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Study in Sweden and get set for a grand global career

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Looking for quality global education abroad? The land of the Nobel Peace prize, Sweden naturally comes as one of the most promising study destination. The largest Scandinavian country has lot to offer for International students looking for first rate affordable global education, especially engineering, technology science and medicine and more. Beyond the stellar reputation for offering the best education in the world here are some cool reasons to study in Sweden

1. Sweden has long been on the cutting edge of technology.

2. The inventors of dynamite and the ATM were Swedish; the country is also home to World famous brands like Volvo, Ikea, Saab, Ericsson and H&M. Some other inventions that have come out of this country are the pacemaker, the Celsius thermometer, chlorine, the adjustable wrench, the roller bearing, and ultrasound diagnostics. You will get to be part of such innovations.

3. The Swedish market is considered to be so trendy that it is often used by International companies to test new products. Research and development, information technology and bio-medicine are some of the most heavily-funded Sweden’s business sector, putting them in the top percentile of countries in the world for published research and inventions.

4. Inventors, scientists, computer programmers, and anyone interested in cutting edge technology will find this small country a world of inspiration.

5. Sweden, has always taken academia seriously. Standards of achievements remain high. Universities work closely with industries to give students practical experience and the independence they need to be competitive. This gives you distinct advantages over your peers when entering the job market.

6. All courses taught in Sweden are subject to rigorous quality control every six years. In addition to the government, universities are also very receptive to the student’s opinions on academic standards. The result – An Education that is sought World over.

7. Personal initiative and independent thinking are prized. You will be required to take an active role and contribute with your opinions and ideas at lectures, seminars and in group discussions.

8. Society and companies place a high cultural value on innovation, and you’ll not only be exposed to the latest developments in your field but also could be creating them.

9. There are also over 200 Master’s programs being offered in English, so foreign language should not be a barrier. In fact, many businesses use English as their official working language.

With the Sweden education fair happening on the 24th of November 2017 from 11 am -4 pm at Hotel woods manor, at the heart of the Kochi city, there cannot be a better opportunity to explore diverse job- centric programs offered by top rated institutions from Sweden. Organized by your trusted overseas education consultant Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd. For registration and more details kindly contact -0484-4140999.

Five sure questions you might have about Studying abroad

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Q Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?

Canada, Australia and New Zealand are most preferred for higher studies in IT, Engineering, Accounting, Business, Hospitality, Nursing, etc. While USA tops for IT studies, engineering qualifications earned from Germany, Sweden and Norway are gaining global attention. Singapore is increasingly becoming popular for cost-effective western university qualifications. Countries like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Malaysia, Philippines, China offer quality and cost effective courses in medicine studies.

Q What are the different ways of financial support for my studies abroad?

The different methods to support your studies abroad are: Education loans, Sponsorship by individuals / organization; Scholarships by Indian/foreign governments, private trusts and also individual universities.

Q What are the post study job prospects available abroad?

Most countries offer stay-back options for students to explore job opportunities on successful completion of their studies. The Co-ops and internships during the study help the students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of the course. Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc, encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their successful study and few years of work/stay in the country, subject to certain conditions. Your family can accompany you for your studies; however, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time.

Q What services can I expect from a study abroad consultant?

Experienced and trusted consultants like Santa Monica provide candid counseling in choosing the right study options as well as assist you in applying to the institutions of your choice, getting offers, availing bank loans and scholarships, payment of tuition fees, visa documentation, pre-departure guidance and domestic (Global SIM card , air tickets, money exchange) and post landing assistance including (airport pick up, temporary accommodation, job search, community connections, legal issue helps, etc) to help ensure you have a smooth transition.

Q What are the entrance tests/proficiency tests/ important requirements to study/ migrate abroad?

All the western countries insist that the students belonging to non-English speaking countries should be able to handle the English language fluently while studying in their country for English taught program. English language proficiency is therefore an important requirement to assess your visa application and hence we would recommend having English language proficiency scores. English Language Tests: Pearson’s PTE Academic (PT)/IELTS/TOEFL are the most common English language proficiency tests accepted by the institutions and immigration authorities across the world. Please check individual institution/official immigration department website for their requirements.

