Tips for new internationals in the UK
Here you are. You have made the decision to move away from home to start studying in the UK, away from your family and friends, and away from everything you know. Right now I can imagine you are full of different emotions- from uncontrollable nerves to intense feelings of excitement. And I can almost guarantee you will be on this emotional roller coaster for a lot of your time studying abroad but I can also promise you won’t ever want to get off.
As you move into your new student accommodation and try to figure out your surroundings there are a few things you should prepare yourself for during your time studying in the UK.
1. Meet new friends
As an international student, you should get ready to meet people who will forever change your life. It is amazing to think you may find your best friends while studying abroad and it’s even crazier to think it took you coming to a new country to find these people who you can’t imagine life without.
2. Not only studying!
You are a student, but that doesn’t mean you should always stay in the libraries; anticipate getting involved in a lot of things your university has to offer. Most UK universities have countless organisations and tools specifically for international students. Not only will you have the opportunity to meet other international friends, but you will also be able to get more involved in the city and school!
3. Make a change
Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone and try to meet people from all over the world. You will be experiencing many changes being in a different environment. Use this opportunity to study abroad to find out new British habits that you never even considered. Who knows, you may learn bits of a different language or find an interesting new recipe!
4. Take it easy!
You have already taken a huge step in deciding to start studying abroad in the UK. Gear up for an experience you will never forget, friends you will always cherish, and memories you will talk about years later.
5. Be a new you
Don’t think of yourself as an international all the time. You might want to blend in and go along with the new British lifestyle in order to truly feel part of the community. Good luck!
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