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How to Manage When Studying Abroad Goes Wrong?

Opting for studying abroad is a life time opportunity and is indeed one of the most rewarding decisions made by students in their lives. The experience gained by enrolling in any course abroad (graduate or master’s program) benefits the students beyond their expectations and imagination. Studying abroad opens the doors of new cultures, languages, some lifelong friendships and education that play a quintessential role in an individual’s holistic development. In reality, it is, however, much more difficult and challenging to mingle with a new culture and environment.

The students are doomed to feel low or might hesitate in mixing up with the new people due to regional barriers. But it does not mean that the students have to feel sorry for anything. Rather they should be grateful for such a fantastic opportunity which they have grabbed.

The objective of writing this article is to throw some light on how the things should be managed by students studying in a foreign land in case the things don’t turn up to the way they wanted them to.

But before that, let’s have a look at some statistics published by IIE in 2013. The survey was conducted on approximately 350 students who were either studying or have applied to study abroad.

The top reasons for studying abroad:

  • Experience another country/ culture (92%)
  • Travel (89%)
  • Personal growth (83%)
  • Have a break/ relax (52%)
  • Better Career prospects/ marketability (44%)
  • Learn a language (30%)

Irrespective of the reasons, one thing is clear that the students should be mentally prepared, open and ready to experience the international lifestyle. The final decision of studying abroad should not be forced. Rather the students should have the desired curiosity, interest and openness to study abroad. Making a decision to study abroad is not a single day activity; rather it requires thorough planning and candidate’s honest self-assessment.

But, it may happen that many students fail to acclimatize with the new environment or feel like a loser. The best way to overcome this is to cut some slack and stop being judgmental. Try to interact and mix with the natives or other classmates. Opening up is the best solution.

Another way could be to post pictures on social media or simply staying active on these platforms. This will make the students feel connected with the loved ones while being away from their home country. 

Even if the things are still not working or affecting the mental health of students, it’s better to email the course coordinator or the university’s concerned department.  Most of the Universities have guidelines to deal with such situations.

For example: 

They may

  • offer the candidates to change their study plans or;
  • conduct exams / placements early or;
  • Shift the candidate to another university or country. Some universities even support the candidates financially and help them migrate seamlessly to other country / university. 


Changing the things or fighting with the odds is not failure; it’s just the beginning of a new era. The students should try to make every possible effort to maintain their mental integrity or peace by asking for a change of university/ course/ country.