For MBA/Engineering studies in many countries Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardized test used to get admissions in various graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States. Graduate Management admission Tests (GMAT) scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions.

Still have more questions kindly visit your nearest Santa Monica branch or mail us at  nfo@santamonicaedu.in. You may also call us at 0484- 4140999/+919645222999 or visit www.santamonicaedu.in for more details.

Singapore- A promising Asian study destination

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Beyond the traditional International study destination like Canada, Australia, New Zealand US,  UK etc there is a growing and changing landscape of mobility of Indian students to certain Asian  countries Though multiple factors are at play, four key factors, contributing to this shift are the first being the increasing standards of domestic institutions in these countries, coupled  with the trend of foreign Institutions setting up their campuses there which has transformed the quality of education par excellence, second, the cost of education is comparatively lower in terms of tuition and living expenses; third, Asia is closer to home and fourth, the economies in Asian countries are growing at an unprecedented rate, which means getting a job post study is easier than ever before. With these factors continuing to grow stronger these certain Asian countries are projected to attract a large chunk of students from Asia and from across the world in the years to come in fact this trend is are day catching up  Singapore is one country that figures prominently as a  hot study abroad destination . Let us explore why

• Obtain a recognized international degree from U.S, U.K without having to travel to these countries.

• Study options with/without IELTS requirements

• A safe city with low crime rate and a stable political situation.

•   Proximity to India Singapore is only a few hours apart by air.

•   Multilingual county that provides a conducive environment for students to study

• Enjoy high standards of living, health care and education

  • Excellent job opportunities due the  presence of many multinational companies

• Location of World’s busiest port hence high Job outcome for logistics and

Supply chain students

  • Singapore Enjoys its reputation as the financial centre of Southeast Asia

Prestigious qualifications one can acquire by studying in Singapore

  • TUM ( Technical university of Munich, Germany Master’s programme awarded in Asian

campus).

SIM GLOBAL (Singapore Institute of management offering Programs awarded by

• LSE London school of Economics U.K

• RMIT University of Australia

• UOW University if Wollongong, Australia

• Buffalo state University U.S.A

• WARWICK University, U.K

• University of Stirling, U.K

• University of Birmingham, U.K

To gain more insight, exhaustive information on study programs in Singapore   and across the world, most suitable for you, visit Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd., your most trusted overseas Education consultant with 15+ years of experience and professional expertise facilitation overseas admissions to over 300 universities/ institutions across 30 countries or call at 0484-4140999.

Frequently asked questions on Study Abroad

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The decision to study abroad is a crucial one as it is a high value investment both in terms of money and time and most importantly when it determines one’s future career hence a trial and error method would be the last thing anyone would have on their mind.  Questions of various natures are bound to surface. Though this may vary from student to student some of the frequently asked questions are as follows.

 What are the benefits of studying Abroad?

 World class education helps one to shape career successfully in the global market. An international qualification is recognized around the globe. Studying abroad gives one a chance to network with global citizens and work for multinational companies. It also provides platform to familiarize with the global market demands and enhance ones career prospects.

Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?

 UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are most preferred for higher studies in IT, engineering, Accounting, Business, Hospitality, Nursing, etc. While USA tops for IT studies and engineering Qualifications earned from Germany, Sweden and Norway are gaining global attention. Singapore is increasingly becoming popular for cost-effective western university qualifications. Countries like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland Hungary Malaysia Philippines offer quality and cost effective courses in Medicine.

What are the different ways of financial support for my studies abroad?

 The different means to support one’s studies abroad are: Education loans, Bursaries Sponsorship by individuals / organization; both Indian and foreign governments, private trusts and also universities and institutions.

What are the post study job prospects available abroad?

 Most countries offer stay-back options for students to explore job opportunities on successful completion of their studies. The Coops and internships during the study help Students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of study Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc. encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their successfully completing their Study however, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time.

What services can I expect from an overseas Education consultant?

