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The Pros & Cons of Studying Abroad

A recent post by Students Explore Australia looked at many of the benefits and drawbacks of the study abroad experience. For some, traveling to a new country can be something they have looked forward to for years. Others though might be hesitant to leave their friends and family before going to a part of the world they barely know.

For a brief taste of the article, here are a few points to be made for each side of the overseas education argument:

Pros

  • New outlooks and perspectives
  • Adventures and life experiences
  • Improved salary/career prospects

Cons

  • Homesickness
  • Tuition costs
  • Culture shock

To read the full post, we encourage you to check it out on the SEA website. It’s full of information and insight that will prove useful to any student considering studying abroad to further their education.

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International Students Discuss Studying Abroad During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The thought of studying abroad during a global pandemic may seem daunting to many. However international students in countries around the world are managing as best they can while they pursue their higher education overseas. In the above video, THE Student asked five overseas students about their university experiences in the age of COVID-19.

The students highlighted a rage of topics from what the visa application process was like to advice on making friends in online lectures. They also shared their most important tips for anyone who is thinking about their own study abroad experience in the future.

How To Revamp Your Time Management

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With so many things to do before your study abroad adventure begins, it is important to make sure your time management skills are sharp. With applying for study visas, admission to colleges and universities, and scholarships, feeling as though there are not enough hours in the day is understandable. Here is a list of tips to improve your ability to get everything done on time.

  • Ask for help: Being resourceful will help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.
  • Organize your workspace: Organization will strengthen your focus and limit distractions.
  • Determine what makes you productive: Understand when and where you are most motivated to get work done.
  • Entourage matters: Build a support network to encourage you to keep going.
  • Working through feedback: Don’t let criticism hold you back. Learn what you can from it and continue on your path.
  • Talking back to your perfectionism: If you were already perfect, you wouldn’t need to be in school learning. Relax and take time to grow.

25 Reasons to Study Abroad

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There could be many reasons why you might be hesitant to pursue an overseas education. Nervousness about leaving your friends and family, fear about living in a new country for the foreseeable future, etc. When you stop to thinking about it though, the benefits of studying in a foreign country greatly outweigh any amount of negative aspects. Here’s a list of some of the ways studying abroad is beneficial to students in the short and long term. Give it a look and let us know if the list is missing any.

Tips For Attending Campus Tours

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There’s a lot to do before you go on a tour of what may be your future college or university. Things to see, speakers to listen to, brochures to bring home and totally read in your precious spare time. The entire process can be stressful but here is an outline of how you may want to approach campus visits with us.

Before the Tour: Review the colleges and universities we’ll be visiting and try to decide which will be the best place for you. If you’ve always wanted to pursue your education in a large city or small town, focus on schools in that type of setting. Be sure to also go over the kinds of programs that are available at these schools. Finding the program you want in a location you like will help you know what campuses to focus on.

During the Tour: Ask questions, interact with people and take notes. With five colleges and five universities to see on a Canada Campus Visits tour, there will be loads of information available to help you decide what school to make your study abroad destination.

After the Tour: If your final decision isn’t an obvious one, don’t worry. Review the information you have from the tour and don’t be afraid to follow-up with the institutions you’re interested in if you have questions. Choosing where you want to study overseas is a big decision but you shouldn’t rush to make it. Go over your notes, remember what you liked about each campus and follow your heart.

Stop Stressing About Your Grades

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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.

Ways To Adjust After Moving To A New City

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It should come as no surprise that making the decision to study abroad can greatly impact your life. The quality of your post-secondary education, your career opportunities and the number of likes your photos get on social media can all increase as a result of overseas experience. However none of this changes the fact that you will need to adjust after shifting to a new city or country.

Laura Byager recently published a list of tips that helped her cope after moving from Copenhagen to London. She suggests that after moving, you should:

  • Be truthful about your feelings
  • Remember that you don’t have to do things just to fit it
  • Get to know your new surroundings
  • Dive into local culture
  • Get enough exercise
  • Remind yourself why you decided to travel
  • Know that it doesn’t have to be forever

Canada Campus Visits Helps Ease Your Transition

If you are serious about completing your education in a foreign country but are hesitant about facing culture shock upon your arrival, Canada Campus Visits is for you. Our campus tours do more than just show you the different facilities on college or university campuses. We take you to different cities in Canada and give you the opportunity to see what they are like first-hand. By seeing what the atmosphere and culture of a campus is like, students will be better prepared when they embark on their study abroad adventure in their new home.

5 Tips to Help Bust Stress While Studying

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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.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

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A student who made the decision to travel abroad and pursue higher education recently published an article highlighting some of the things I wish he had known prior to beginning his journey. We recommend it to students looking to study in Canada who are in need of a few extra tips.

Location Isn’t Always Everything: Regardless the campus you choose, you’re going to find ways to enjoy yourself. Book a campus tour, see the institutions you like and don’t stress out about whether every single second of your time spent there will be perfect.

Know Why You Want to Study Abroad: Ask yourself what you truly hope to get out of your time abroad. Are you aiming to gain international experience to benefit your career or explore a new part of the world while seeing the sites? Knowing this will help you make decisions going forward.

Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card: Many credit cards and financial institutions will charge you extra fees for overseas transactions. Finding a credit card that avoids this situation while helping your earn cash back on travel related purchases will help your savings last the duration of the trip.

Take Less Pictures: Experiencing the place you’re studying in doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with snapping hundreds of photographs. Try to explore while doing less picture taking. Instagram likes are fine but having stories you can tell is always better.

Leave the City: Don’t be afraid to stray from the beaten path from time to time. Big cities and tourist attractions will likely be the first places you want to visit but remember that smaller towns have plenty of charm too.