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International Students: Settling into Uni Life

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Starting university is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming for international students who may not be familiar with the culture or academic expectations of their new environment. Let us take some of that pressure off and share with you some tips and insights to help make your transition smoother.

Your University

Firstly, it’s important to research the university and the city beforehand. Look at the course content and the modules you’ll be studying, as well as any clubs or societies that may interest you. This will not only help you feel more prepared, but it will also give you a sense of belonging and purpose once you arrive. Take a look at our blog ‘Making Friends at University’ for more ideas of how to immerse yourself into student life.

If you have the opportunity, it’s also a good idea to visit the campus before starting. This will help you get a feel for the environment and allow you to meet some of the staff and students. It may also be useful to attend any orientation events that the university offers for international students.

Embrace The Culture

One of the biggest challenges for international students is the language barrier. If English is not your first language, it’s important to practice your language skills before starting university. You can do this by reading books, watching movies or TV shows, and practicing speaking with native English speakers. Many universities also offer language classes or language exchange programs, so take advantage of these resources if they’re available.

Another important aspect to consider is finances. Studying abroad can be expensive, so it’s important to budget and plan accordingly. Look into scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as part-time work opportunities on or off campus. Many universities also have support services for international students, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Once you arrive, it’s important to be open-minded and willing to try new things. Embrace the culture and make an effort to meet people from different backgrounds. This will not only help you feel more comfortable, but it will also broaden your horizons and make the experience more rewarding.

Academic Expectations

One thing to keep in mind is that the academic expectations in a new country may be different than what you’re used to. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help if you’re struggling. Many universities offer academic support services such as tutoring or study groups, so make use of these resources if you need them.

Prioritise Self-Care

Another important aspect to consider is mental health. Moving to a new country and starting university can be stressful and overwhelming, so it’s important to prioritise self-care. Take breaks when you need them, practice relaxation techniques, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you’re struggling. Many universities offer mental health support services, so make use of these resources if you need them.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the experience! University is a time to learn, grow, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you, whether it’s joining a club, attending a cultural event, or exploring the city. And remember, it’s okay to make mistakes and have setbacks along the way. It’s all part of the learning process.

Starting university as an international student can be a daunting experience, but it’s also an opportunity for personal growth and development. By researching the university and the city beforehand, practicing language skills, budgeting and planning, being open-minded, seeking help when needed, prioritising mental health, and having fun, you can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable. Remember to embrace the experience and make the most of the opportunities that are available to you. Good luck!

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