10 Things I Love About Studying Abroad

There is no doubt that studying abroad is amazing. Of course there are many ups and downs when you’re actually doing it but after successfully finishing it, I realised that there were many things I learned during the process.

So without further ado.

1. You learn to push yourself in a way you didn’t know was possible, like adapting yourself in a new country. It seems daunting at first but as you go on, it’s actually pretty doable.

2. You get new friends of many nationalities. If you were like me who went on an international programme then this is a guarantee, but even if you are on a regular programme, chances are you’ll meet people from all over the world anyway. This is one of the best part of studying abroad, the chance to learn new cultures, languages from your own friends!

With some of my very good friends in the programme

3. You get student privileges. As in discounts. As a student, you will probably get many advantages from free entrance to museums to discounts on trains. Know your priviliges as a student and use them wisely.

4. You learn to be creative. Did you know that you can use a rice cooker as a pasta cooker instead? As a foreign student, being creative is just part of who you are, especially when you’re with friends. My friends and I used to cook each other’s national dishes and often we didn’t have all the kitchen utensils therefore we had to be creative. And our creativity didn’t just stop in the kitchen! Looking back it was definitely our best memories!

5. You get to enjoy new ways of studying. Surely how people study in your country differs to other countries. Like in France (and I’m sure in many other countries in Europe) people enjoy studying inside in cafes and libraries during the cold months and outside in parks and by the canals in the summer – something I rarely do in my own country.

Enjoying Paris during one of its sunny autumn days

6. You pick new habits from your adopted country. I love how in France everyone says “bonjour” and “merci” to everyone! It’s such a great thing to do.

7. You expand your culinary horizon. I now have occassional cravings for rice with chorizo, arepas, pierogi, a sip of rakia – all thanks to my wonderful friends who introduced them to me.

Pierogi – one of the dishes that I got the pleasure of knowing during my study abroad time

8. You learn more about yourself. Being far away from my family, toughen me up a little. It made me more independent and I learned a whole great deal about who I am as a person.

9. You realise that even with the many differences, everyone has something in common. No matter where you’re from, you can always find something similar.

10. You will get addicted. You will love being in a new country, learning about new cultures – and this will get you hooked, you’ll want more. And I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.

Have you ever studied abroad? What did you like most about it?

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8 Comment

  1. Gy, no 6 nyambung ke Febby hehe

    1. LOL iya yaaahhh :))

  2. I agree with all points above, particularly number 1, 4, and 8. In my year abroad, I grew so much, and discovered things about myself that I hadn’t known I had. I’ve become more confident and opinionated too, thanks to that year abroad. Reading this list makes me miss it 😀

    1. Awww :’) yeah studying abroad is just tok awesome! Sometimes I wanna do it again…then I open all those class notes and remember all the exams…maybe not now, but maybe someday again?! Lol!

  3. True. You learn to be a minority in a way that is completely different from being a minority in your own country. You learn to ask for help, to stand up for yourself, to build friendships that turns into a bonding like no other kinds. It truly is a privilege to be able to go through that ya, Gy? The next question(s) (for me, at least), so what can I do with all of the privileges, the experiences, the knowledge? 🙂

    1. Very true! Very good question, I guess for me, I have this sort of responsibility to share my knowledge with others too and I guess in a way, to push other people to see their potential too.

      1. Yes! I’m happy to hear that you also think along the same line. There are so many ways to channel your skills, expertise, knowledge and experiences, Gy. I think blogging may be one of the (many!) ways for you 🙂

        1. I hope it is! I think it’s only right that we give back especially since I went abroad with a scholarship. So if other people could accommodate me to learn, I should be able to do that too 🙂

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