The Importance of Family to International Students

Source: UKCISA, The PIE

Our families shape us from when we are children all the way into our time as adults. Thus, it may not come as a surprise to find that healthy family relationships are important to the international student experience.

Colleges and universities see students as adults but when international students come to a new country to study abroad, away from the support of their families, their grades sometimes tend to suffer and they may even consider dropping-out.

Higher education institutions can assist students coming from abroad in numerous ways. Helping students integrate into their new community could allow them to feel like they belong to something larger than just their classes. That feeling of togetherness and the experience of being a part of a group can do wonders for foreign students in terms of support.

Making Friends Abroad: What you need to know before you go

Originally from Canadian Bureau for International Education Student Blog

The contents of this post detail one very introverted and very awkward individual’s experience making friends abroad during her year abroad.

Going abroad is kind of like going through your freshman year of college all over again; everyone is new, everyone is nervous and awkward, and everyone is desperate to find their group of friends – and fast. Sparked by a fear of being left out, you could find yourself halfway through your semester abroad, looking at the (very nice) individuals you hang out with every weekend, and thinking to yourself,

“I don’t have anything in common with these people.”

Maybe this post will help you avoid that. Or maybe you’ll end up in that situation anyway.

It’s easy to be lonely
Going abroad can be a daunting experience because loneliness is a more apparent option than ever. It’s at times like this when you think to yourself how much easier life would be if you were an extrovert – always the first to click “going” to a expat meetup event on Facebook, always the first to introduce yourself first to the person sitting next to you in class, always the first to follow someone you met “that one time at that one place” on Instagram. If you are like that, then making friends abroad should be as easy on your year abroad as it is anywhere else. But if you aren’t, things get a little more complicated.

Trial and error
You’re going to have to go through a lot more “trial and error” in finding the people who you feel compatible with: pushing yourself to go to events that you don’t want to go to, and introducing yourself to people who you have little interest in. In short, you’re going to have to make an effort that you normally wouldn’t have to make back home. It can be tiring, annoying, and a pain. At one point, you’ll probably find yourself fully dressed and ready to head out the door, but thinking to yourself that watching Friends in your sweats would make for such a better night.

Perseverance is key
But, if you want my honest opinion, the awkward moments when you’re really not clicking with the person you’re talking to, the times when the event you were looking forward to ended up being a bust, the situations when the person sitting next to you seems to have little interest in whatever you’re trying to say… they’re worth it.

People need other people, and your time abroad isn’t an exception to that rule. When you’re studying in a different country (likely in a culture that you didn’t grow up in, constantly surrounded by a language you might not be able to speak), being able to share the stupid embarrassing stories – where you accidentally offended the waiter or tripped face-first walking down the street – is everything.

For some people it’s easy to meet new people. For others, not so much. No matter who you are, it’s necessary and important.

Yeji Lee, University of Toronto, Sciences Po

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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

A 2018 study conducted by Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) signifies the quality of Canadian education system as the primary reason for international students to choose Canada. However, selecting the right institution is a complex task and usually filled with apprehension and anxiety. It is at this stage that Canada Campus Visits comes in.

Being one of the better academic advisory providers for your success, Canada Campus Visits has revolutionized the landscape by conducting exclusive education tours for international students who wish to study in Canada.

Conducted quarterly, these educational tours offer a real sense of campus life as students get a chance to interact with college faculties and meet admission counselors, professors, labs, dormitories, and more. Students attending these tours are provided with the necessary to make an informed decision.