Experienced and trusted Overseas education consultants like Santa Monica provide candid counseling in choosing the right study options as well as  assist you in applying to the institutions of your choice, getting offers, availing bank  loans and scholarships, payment of tuition fees, visa documentation, pre-departure guidance and domestic (police clearance certificate, air tickets, money exchange) and international support (airport pick up, temporary accommodation, job search, community connections, legal issue helps, etc) to ensure a smooth transition.

What should I do if the institution rejects my application for a particular program?

If an institution rejects your application, you can re-attempt to apply for a suitable program matching your profile in the same institution itself with more supporting documents or choose an alternative option in other institutions where your profile would be eligible.

What are the options available in case my visa is rejected: Will I incur any financial loss?

In the event of your visa being rejected, you can resubmit your application by providing explanations and documentations to alleviate the concerns raised by the High commission/embassy.  Your visa fees are non-refundable but most institutions do refund the tuition fees already remitted to them, after deducting nominal administrative charges, which is usually mentioned in the offer letter or in the concerned institution’s website. The consultant can assist you for claiming the refund of your tuition fees from the institutions.

Can I visit my home during my studies abroad?

Most countries allow students to visit their home country during vacations. If you have a multiple entry visa you would be allowed to visit your home during your study period easily.

Why are the entrance tests/proficiency tests important requirements to study/migrate abroad?

All the western countries insist that the students belonging to non-English speaking countries should be able to handle the English language fluently while studying in their country for English taught program. English language proficiency is therefore an important requirement to assess your visa application and hence we would recommend having English language proficiency scores. English Language Tests: Pearson’s PTE Academic (PT)/IELTS/TOEFL are the most common English language proficiency tests accepted by the institutions and immigration authorities across the world. Please check individual institution/official immigration department website for their requirements. For MBA/Engineering studies in many countries Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardized test scores Graduate Management Admission Tests (GMAT) scores are considered for gaining entry in to graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States.

Should you have more questions we would  suggest you to visit the Overseas education expo 2016 organised by SantaMonica Study Abroad Pvt .Ltd  in association with Santa Monica study Abroad pvt.Ltd. to be held on  23rd and 24th of September at Taj Gateway Kochi or  Kindly visit your nearest Santa Monica branch or mail us at info@santamonicaedu in  you may  also call us at 0484-4140999/+919645222999or visit www.santamonicaedu.in

Study in Singapore- The Global education hub of Asia

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Singapore is unquestionably one of  the most sought after study destination of Asia owing to its excellent educational system.  It stands tall as a Global education hub offering world class study programs to International students. Singapore’s competitive education offers international student’s great value for money as it allows one to obtain a recognized international degree in diverse streams ranging from Information technology, engineering, finance, media studies, law to mention a few, without having to travel  all the  way to USA, UK Or Australia.  Is Singapore the right choice for you?  Here are top reasons why there can’t be a better one.

  • Excellent quality of education    

Singapore is  education  powerhouse of  Asia and the world. Singapore is known to maintain high standards of teaching and learning. Apart from six national universities, many premier foreign universities have set up their campuses in Singapore, imparting quality education at affordable fees. The strong academic collaborations between Singaporean and foreign institutions have contributed significantly in enhancing the overall quality and global credibility of the programs, a reason why Singapore figures prominently in the world education ranking.

  •  Affordability factor

Affordability without compromising on the quality of education is what makes Singapore stand out as a popular study abroad destination. International students have the option to join world class programs  offered by premier institutions  in  the USA ,UK etc  in their Singapore  campuses.  Being geographically close to India also means economical air fares, cheap telephone calls which brings down your  overall expenditure on education significantly.

  • Stable Economy   

Singapore has one of the most competitive economies of the world which has performed comparatively well under the prevailing economic climate, its global trade and investment continues to provide a solid basis for its economy, which is promising news for number of International students currently pursuing various programs in Singapore.

  • World class Infrastructure and connectivity 

When it comes to infrastructure and connectivity Singapore has few parallels. Singapore is well connected via sea and air.  Its state of the art transportation system is rated as the best in the world. With excellent telephone and internet penetration you are never too far from your loved ones.

