign student quickly get used to the new conditions in universities and language schools.

Chat with people

Often foreign students join up in groups (read - hang out only with Russians) and keep themselves apart from the rest, but this approach aggravates the situation. Make friends from the country where you are and communicate with them regularly. They will introduce you to local traditions and customs, support you in learning the language, help you overcome embarrassment and avoid culture shock.

Become a member of a local club or organization

Take an active part in the life of the university or school. This is one of the most effective and efficient ways to meet new people and join the team.

Surround yourself with what suits your interests

Don't forget about your own interests, and the adaptation process will be much easier! Go to concerts, music bars, and learn about local bands and artists. Don't be afraid to step out of your "comfort zone", do what you like and enjoy life.

Improve your language proficiency

As you speak the language, you will feel comfortable and relaxed. A good level of knowledge will facilitate the learning process and help to painlessly go through the adaptation period.

Travel the country

Many foreign students do not travel outside the city in which they study, which is a mistake. Traveling will help you fall in love with the country you are in, explore its culture and traditions.

Be aware of what is happening around

To become a full member of society, stay up to date with the latest news and events: watch local news, read newspapers and magazines, listen to the radio and watch TV channels.

Keep in touch with family and friends

Some students feel lonely because they are cut off from friends and family. It is important that during this period there is someone close to whom you trust. Chat with loved ones more often using instant messengers.

When studying in a foreign country, it is important to understand that discomfort is inevitable, but not permanent. There will come a moment when your perception of reality begins to take on bright colors. The above tips will help accelerate adaptation to new realities and get answers to many questions of interest.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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