Studying abroad is a great opportunity. Not only to get an outstanding degree, but also to improve your language skills whilst having fun and meeting new people. However, sometimes it can be really tricky. As an international student I know exactly how it feels and it is not always as easy as it seems to be. Here are some difficulties that I have come across whilst studying in the UK:
1. Left-handed traffic
Everywhere else in Europe (besides Malta) drives on the right-hand-side, so it is difficult to get used to looking in the other direction when you cross the street. However, it’s usually just a matter of time before you get used to it!
If you think the United Kingdom only has one type of accent, you are wrong. There are so many and some of them are really difficult to understand. Even British native speakers struggle with it sometimes!
3. Slang words
Do you ever wonder sometimes what your friends are talking about? If the answer is yes, you are not alone – I have been there too. Language constantly changes and new words are always being added, so the best advice I can give is to just to spend as much time as you can with natives and you will soon soak up a few new words! But remember to not overuse them – you should still speak proper English too.
However, despite all of those challenges, studying abroad is a life experience that you will not regret, so don’t be afraid of the distance – It’s worth it.
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