Studying abroad, quite favourite among Asian students, is a dream many people chase to excel academically, professionally, and personally. However, migrating abroad for studies always pose new challenges for students.
What are these Problems that Asian Students Face?
For many Asian students, Canada or the U.S. are amongst the most sought after educational destinations as most of the Canadian or the U.S. universities ranks among the top 100 in the QS university rankings. Apart from Canada and the U.S., Asian learners move to other nations too for educational purpose where the experiences might vary a bit.
None the less, Asian students usually face a few problems while studying abroad. Let’s go through the most common of them.
- Initially, they may feel restless when travelling to a new country facing different language and customs as compared to Asian countries. Also, the lack of a social or nearby support system can add more to the feeling of alienation.
- Universities and colleges abroad, especially in Canada and the U.S., are expensive. Therefore, managing finance is a huge hurdle. Students in foreign countries face hardships in managing tuition fees, room rent, day to day expenses and much more.
- Students face academic challenges of confronting with issues such as coping up with peers, classroom expectations, and grouping with the native students.
- Apart from the campus problems, students might get disheartened socially as people in these countries have a different social perspective as compared to eastern economies.
How Can Overseas Students in Canada Oversome These Problems?
- If you are puzzling in a foreign nation, then trying to join clubs and fitness classes, taking part in local events and festivals, can help.
- Managing finances, along with the studies workload, can pinch you a lot. Prior research on your financial planning and budgeting is thus paramount. Maintaining a reserve or emergency fund in your account to cover the unforeseen expenses is a good idea. Moreover, working part-time or as a freelancer can make you a little comfortable.
- Working part-time with your studies is not easy. Finding a decent, relevant job or work profile can trouble you. Searching job boards and online communities can lead you to the right one. Working for hourly rates is pragmatic, giving you some freedom and leverage.
- Commanding the English language is necessary to stand apart in the herd and outshine others. Honing your language skills as well as other soft skills beforehand will pay you dividends.
- While facing academic problems, talking to your professor and counsellers will be of big help. Some like-minded seniors can also become significant assets.
Almost every Asian student faces such problems while studying abroad. Prior planning, honing on soft skills, keeping yourself busy and occupied with productive efforts such as sports and co-curricular activities is the key.