Practical Tips on Embracing Life In a New Country

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Living in another country is an exciting prospect, but when you've been there a couple of weeks and the novelty of being somewhere new wears off, it's normal to go through a period where you might feel a little isolated and out of sorts.

This is entirely natural; you've started living in a society that is different to the one you've grown up in and some things are bound to feel strange. However, the best thing to do at this point is to take some practical steps to increase your sense of belonging, rather than remaining an outsider. Here's how to start making those connections.

Get Some Guidance

You might be feeling lonely or homesick, away from the support network of family and friends you've always had around you. Of course, you can stay in touch with them via social media and phone calls, but that isn't always enough to help you feel settled. In fact, it can sometimes make your isolation feel greater.

If you are wondering why you made the choice to study abroad and doubt your resolve to stick with the course, try having a psychic reading to allow you to consider what you're looking to achieve. Most people find it enlightening to talk to a third party such as a psychic as they can offer insights into why someone has made certain decisions in life.

Socialise Through Sport

The more friends you can make, the more you'll feel a part of the community. Exercise is a great way to meet new people, so if you have a passion for running or a sport such as football or badminton, find a local club. Students usually have access to university sports clubs and facilities and you'll find that a ready-made social life comes with playing any kind of sport. 

It doesn't really matter whether you just go to the practice sessions or you start to take part in competitions. That regular get-together with a group of people who share a passion for the same sport will give you a sense of belonging - and some exercise too, which has been proven to make you happier

Maintain Some Homeland Ties

While it's important to make friends and build connections with the locals in the country you're studying in, you can also find solidarity in your international study experience with people from your own country. Remember, you're not the only one doing this; according to British Council statistics, there were nearly half a million international students studying in the UK in 2014/15. It's relatively easy to meet up with other people in a similar situation to yours. For example, you might find there's a social group of people from home who happen to be studying in the same institution as you. If there isn't one and this sounds like a good idea, you could set one up.


The key to settling into life in another country is to strike the right balance. Make the effort to assimilate and get involved in the culture of the country you've come to study in, but at the same time, hold onto and draw strength from some homeland connections. As time passes, you'll feel more of a part of the society you're living in and you'll end up not wanting to leave when your course comes to an end.






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