Adapting to life abroad
Moving abroad to study is the start of an exciting adventure. You’ll make new friends and experience life in a different country. But you may also miss the familiarity of your home life. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone in feeling like this.
Both the UK and US are diverse nations, welcoming people from different faiths and cultures. Allow yourself time to adjust to Western culture and before you know it, studying abroad will become one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
Top 5 tips for feeling at home overseas
Be open to new experiences: Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. With a positive attitude, you’re more likely to see the best your new home has to offer.
Get involved in activities: Join clubs and societies to meet like-minded people and make friends.
Stay in touch with friends and family: Talk to people you miss from home but remember, your new life is here, so focus on that and making new friends.
Connect to your culture: Eat and cook food that reminds you of home. Wherever you study, you’ll find restaurants and supermarkets selling food from around the world.
Take each day as it comes: By setting yourself small, achievable goals and developing a routine, you’ll soon feel secure and familiar in your new home.
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