Are you one of the many students from all over the world who have applied to study in the USA, UK or New Zealand, Australia, or are you planning to study in these countries?
The United States is home to many of the world’s leading universities and offers many opportunities for research and academic activities. International students in the United States face many challenges, whether they are seeking international student aid, coping with cultural differences, or finding a solution to an academic problem.
The challenges here are no different from other places like Germany, Australia and China, you will still find a solution that suits you so that you can study at the American university of your choice.
International students, especially those from countries where English is not spoken, face particular challenges as they adapt to the American education system.
Cultural shock is the first challenge of every international student. The American way of life may differ from that of your country and American culture is a mixture of cultures from around the world. You definitely need time to get used to life in a new country and to accept cultural differences.
More than the cultural shock, is the real academic work, American colleges and universities, commonly assign students lots of academic papers in practically all classes.
Completing these papers on time can be challenging because of the language barrier. You will need to learn a lot of unfamiliar terms to use them in your university assignments. Besides, you will need to master a more advanced writing style.
Therefore, if you are aspiring to study in a US University, my advice is dust-up your writing skills because you will be having a lot of research work to do.
Challenges faced by international students in UK
International students in the UK can be easily identified. You will often see them at the border control tightening their landing cards and biting their lips with hope. When seen in some places, such as the local pub, they stand out from the crowd by their accent. Maybe it’s your best friend or maybe you in the description.
For all international students, life will be little more difficult than that of local students. Do not give up yet. You cannot afford to give up the world-class education that Britain offers you.
The opportunity to meet people from all over the world during your Study in UK makes studying there a wonderful experience for most international students.
However, this does not mean that living in the UK is easy and comfortable. International students sometimes have their own problems, which ranges from being financially low, homesick, language barrier or problems of integrating which is a problem of coming from different cultural background to study in UK.
Currently the biggest challenge facing international student in UK is the issue BREXIT.
For EU students commencing studies in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year, fees and financial aid will remain the same as before the Brexit vote, regardless of when the UK actually leaves the union. It remains to be seen whether there will be any changes in the 2020/21 academic year.
In the longer term, it seems likely that EU students will have to pay the higher fee rates that currently apply to those from outside of the EU. However, those looking on the brighter side have pointed out that the pound’s fall in value, if sustained, will continue to make studying in the UK more affordable for all international students.
With immigration controls so central to the Brexit debate, it is likely that new regulations will be introduced. If the UK withdraws from existing agreements on freedom of movement, future EU students may need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa or a short-term study visa in order to study in the UK.
According to an estimate, 15 percent of all university students in UK are international students, so there are certain common problems that almost every international student counters.
Hence, aside from the general challenges faced by international students, often times international students counter racial discrimination in campus premises and off-campus.
Dealing with racial discrimination is a tough job for international students because complaints made by them may not appear to have much ‘substance’. Racial discrimination can be verbal and physical abuse. It is, therefore, more important to take students’ complaints and take immediate action against them. It will cause tension and stress both in the social environment and social.
Is there a solution? Yes!
UK government has to take few measures in order to make studying experience for the international students a pleasant one. Being an international student, you should know your basic rights. You should avoid engaging in any kind of quarrel or argument. The educational institutions should have advisory body to give advice on available support concerning the safety of international students.
There are many innovative ideas that universities can adopt to make the international students comfortable in the new environment.
Challenges faced by international students in Australia
In 2015, there were at least 650,000 foreign students in Australia, and their numbers are still growing. It is quite normal for these students to face challenges while studying abroad, and sometimes it is difficult to be away from home and not have the same protection and rights as Australian citizens.
In addition to these challenges, there are other areas that affect both the education and life of international students: finance, language barriers, visa issues, culture shock and homesickness, to name but a few.
Not only in Australia, but international student face financial hardship in almost every part of the world. Likewise in Australia, not a thing is free and cheaper in Australia. And the most breaking thing is that the tuition fees of Australian universities are really expensive. Paying over 20,000 AUD per year is very frustrating and hard. Does not end there. The rents and accommodation costs are also higher. In Sydney, one bedroom flat costs around 300-500 AUD which is very expensive.
In general, studying in Australia is exciting and productive, but the education system may be different from many countries. On the other hand, Australian universities offer undergraduate programs for three years, while in many other countries, the four-year threshold for undergraduate programs is met. Similarly, courses and credits are divided into weeks and hours, which can be very new and as heavy for the number of international students.
Faced with these unavoidable obstacles, international students must find ways of dealing with each challenge knowing that the benefits of studying abroad are far better than quitting in the time of challenge.
Challenges Faced by International Students in New Zealand
Being a student is a challenge, being an international student is even greater. I think student life in my home country is quite simple but it can be difficult to study in another country.
New Zealand is no different just like every other study abroad countries. it provides that cultural shock for international students as well as other study abroad challenges international students face.