Why should you choose to leave everything you know and just fly off to another country by yourself? Sounds scary? Well – I am about to give you a completely different story.
It is pretty normal to hear a range of different opinions about going abroad to study. Its scary, expensive, what if something happens, you’re alone and so on. I know these types of questions are the ones that prevent many students from actually jumping on a plane and leave their country. I want to answer some of the questions I frequently get from people that consider studying abroad, in order to help you make the right decision!
1. I would have to be really tough to study abroad
No, definitely not! I think its more about being independent and learning about yourself as you go. When I first arrived in Australia it was scary because everything was new and I did not know anyone. But 24 hours later, I had settled down in my apartment, met my roomies and already established a form of connection with the place. Everything goes quicker when you are put in a situation where you have to be independent and figure out things yourself. You also learn so much about yourself in the process!
2. I am afraid that I won’t manage to study at an english University
Every student that decides to study abroad thinks the same and I was no different! I thought it was hard in the beginning to figure out how the assessment worked, where to go and what to do. Luckily, here at USC we got so many services for students where you would be able to get free help with either planning, assessments, referencing, health and wellbeing, social life and so on. We literally got some kind of service for everything! I remember I used a lot of these services in the beginning and suddenly everything made so much more sense.
3. I don’t think I will be able to survive on the money I get from Lånekassen (or other governments). Adapting from work to student life will be hard.
It totally depends on how much money you have saved before you decide to study abroad. However, I have managed to survive pretty good on the money I have received from Lånekassen. I think its all about trying to put up a budget each month (e.g. 700$ spending on food) after paying rent. If you do not waste that money on to many social activities, clothes and other stuff you will be more than fine!
4. My english is not good and I think I might struggle to adapt
But this is the reason why you should go! My english was not the best when I first got here and now I (almost) sound Australian. Haha, not quite but I am definitely way better then what I were. You learn along as you go and after living here for a while you will be surprised how normal it will eventually be to speak english!
5. Its just safer to stay at home completing my degree and then travel later in life
This is of course an option for many that I respect. However, I think many people forget that studying abroad is something that you can’t do when you get a permanent job, a house, family and so on. Studying abroad rather than travelling for 6 months gives you so much more than just the journey itself. You get to know people from different cultures, explore more rural areas (not just the tourist places), live at a place you can call home and explore the country for a longer period of time. I could not imagine replacing the experiences I have gained throughout my two years here with anything else. It is a life-changing experience.
6. It is too far away from home
I am also a person that really like spending time at home and close to my family. However, studying abroad is an amazing experience that will make your time fly and before you know it, you will be back home again. This semester for me has gone so quick and I am already flying home in July again! It feels like I was home only a month ago and it is strange. Considering that it can often be a long way home, if something would happen and you would need to go home there will always be alternative options and solutions. Also, if you figure out that studying abroad is not your thing then at least you’ve tried it out!
I hope these questions answered some of yours! However, if you got any questions about studying at USC (The University of the Sunshine Coast) or questions in general about overseas studies I will be happy to answer them as well by e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.