As a foreigner studying abroad, if you do not know, you’d never know, except someone told you! The fact of the matter is: Forget all the starry-eyed dreams of a beautiful study abroad life; the nice pictures, the good foods, great locations….., and be ready for the unexpected – you will face some real sh*t at some point! It is guaranteed!
Don’t get it twisted – it is not all bed of roses abroad: As a foreigner in a new country, you will face some challenges from the locals and also from foreign offices – you can’t escape it; not even a good idea to think about escaping. Lol ? ? ?
You will face challenges with your studies, finding accommodation, getting internship placements, maybe doing your groceries, making friends, the weather…… But not to worry; depending on where you are and the people around you, these challenges will only last but for a short time. The truth is, as a foreigner when you first move abroad and are unfamiliar with the culture, you are going to feel very lonely for a while. Although there are ample opportunities to meet people, it will take some time before you get integrated and feel comfortable.
Best advice: Be ready; connect with like minds, be smart and flexible, also be willing to learn as you go – regardless of your plans; to study, work or live abroad!
Chaithra an Indian immigrant to Germany and a Quora.com user gave a very relatable answer to the above statement, she said and I quote:
“Being an international student, it is highly recommended that you learn the German language. You can select the study medium, either German or English but knowing at least basic German will help you in communicating to the local crowd there, making friends and also it is easier to get a job there if you know German. Initial days might be tough for you as you will be far from your family & friends, you might have difficulty in adjusting to the new country & people but once you get used to it then you will really enjoy Germany since it’s a beautiful place & people are friendly especially if you know German. Germany has warm summers & mild winters with rainfall throughout the year. You can even expect snowfall during winter.
The education system in Germany is very different compared to India. German Universities give more importance to Practical learning than theory. You will also get to do internships as a part of your curriculum. You should not depend on anyone but do your own research & Studies. You can also look for part-time jobs while studying. Usually, PG [ post graduate] courses will be for 2 years & UG [ under graduate] for 4 years. Even though you have enrolled for the course, you need to register for the exam separately within the given timeline, else you will not be allowed for the exam. The Germans are very punctual & never compromise on quality. You will find the best universities in Germany & even many renowned companies like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Ford.”
The beginning abroad may be tough but if you preserver, it’d be over in no time and you will be left with only all the goodies J