Believe it or not, there’re some people or students who are going abroad to pursue their degree but some problems pop up along the way. Not only after they leave for the study but as well as choosing and the processing the documentations.
Also, one problem is that they might have trouble over how to study in a country which is not their home country, since they have no clue what their life is going to be after they go there, especially the environment they will be living in. “Is the university or school they chose right for them?” and “What is the right major that suits them?” are common questions students ask when planning to study abroad. In short, the question that most students might need the answer is “What are the tips that can facilitate them for the journey to study abroad?”. So this article will help you know about some tips and tricks which can help you in some ways. Down below are the “6 Study Abroad Tips for Cambodian Students.”
After deciding that you are going abroad to pursue your studies, you might have doubts over the school and major or even country that you are going to. Basically to be precise and clear you should go for a consultation about this problem with the expert or agency that they can guide you starting from how to choose a university/ school and major that suits you till the day that you arrive in the country and even the day after that. Keep in mind that you cannot choose to study wherever you want without discussing the matter with anyone else because you might have some problems once you arrived there. Consultation here might refer to many things like:
- Which country should you go to?
- Which major suits your personality?
- Where to stay during the academic year?
- How and what documents you need to prepare for?
Before going to study abroad the first thing first that student needs to do is research. Doing research about the country that they need to go somehow can prevent some problems that they might face upon arrival. For example, each and every country are all having their own culture, lifestyles like food and even the environment, so it could lead them to meet a culture shock if they are not aware of this. Second thing; do research about the school/ university that you are going to study. Going to study without knowing what the school is like or what is the school system that they are using, might get you confused and even stresses you out, so to be exact about things that you need to research about the school are:
- school’s system
- average score/ GPA
- percentage of international students
- distance from school to your accommodation
There are many ways you can get the information from not only from researching on the website but also the consultation.
Set a budget plan
Without a good planning of the budget plan one might meet the problem of overspending the money on their everyday living abroad such as on food, accommodation, transportation and the school fare too. Imagine that you overspent money package that need to spend about one month because you didn’t set a right budget plan for yourself. From here you can start setting the budget according to what you need to spend on such as accommodation, the transportation fare from your place to school, food, electricity and water bills, insurance, etc. Here are some tips which might help you in setting the budget plan:
- Start with the most important categories first
- Make a schedule (and stick to it)
- Track your progress
- Give yourself lots of grace.
Find a job
To ease the concern over how to set a good budget plan as mentioned above tip, this tip will simply help you earn money exchanges with the expense that you make. Not to hard you can just find a small part time job that most of the students do on-campus like :
- Mail room attendant
- Library attendant
- Teaching Assistant
- Administrative Assistant
- Research Assistant
Apart from the on-campus job students can also try to do the off-campus job counting from waiter, waitress, cashier, barista, bakery, bookshop, etc. By doing this you will gain both the experience of working as well as your income.
Get help from student service
Most of the universities or schools abroad are all have the student service that can help in facilitating student with any problem during the academic year like the issue related to the accommodation even study. So whenever you have problems you can approach them any time. When you are having problems, you should not keep it to yourself, you’d better get help from them because you are not here with your family member that can help you just like you used to be when you are in your home country. For instance, when you are sick and could not attend the school then you cannot catch up with the lessons, so that you can approach the student service. Aside from that there are many other circumstances that you can also get to the student service particularly when you want to change your major or wanting to find any possible jobs.
Make new friends
Living and studying abroad for the first time might get you feel lonely most of the time because the friends that you have before they are not here with you, so what you can do now to improve the situation is to try making new friends. It could take a long or short period of time based on how you interact with other but believe me making new friends is really fun. More interestingly, making friends with the local or the native in the country could lead you to meet the amazing experience during your stay that they might guide you to get to know more deeply about their cultures, their lifestyle, the famous destination as well as the local language. Here’s how to make friends while studying abroad in both within and outside your new community:
- Go to as many school events as possible
- Plan group activities after class
- Study as a group
- Volunteer in your community.
The tips above might help you in knowing more deeply about the journey to study abroad all by yourself as well as help you to know what you should do and what you should not do in order to prevent some problems during your stay. So “Are you ready to study abroad now?” Plan your study abroad now.