6 Ways Indian Students Can Maximize Study Abroad Experience Through Cultural Immersion
This nightmare made him wonder, What if all this comes true?
“If yes, then how?”
Although academics do indeed contribute significantly to one’s journey, it is the cultural immersion that genuinely enhances the experience of studying abroad.
So let’s delve in, shall we?
1. Learning a basic language helps you a long way.
2. Yes, you are a tourist, but try not to act like one.
Why do we say that?
3. Calling it home without a homestay? Nah!
It sounds good, but…
Imagine living in a homestay with a local family, getting to see the ways of daily life of the locals up close, getting to eat their staple food, and introducing them to your culture. It sounds about right. By the end, you will not just be the guests for the hosts, but more like an extended part of their families.
4. Be social and connect with the locals.
You have to be a social butterfly.
Join some classes that attract your interest, offer your services as a volunteer at the local center, or root for the local sports team (even if you don’t understand the rules). Engage in discussions with shopkeepers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, and other students. The more social risks you take, the more rewarding your life will be as an international student in a foreign country.
5. Document your journey with both your camera and your eyes.
Again, what do we mean by that?
Keep recording, but put down the phone when you’re in the middle of an experience. Take it all in—the sounds, the sights, and the conversations. The amount of information you take in when you’re not staring at a screen will amaze you.
6. Embrace the 'Yes' mentality.
Received an unexpected family invitation to a park picnic?
Your response: “Yes!”
“Are you interested in learning their card game?”
Your response: Yes!
A “yes” response enables unplanned experiences and everlasting recollections.
Remember, the greatest moments can sometimes be the unplanned ones. Therefore, always let life happen to you in a foreign land. Each experience (even a negative one) brings memories and life lessons with it.
Traveling to study abroad is a transformative journey, so be open to the new incoming experiences and live them all.
Studying abroad is more than just ticking a box on your life list. This presents an opportunity to expand one’s horizons, question conventional views, and develop into a more informed global citizen.
Young study-abroad aspirants should proceed forward and absorb every particle of cultural goodness. Remember that an open heart and mind are the only genuine souvenirs you should carry with you on your journey.