There are plenty of good things about being an international student. Studying in a new country is exciting, with the chance to make new friends and immerse yourself in a new culture. It’s not all plain sailing though. We take a look at the 11 hardest things about being an international student in the UK.
1 The food
Britain isn’t really known for its culinary delights. Everyone should try fish and chips though, even if it’s just once!
2 Crossing the street
No matter how many times you do it, you’ll instinctively look the wrong way when crossing the road.
3 The accents
You can understand your fellow international students just fine when you speak to them in English. Your British friends? Not so much.
4 The weather
If you’re lucky you’ll be able to enjoy approximately 2 weeks’ worth of sunshine in July. The rest of the time? Just make sure you have your umbrella with you…
5 Washing your hair
Your hair never feels the same as it does when you wash it back home. It’s always either too greasy or too dry due to the hardness of the water.
6 The time difference
Will your parents ever learn? Just because it’s midday there DOES NOT mean it is midday here!
7 The money
So. Many. Coins.
No one loves to queue as much as the Brits!
9 The politeness
It seems that just about everyone is extremely polite in the UK, perhaps overly polite. Whether it’s holding open doors for each other or constantly saying sorry, it can be a lot to keep up with for international students.
10 Missing your family
Sometimes the realisation that your family are hundreds or thousands of miles away can all get a little overwhelming…
11 Knowing you’ll have to go back home
It can be difficult being an international student, but it can be even more difficult when you have to say goodbye. There are just so many benefits to being a student studying abroad.
You’ve made friends, settled into your student accommodation and got to see a new part of the world. Make the most of it while you can. It will be one of the best times of your life!