One way to figure out whether earning a bachelor’s degree abroad is the right path for you is to talk with and learn from students who’ve already made the decision to attend a global university.
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U.S. News asked five current undergraduate international students what advice they would offer prospective students who are considering universities abroad.
(COURTESY EMMA JEANNE BETZ)
School and country: University of British Columbia, Canada
Studying: Earth and ocean sciences; classical, Near Eastern and religious studies
Home country: U.S.
Betz says she wishes she had known how much the education systems and teaching methods could differ between countries and the impact that could have on her.
“It varies from student to student, but I personally found difficulty adjusting to how the classes were taught,” she said via email. “I really struggled my first year and even the beginning of my second year before I started to figure out what information was important since I was used to basically being told what would be on tests.”
Though she did adapt, Betz says she wishes she’d known earlier about the academic – as well as social and emotional – supports available on campus. Prospective international students can research the types of support services offered at schools that interest them.
School: Santa Monica College, U.S.
Studying: business and economics
Home country: Egypt
Bishr says that before students commit to studying overseas, they should “make sure it’s affordable.”
In addition to tuition and housing, he says it’s important for international students to look into other, less-obvious expenses associated with college life.
“It’s the living expenses mostly that people don’t pay attention to,” says Bishr, “and this is when they come here and they start, like panicking.”