Common mistakes made while studying abroad and how to avoid them

The thing about studying overseas (and really, life in general if you think about it) is that while many people are keen on wanting to pursue it when push comes to shove, they manage to faff it up somehow. Overseas education is a once in a lifetime opportunity that can net you some fantastic experiences and memories. However, many common issues ranging from being ill-prepared to just making unwise choices or decisions can sour everything

Trying to avoid that is the entire point of today’s article. So, get strapped in, folks. We’re going to tackle some of the more common blunders that fledgling students make while studying abroad. Let’s get started, shall we?

Choosing the wrong Institute/course

Yes, this is indeed a thing that happens, folks. I’m sure you’re wondering how such a thing can happen, right? After all, leaving one’s country is a big decision. Indeed, one might say that choosing overseas education in and of itself is essentially a life-changing decision. How could anybody manage to choose the wrong course or institute when the stakes are so high? Well, allow me to elucidate further, dear readers. What we have here is generally a case of followers mentality. Essentially what happens is that a prospective student hears a really glowing review about a college from someone they know. So enamored are they by the mere idea of studying there that they fail to further research whether these places are ideal for the specific course they want. I remember folks: Extensively research the system you want to take up and the best institute for that purpose.

 Not learning the local language

Now this one can require some more clarification to avoid needlessly intimidating anyone. So, let’s set things straight. Do you need to learn the local language to study abroad? No, you do not. From a purely educational standpoint, knowing English should suffice in most places. However, studying abroad isn’t just about learning. It is also essential to keep in mind that that country is your home for the duration of your course. To at least some extent, knowing the local language can help enrich the experience. You don’t need to master the language and start writing a treatise on the subtle nuances in their literature. Merely getting down the standard greetings and everyday phrases can help immensely. Besides, learning a new language is never a bad thing, so you might as well go for it.

Not learning more about the host country

Similar to the prior mistake, a crucial thing that not too many people seem to consider is that different countries are, in fact, different. Shocking, I know. But it is nevertheless true. Every country has its own laws. Having a basic understanding of them will allow you to more easily acclimatize to life overseas.  

Expecting the impossible

Expectations really can be the gateway to disappointment, as they say. Unfortunately, far too many people go into an overseas program with the native mindset that their entire experience will be completely perfect and free of any issues and strife. Here’s the thing, folks. Abroad or not, this is still life. Life isn’t perfect. Even the most thought-out plan can be overturned by unexpected circumstances (Like maybe a pandemic that sweeps the globe out of nowhere, among other things.) While we can’t be ready for every eventuality, expecting the unexpected and accepting that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows make it less likely to be completely blindsided by any issues that may crop up.

Not preparing a budget scheme

Let’s keep this one simple, shall we? Money. It’s essential. Furthermore, it isn’t exactly growing on trees. In many cases, the cost of living abroad can be significantly higher (or lower, but that’s less likely to be sad) than here in good old India. Therefore, we strongly advise that you learn more about the general expense of living in whichever country you decide to study in. Making a budget plan beforehand and sticking to it can help you avoid subsisting on candy and juice for sustenance.

Letting the freedom go to your head

Let’s be real her. This is just about inevitable. Leaving your home to seek your destiny can leave you feeling pretty exhilarated.It’s just you against the world,doesn’t it? The joy However, the novelty of this newfound freedom can get pretty intoxicating, though remember that you chose this path for a reason, and ultimately letting loose on parties and such could end up sabotaging your plans. However, we don’t precisely want to come off as fun police. Just make sure that you’ve got all your responsibilities managed before you decide to celebrate,e yeah?

Too much travel

This one is a bit in line with making a budget plan. Being in a new country, it can be tempting to pack our bags weekly and take a short flight, train or ferry to a new tourist spot. But remember that while a couple of such trips can be relatively cheap, the expense can build up to the point where you may find a significant hole in your pocket. With all of that being said,d though…

Too little travel

Honestly, though, being just an hour away from, say, Paris and not taking the chance to go is a pretty depressing one, isn’t it? We are personally just making a list of places you want to go to on a scale of excitement. This can allow you to experience some of the wondrous places that you may have always wanted to go to. As long as you prioritize things correctly and keep an eye on your expenditure, you should be fantastic.

Sticking to only what’s familiar

Being in a foreign country can be a pretty daunting thing. With so much being unknown to you, you may make the mistake of trying to cling to familiarity at any cost while subsequently avoiding any exploration. What do we mean by this? Eating at only fast-food joints that you remember back home for one thing. Another example is trying to make friends with only people of the same nationality as you. While these things may feel like they help in the short term, you then miss out on the remarkable exchange and experience to be had if you were just willing to leave your comfort zone for a bit. Trust us, try new things. Meet new people. That is what makes a chance to study abroad worthwhile.

And that’s just about all we have for you today, folks. Once again, we thank you for having stuck around till the very end. We hope that somewhat we have covered today has somehow proven to be useful or informative. Here’s hoping that you have a wonderfully enriching experience studying overseas. Good luck