  • Vibrant city life

Though of comparatively small size, Singapore is known as a global city with truly world class  infrastructure.   Its towering skylines,  built-up environment  and  beautiful landscapes  are truly  mesmerizing  The city’s-never  ending buzz and energy  with never-fading  fun and festivities makes Singapore a spell bounding destination that  is sure to  keep  everyone enchanted.

  • Excellent Industrial attachment/ internship programs on offer

The ‘Industrial Attachments’ or internships programs which is normally of 5-6 months duration are great opportunities to gain some valuable work experience and makes one entitled to  a stipend This period though of short nature would go a long way in developing the basic skills necessary and at the same time would make one get acclimatized to the work environment of Singapore.

  • Excellent job prospects

Though geographically a small country, Singapore  is home to a large number of Multinational Corporation offering excellent job opportunities to bright international students. Singapore with its strong Manufacturing, Construction, Tourism,  Retail and  Healthcare industry is expected perform comparatively well in the coming years which is positive news for International students.

Looking to study in Singapore, look no further Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt. Ltd with over 15 years experience in facilitating overseas admissions in Singapore is here to help pick your perfect Singapore University / college that meet your unique preferences.  Feel free to visit your nearest office of Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt. Ltd. or reach us on 0484-4140999.

9 Frequently asked questions about studying abroad

 

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Studying abroad is unarguably a crucial investment both in terms of time and money and hence parents and students put in all efforts to ensure that nothing is left to chance.  In such a circumstance, having questions is quite common and normal. Though these may vary case by case, some of the frequently asked questions are as follows. 

1 What are the benefits of studying Abroad?

World class education helps you to shape your career successfully in the global market. An international qualification is recognized around the globe. Studying abroad gives you a chance to network with global citizens and work under multinationals. It provides you a platform to familiarize yourself with the global market demands and enhance your career prospects.

2 Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?

UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are most preferred for higher studies in IT, Engineering,

Accounting, Business, Hospitality, Nursing, etc, While USA tops for IT studies, engineering qualifications earned from Germany, Sweden and Norway are gaining global attention. Singapore is increasingly becoming popular for cost-effective western university qualifications. Countries like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania Poland Hungary Malaysia Philippines offer quality and cost effective courses in medicine studies.

3 What are the different ways of financial support for my studies abroad?

The different methods to support your studies abroad are: Education loans, Sponsorship by individuals / organization; Scholarships by Indian/foreign governments, private trusts and also individual universities.

4  What are the post study job prospects available abroad?

Most countries offer stay-back options for students to explore job opportunities on successful Completion of their studies.  The Coops and internships during the study help the students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of the course. Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc. encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their successful study and few years of work/stay in the family can accompany you for your studies; however, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time.

5 What services can I expect from a overseas education consultant/facilitator?

Experienced and trusted consultants like Santa Monica provide candid counseling in choosing the right study options as well as assist you in applying to the institutions of your choice, getting offers, availing bank loans and scholarships, payment of tuition fees, visa documentation, pre-departure guidance and domestic (police clearance certificate, air tickets, money exchange) and international

Support (airport pick up, temporary accommodation, job search, community connections, legal issue helps, etc) to help ensure you have a smooth transition.

6 What should I do if the institution rejects my application for a particular Program?

If an institution rejects your application, you can re-attempt to apply for a suitable program matching your profile in the same institutions itself with more supporting documents or choose an alternative option in other institutions where your profile would be eligible.

7  What are the options available in case my visa is rejected: Will I incur any financial loss?

In the event your visa is being rejected, you can resubmit your application by providing explanations and documentations to alleviate the concerns raised by the High commission/embassy. Your visa fees are non-refundable but most institutions do refund the tuition fees already remitted to them, after deducting nominal Administrative charges, which is usually mentioned in the offer letter or in the concerned institution’s website. The consultant can assist you for claiming the refund of your tuition fees from the institutions.

8  Can I visit my home during my studies abroad?

Most countries allow students to visit their home country during vacations. If you have a multiple entry visa you would be allowed to visit your home during your study period easily.

