How International Students Interact on Campus

Sources: Fast Company, Study International

Colleges and universities are more than just places to study. They act as places for students to network and establish some of the most important relationships of their lives. However new research shows that many students are failing to venture outside of their cultural circles or away from others who share their field of study. While foreign students are likely to interact with others who come from countries overseas, only a small percentage of them were seen to socialize with domestic students. This is unfortunate because one of the best ways to learn about a new country is by getting to know the locals.

Higher learning institutions should to put a greater emphasis on groups and activities that encourage diversity among their students. Overseas students must also put forth an effort to build relationships with students from different academic and cultural backgrounds. By getting to know each other, we all gain a better understanding of the world and can truly claim that diversity is our strength.

Top 5 Reasons to Study In Canada

Source: Universities Canada

A group of students completing their post-secondary education in Canada was recently interviewed about how they enjoyed studying in the country. The group was also asked to discuss the reasons that made them choose Canada as an international education destination. They explained, in the above video, that Canada is known for offering educational programs that are recognized globally at rates that are more affordable that other countries. Canada also boasts a safe, multicultural society with colleges and universities that strive to see their students succeed.

Keeping Your Cool While Studying Abroad

Source: Disney, Study & Go Abroad

Spending time abroad is fun but can be difficult to do when you’re trying to complete your education in a new country. Your study abroad experience may not always go as smoothly as you expect but here are a couple of tips to keep you as stress free as possible.

Swap your Scenery: Whether it’s a coffee shop, on public transit or in a park, don’t be a afraid to come out of your room to study in a new environment. A bit of fresh air never hurts when cramming for a test.

Seek Help When You Need It: New countries and new campuses make for new challenges galore. Should you need assistance with anything, your friends, student counselors and faculty members are usually more than willing to help. Those closest to you want to see you succeed so never be afraid to reach out to them.

 

Staying Safe While Studying In Canada

Source: Study International

Universities, colleges and Canadian law enforcement agencies are encouraging international students to stay alert in response to recent scams targeting those who are new in Canada. Criminals have been found wrongfully impersonating officials and threatening foreign students with deportation or arrest unless certain demands are met.

Authorities suggest that those who may be contacted in such a way get in touch with their local police station to determine whether or not the message is legitimate. On-campus international student offices can also provide assistance with these situations. Canadian institutions aim to maintain the safety and well-being of students and will do their best to support those involved.

Ways To Be A Social Butterfly While Studying Abroad

Source: Study International

Regardless of their age, students always want to have friends to rely on at school. This can be even more important for international students than most because they may need people in their life who can help them maneuver through a new country and culture. One article suggests these steps to making friends while you study abroad:

  • Don’t place too much pressure on yourself
  • Meet as many people as you can
  • Do what you like doing
  • Don’t be afraid of trying new things
  • Embrace and enjoy the experience

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Applying to University Overseas: What to Consider

Source: Times Higher Education

Choosing to study abroad can be almost as stressful as it is exciting. If you don’t prepare yourself for what your upcoming adventure will have in store for you, things might not go exactly as you hope. One article suggests a number of things you might want to look at before submitting your application.

Different countries may have colleges and universities with application systems that you’re not used to. Some are based on academic achievement while others may take into account letters of recommendation or an entrance essay.

Many institutions have core values that set them apart and are meant to appeal to their students. Some are more focused on creating world citizens who make a difference, while others strive to mold students with excellent grades.

By taking the time to look into the institutions where you may want to complete your education, you will be better off when you finally decide to apply. With Canada Campus Visits, you can attend several campuses on tour with us and get a feel for each of them. You can experience student life in Canada and empower your decision making before applying to schools. Reserve your spot with us and let us help simplify your application process.

How Living Abroad Helps You Develop a Clearer Sense of Self

Source: Harvard Business Review

With an ever increasing number of people choosing to study abroad, recent studies have indicated the positive effects international travel experiences can have. According to the Harvard Business Review, travel abroad increases your creativity, lowers tendencies to suffer from group bias and promotes overall career success.

Research was conducted with almost 2,000 participants and claimed that those who lived abroad had a more defined sense of themselves. Such clarity was associated with improved performance at work and personal well-being.

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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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.

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