Being an international student is fascinating, but also pretty challenging task. As a member of this category, I have a chance to share with you my experience.
First of all, it’s great! Integrating to the foreign culture sometimes even might change the person, in a good way in most of the cases. You start to look at the things from very different aspects. Furthermore, you’re creating the ability to understand everyone, regardless of the nation and background.
However, it requires a lot of courage and energy. And I think, the inception is the hardest part. The adaptation weeks are extremely essential. I had several problems with transportation, orientation and etc. Yes, Google maps is your main friend in the beginning of the educational adventure.
Another necessary aspect is the language. English is useful in many parts of the world, however, sometimes it’s vital to know the local language, at least a little. It would be pleasant for everyone, I think. Also in order to understand the humor or jokes, knowing the language is important.
For many students (and not only for students) food issue always plays a noticeable role. I was lucky that Italy in this issue is the one of the most desirable destinations to come. Anyways, find the best places to eat in advance.
There is also an interesting point about climate. I have a friend from university, who recently talked about temperature difference between his country and Italy. In this winter days the weather has been changing between 10-20 degrees, while in his country the figures were between -40 and -30. Imagine that.
In my opinion, one of the best achievements we can get from the studying abroad is being responsible for everything. We start to manage our own budget, deal with the local law and regulations. Describing with other words, teenager becomes an adult in majority of situations.
To conclude, education in a foreign country is a good investment of time and capital. You might get lifelong friends from all over the globe, gain golden experience for future career and just have unforgettable moments. Let’s explore the best possibilities and discover the world!