9  Why are the entrance tests/proficiency tests important requirements to   Study/migrate abroad?

All the western countries insist that the students belonging to non-English speaking countries should be able to handle the English language fluently while studying in their country for English taught program. English language proficiency is therefore an important requirement to assess your visa application and hence we would recommend having English language proficiency scores. English Language Tests: Pearson’s PTE Academic (PT)/IELTS/TOEFL are the most common English language proficiency tests accepted by the institutions and immigration authorities across the world. Please check individual institution/official immigration department website for their requirements.

For MBA/Engineering studies in many countries Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardized test used to get admissions in various graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States. Graduate Management admission Tests (GMAT) scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions.

Still have questions?  please feel free to walk in to your nearest branch of Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. ltd., your trusted overseas education facilitation with over 13 years of experience in the domain, facilitating admission to over 200 universities/institutions to 20 + countries.

6 ways to earn money while studying abroad

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Study abroad phase is undoubtedly an exciting phase in anybody’s life. With sizable investment being made, one is likely to feel the pinch. And moreover, pestering parents for additional money is the last thing, one would have on mind. So what is the solution? Obviously finding ways to earn a few bucks for your pocket money and other expenses, let us see how.

1.  Find a tutoring opportunity

For Students with good academic standing, one of the best ways to earn money is through tutoring students having difficulty with their studies. One doesn’t have to hunt for tutoring jobs elsewhere, as many of your juniors itself, would be in search of someone to help them with their studies.  Tutoring opportunities not only earn money, it can help you improve your own studies.

2.  Find a Part-Time Job

Managing work alongside studies can be quite a demanding task. But for those who can handle it with proper time management and prioritization, part time work can provide handsome rewards financially and can add valuable work experience. However, make sure your job does not stretch that far, where you are compromising your studies and putting your health in the back-burner.

3.  Take up summer jobs

Summer vacations are real time to cash in as international student. In majority of overseas study destinations, students can work for unlimited hours, as number of seasonal businesses, require increased work force during this seasons. There is huge demand for workers during this period. Usually such vacancies come up in restaurants, amusement parks; catering services etc as these businesses are at its peak during summer vacations.

4. Freelance

Freelancing is one of the best ways for international students to garner money during their study abroad period. Internet in a great way has enhanced avenues for freelancers, with scores of freelance site offering jobs and projects in diverse areas. All that one requires is to create an account on these sites. One can bid for a particular work through the site.  With regard to payment, as most credible freelance site has escrow arrangement, which means that a particular payment remains in an escrow account for the service provider.  So there is very little chance of fraud. There are number of students studying abroad who are making considerable amount per month through freelancing. This not only helps you earn money, it also helps you build valuable work experience.

5. Look for Promotional and on-Campus Jobs

With companies requiring promotional activities round the year,  there are ample number of jobs available for international students as volunteers for promotional  events,  pamphlet distributors, product promotion assistants at public places , supermarkets etc, which provide  a tidy amount. Apart from promotional jobs, on campus jobs can be a possible earning opportunity.  Though the remuneration would be no match considering what outside job offer, one can have a steady job throughout the study period, without having to travel much for work, plus university jobs are relatively easy which you can  take along with ease.

6.  Try your hands at business of small scale

Most of us just require a spark to exhibit our business acumen, though not of mammoth proportion but surely one that can help earn a tidy amount. One of the best options would be to organize stalls at small events to sell your wares. It wouldn’t also be a bad idea to try your hands at events, by hosting birth day parties, get together etc, fully adhering to the rules and regulations of the host country.

Your Study abroad phase need not be fully dependent on money from home. As with the right attitude, networking, time management and prioritization; one can effortlessly do part time jobs while studying abroad and earn money. So do not just limit your study abroad phase for studies, master the art of becoming self reliant from day one.

7 ways to keep in touch with your loved ones while studying abroad

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Landing in a foreign land, surrounded by unfamiliar people, customs can give any one a harrowing time, at least for the first couple of months, where the only respite would be to talk to ones loved ones, which ever medium it might be through. This is where technology comes to our rescue. Communicating with our loved ones is no more a hassle and also need not cause a fortune. Let us explore a few of them here.

Skype

Skype is more than handy while studying abroad, as it offers free video chatting and allow one to make phones at fraction of a cost. Depending on your location and country to which you are making the call, Skype credit can be purchased and calls can be made to mobile numbers and landlines. This really helps in an emergency, when one does not have access to a computer or if the time difference makes it difficult to make a Skype chat.

