Choosing to study in a foreign country is a major decision for anyone to make. It is understandable that many international students spend a large portion of their time worrying about their grades when they’ve already committed so much to pursuing their education abroad. If you’re one of these overseas students, here are some things you can do other than stress yourself out during your time abroad:
Set goals for yourself
Get enough sleep
Get regular exercise
Spend time on your hobbies/interests
Be with your friends
While each of these seem simple, they are crucial to remember. Taking care of yourself properly will help keep the stress away so you have less worries and more time to breathe.
If you’re curious about what a typical day is like for an international student who chose to study in Canada, you’re in luck. Times Higher Education published an article from a student outlining what a regular day on campus is like for her. She discusses commuting to school, what her courses are like at university, places on campus to study and how she spends her free time.
Of course, your experience as a foreign student may differ. Some colleges and universities are bigger than others and cities across Canada offer varying amounts of hustle and bustle. To get an authentic feel for student life in Canada, our campus tours are open and are great at helping overseas students find out what Canadian school is best for them.
An international student recently described her experiences in a Times Higher Education article. Upon moving to a new country to pursue a higher education, she had to adjust to life in a multicultural area that was completely new to her.
When she successfully completed her overseas education, the experience she gained while living and working abroad set her apart from the competition when pursuing a job after graduation. The student feels that her communication skills were improved as a direct result of her time immersed in a foreign culture. She recommends an international education to any student looking to improve their career opportunities.
A study was recently conducted in the hopes of determining whether or not international students were able to increase their intercultural maturity during a short-term study abroad program. The program lasted nine days but data received from the student participants was promising.
The travel abroad students were observed to have successfully improved their interpersonal, intrapersonal and cognitive skills within the limited time of their programs suggesting that study abroad programs can increase the development of intercultural maturity.
Research conducted at the University of Toronto suggests that mobile apps built to send study reminders to students failed to have much impact on how much time they actually spent studying. A group of students that received the notifications studied longer than a group without them but, according to researchers, not by a meaningful amount. While researchers remain confident that this type of technology can help students to a greater extent than what was indicated, they admit that many students would need to see positive results before changing their study habits.
Results of a recent survey suggest that 64% of students rate their stress level while studying at 7 out of 10. Leading causes of stress among students were due dates, exams and the need to balance school work with personal time. Students studying abroad face even more challenges when taking into account factors like culture shock and being away from home. So to help everyone better manage the stresses they might be facing, here are some tips.
Communicate Your Emotions: Writing about your feelings can help manage stress. Sometimes though, you might just need someone to listen to you. Don’t hesitate to contact family and friends back home if you’re in need of someone to share with.
Remain Organized: Managing your schedule allows you to take control over your time. By making sure there is time to spend with friends and not leaving work to the last minute, you can better navigate your busy course syllabus.
Take Care of Yourself: Eat healthy, sleep well and get regular exercise. While these things might seem simple, they each are vital in helping our bodies and minds manage stress and maintain themselves.
Be Mindful: Maybe you don’t practice yoga. That doesn’t mean you can’t still find a quiet place to relax and unwind for a while. It is important to give your brain a break now and then.
Take It In Stride: A little pressure can be a source of motivation. Learn how to use it to propel you forward. Remember not to push yourself too hard though.
International students who study abroad in Canada, or in any foreign country, should be mindful of remaining respectful and unbiased when interacting with people that have backgrounds different from their own. Developing a sense of appreciation of other cultures allows students to better cope with culture shock and view the world from alternative perspectives. Overseas students who actively try to improve their communication skills are also said to be able to better understand and express themselves to others.
Culturally Diverse Campus Tours
Canada Campus Visits allows prospective international students the chance to better their cross-cultural communication skills through our campus tours. Students from around the world take part in our tours and over the course of 10 days together have the chance to experience a new country, share stories and build lasting friendships with one another.
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.
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.
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.