Studying abroad is becoming more and more popular, and for students who choose to travel as part of or for the duration of their degree, this experience can be both exciting and daunting. One thing is for sure, however, students who travel abroad to study don’t tend to forget their experience quickly.
When studying abroad, one of your top priorities is sure to be making new friends and finding a social circle that you easily fit into. When you study abroad, integrating with your new classmates, housemates, and perhaps even the people who’ll you’ll be working with abroad is important in order to build up your social circle and have fun for the duration of your stay. We’ve listed some fun and exciting ways to integrate when studying abroad.
Playing games as a group is one of the best ways to break the ice, and there are many games that can still be enjoyed even if there’s a language barrier! Bingo, for example, is a fun games to play that many people will understand or pick up easily, and introducing online Bingo to a group of people who’ve never played the game before can be an awesome way to get the conversation started and learn more about the people who you’re likely going to be spending a lot of time around for the duration of your stay. Online games, board games, and even drinking games are all huge fun and safe go-to choices for making new friends and getting to know one another.
Learn the Language
It may seem obvious, but if you’re going to be spending some time in a country where the residents speak a different language to yourself, it makes sense to learn the language. However, whilst attending language classes or using an online language course to learn the basics before you leave can be very useful preparation, be sure to continue your learning once you arrive as this can be one of the best ways to integrate and make new friends. Learning a language as part of a group or class can be huge fun, and also an awesome way to meet interesting new people, some of whom may be fellow students who’ve come abroad like yourself.
Be a Tourist
A great way to integrate when traveling for education is to ask your newfound friends to show you where they enjoy visiting the most in your new city or town. When studying abroad, it’s likely that you will want to see all the main attractions in your chosen destination and get some amazing snapshots to take home and post to social media to show your family and friends. Spending the day taking part in tourist activities and having fun can be an awesome way to spend more time with the people who you study or live with abroad, and having somebody there’s who’s familiar with the area can make the experience all the more enjoyable.
Learn a New Hobby
Wherever you choose to study, you may come across hobbies that aren’t so popular back home, but hugely popular in your study destination. Learning a new hobby can be a very fun way of spending your spare time as a student abroad, whether you choose to do something that’s widely available such as taking part in arts and crafts, or learn something that’s specific to the place that you’re visiting, for example taking part in cooking classes in order to learn how to cook traditional cuisine.
Studying abroad can be a very exciting experience, but in order to get the most out of it, integration is essential!