 Whats App

This application has taken the world by storm and is considered one of the fastest, convenient and cost effective way as it allows one to text internationally through ones data plan, and help keep in touch with family  and friends, without bearing international texting charges. The best part is that even if there are internet disruptions, incoming texts notifications are received as soon as you are connected to the internet.

Facebook

Face book is probably   the world’s most explored tool by people, which helps one to stay in touch with family and friends, no matter which part of the world they reside, as it not only allow one to chat with friends in ones friend list, it also allows one to post photos within a matter of seconds, helping you post your status which your loved ones can track.

Google chat and hangouts

Google+ and Google Hangouts are wonderful applications which help one have normal chats and video chats; with a number of people simultaneously this can be a great way to interact with your friends and family without trying them separately. Once in a week scheduling a video chat can help you keep a tab on all happenings back home.

 Phone Calls

International phone calls by no means are cheap, so that this cannot be a regular feature. For those who can afford this luxury, many exciting plans are provided by telephone service providers. So choose a plan that has maximum talk time and minimum call rate and top up options.  Make full use of a time slot when calls are charged the bare minimum, which is usually during the wee hours. If these suit your home country’s time zone, make the most out of it.

Emails

Email is the best option to communicate with your near and dear ones back home, which only requires internet connections at both the ends.  You can write (read type) your heart out, without bothering about the limitation of words, space consumed etc. The best part is that, you can attach your photographs along with your mail and simply sent it across within a second.  Though mails are not fashionable way of communication in this lightning quick world, it is still effective.

Snail Mail

Though this is never suggested for swift and reliable communication it still has its charm as the feel of writing in your own handwriting and that your loved ones are getting the message in a tangible form in itself strikes a emotional chord, so it would be a best choice to sent a snail mail or use a post card to scribble some lines on it and sent it across.  Your family would love to receive it from you.

Though this is not an exhaustive list of tools that aid your study abroad communication needs, at least one might serve your purpose, so cheer up,  studying abroad does not mean you are totally cut off from your family and friends. Make the most of cost effective communication tools and stay connected throughout your study abroad phase.

How to cope with home sickness while studying abroad

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Studying abroad, though quite an exciting phase of one’s life can be emotionally taxing, owing to the extended period of time, one spends in an alien land, away from near and dear ones. It is quite normal that home sickness sets in. In fact almost all of us at some point of time must have felt it, while being away from home, even on a short stint.  Though most common manifestations are loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, nostalgia, feeling of missing ones home, family, friends etc but can differ from person to person. Experiencing homesickness is a pretty normal thing to happen, however if it is seriously hampering your study abroad phase, don’t down play it. Here are few strategies to fight home sickness head-on.

  • Stay busy

Being busy does not mean spending hour’s eagerly, checking latest face book updates of friends. Blokes, now since, you are in a new country, that too only for a pretty brief time, make the most out of it. Get on to exploring your new city, its most happening spots, popular hangouts, food courts etc and not to forget, getting  fully immersed in the college extracurricular activities, student clubs etc  

  • Bring out the tourist in you

Start as a tourist with passion to know the city you are in and try to delve deep in to its popular spots, culture, history etc, this will make you well aware of the city, its routes, etc no doubt you are sure to locate a park or spot to spend quality time or a restaurant that serves your favorite meal.

  • Take a liking to local food

With ingredients, barring slight variations, there is every possibility that you might stumble upon a local dish, which tastes very much like the one you regularly have back home.  Trying out a few dishes, most preferable vegan ones initially and then graduating to the non vegetarian one would be preferable. Taking a liking to local food is good sign that you are adapting well to the new environment.

  • Stick to your old routine

Moving abroad does not mean that you have to change your daily pattern altogether, obviously, moving abroad would have led to missing out your buddies at the health club, ,yoga class or club but there are ways to compensate for it. Take a membership in a local gym or join a group of Yoga practitioners in your new country. Obviously you cannot replicate all  that you had  back home, however you can continue your routine  chores which would help yourself  free from the disorientation ,isolation and culture shock to a large extend.

