When you know it is time to go abroad and study at a university or school in a foreign country, you need to prepare yourself for a happy learning environment
One of the most difficult things about studying abroad is not the language, but it is actually being independent. You will be away from your family and living life on your own and supporting yourself while studying. To get ready for this massive change in your life you need to prepare yourself. So we have pointed out 2 common situations that you can overcome to avoid a bad or negative experience studying abroad.
Studying Abroad in an English Speaking Country
Most Thai students choose to study at a university in an English speaking country. The reasons for this are, firstly, that many of the universities in places such the UK, USA and Australia are the best universities in the world. Secondly, it is much easier to understand English in a country where English is the native language.
Despite the fact you are in an English speaking country – when you are on your own abroad, you need to have a plan to avoid getting lonely. Your university course should keep you busy most of the time, but there is always those times that you need to take a rest. This can be a lonely time if you have no one else to speak to.
Make sure you study the country/city you are going to visit. Look at local attractions and sightseeing spots as well as popular places to visit. This way you can make a shortlist of things to do when you have free time and be active. Being active will stop you from feeling lonely.
In short, all you need to do is prepare some activities for your free time and get out there and practise your English travelling around the country or to local attractions. This will keep your mind occupied and give you plenty to do. You never know, you might meet new friends along the way.
What happens if I study in a non-English Speaking Country?
Some of the best universities in some industries; such as leisure and tourism, are in non-English speaking countries. This can cause a few problems, but at the same time things can be made easier if you prepare.
Firstly, if you decide to study in a university in a non-English speaking country, obviously try to make sure that at least the university course you are studying is in English language. Next you will need to deal with the local language. The one big problem is sometimes apparent when you start talking to the locals. Even though many countries do have English as their second language, and a lot of people speak English in these countries, many of the locals may not speak English at all and they almost certainly will not speak Thai.
Nonetheless, if you choose wisely, there may be other Thai students studying at the university that you can speak with. If there are not many Thais there, then the best thing you can do is at least learn the basics of the language spoken in that country. For example, if you decide to study in Switzerland, then you should learn basic French and German.