  • Make an emotional connect with your temporary home

However brief your stint may be, as a student, your room is an integral part of this phase   so make an emotional connects with it. Adding a little bit life to your room would be a brilliant idea. How about painting your room with your favorite color if permission and money does not come in the way, if that is not possible, adding a few photographs of your loved ones or a couple of colorful portraits can add a different feel to the environment. If you are not a self professed Introvert, try to win maximum friends in your new neighborhood.

  • Try your hands on something new

Keeping you mind active is the best way to fight home sickness. No better idea than to learn the local language, a new dance form, learning to play a new instrument or trying your hand at cooking a couple of local delicacies, by this, apart from keeping your mind active and involved,  you are subtly  becoming part of the new environment.

  • Don’t be unduly occupied with affairs back home

Though keeping in touch with your family and friends back home is quite normal, getting immersed in an hour by hour development can keep you disturbed and can take a heavy toll on your psyche. Limit all forms of interactions to bare minimum. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to not only study but to explore and experience a new country its flora and fauna, people, landscape, culture, art etc make full utilization of this time rather than spending your time worrying about home.

  • Think positive

Your thoughts can be your best or worst enemy. Make sure your thoughts are positive and forward looking, rather than being defeatist, think about the positive side about coming abroad for studies and how it is going to help you build a solid career, as such positive thoughts, not only help overcome teething problems, help you to find solutions to it on your own.

Just understand that this is a transitory phase in your life and that with a little bit of patience and resolve you can beat it.

6 Tips to learn a new language while studying Abroad

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Necessity can make you do things, which at a point of time seemed impossible, the same is applicable, when you land up in a new country as a student and find that your knowledge of English, is not of much help in communicating with the locals and immersing in its culture, and after all, knowing the language of the land, where,  one is going to spend a sizeable time, first as a student and then may be as a professional, would require at least some hold on the language. Let us look at how to making this learning experience fruitful.

  • Take a strong resolution    

Conditioning your mind is the way forward. Learning a new language by any stretch is not going to be an easy job, as it will take months to see any tangible result. Keep up your motivation levels high and tell yourself that you are certainly going to master it.  Certain languages with its pronunciations etc, can take some time to set in,  take it all part of the challenge and move on, reminding that you are going to benefit, big time, both on personal as well as professional front.

  • Get enrolled in a language class

Though some may not agree with it, leaning a new language becomes slightly easier, when the conventional class room way is adopted, as they train you about the different aspects of the language, its pronunciations vocabulary, potential grammar mess ups, accent training etc, and most importantly, you learn all these amidst people, who are on the same language proficiency level, which will help you to talk more freely and without any inhibitions or shyness. If your university doesn’t offer language courses, look for institutions, offering part time language classes in your city.

  • Never restrict your learning to the class room

Never leave any opportunity to pick up the language, may be a stroll in the park or visit to a cinema or a restaurant or a sightseeing trip with your friends, can offer you opportunities to learn a new words and get to observe variations in slang, the nature of voice modulation etc, this can help you brush up, what you have learned in the class room.

  • Talk Talk Talk

There is no substitute to talking, when it comes to learning a new language. Don’t miss an errand to strike a conversation on just about anything. Conversations, however small it may be, can help you overcome that language block and develop confidence to speak in public.

  • Prepare to make mistakes

It goes without saying that you are bound to make mistakes while learning a new language.  Never think about quitting.  Though certain languages seems a bit difficult to grasp initially, have patience and continue to have short conversations with people around, may be your local friends, nearby shop owners etc.  However crude your language might sound, no one is going to sent you to the gallows on account of it and on the contrary, would be all praise for the effort being put in the initiative.

  • Set your new language as the phone language

This seems quite simple, but 99 out of 100 people do not make use of this.  Wondered how much time is spend texting, why not do it in the language that you are learning.  May be a few grammar mistake here and there will not cause any significant  harm as you are texting your friends  and at worst by making some mistakes,  you will invite some laughter which is no big price for a brave effort.

So start practicing, you never know, may be by next year you would be the one who will be initiating a new bloke to a language class.