You may find the first weeks of your arrival in the new country stressful. It is a new and exciting experience, but sometimes it can be difficult in the beginning because you will be going to new places, seeing new people and new cultures. Here you will find some helpful tips for coping with this in the first weeks of your life in Ukraine, and remember that your UA.University consultant will be by your side to help you step by step on your journey.
There will certainly be bumps in the road, but when you keep these tips in mind, your study in Ukraine experience will be one of the most exciting and rewarding trips of your life.
Learn about culture and language
You should do some research first about the country you are going to, not only about its history, geography or lifestyle, but also about its people, culture and language. You can prepare for your study in Ukraine program by reading books and travel guides related to the city or state you will study in. And if you feel that language is going to be a major obstacle for you, don’t worry!
Prepare for this by taking English lessons in advance and researching options that the university or college offers to improve students’ English or Ukrainian Language (such as conversation classes) to make your transition to the country easier.
Get out of your comfort zone
Getting out of your comfort zone is perhaps one of the first important steps in helping you get the most out of your learning experience. It’s not easy to make the transition at the beginning of school in a completely unfamiliar environment, but a good starting point can be to try the cuisine of the new city, visit the sights there, or talk to your neighbours.
There is no doubt that you will feel homesick when you travel abroad, which can cause you some trouble no matter how hard you try to overcome it. But do not let these feelings overwhelm your life, but be patient and always remember that everything will improve with time.
And if you feel you are not adjusting to the new life, we will definitely help you, you can talk to the student support services at your institution, or talk to your Ua.University counselor.
Meet new people
Although it is easier said than done, it is not impossible. For example, you can start by accompanying at least two of your fellow students who share a cultural or social background with you, and you can join international student organizations at your university or school. You can also participate in off-campus social events, join a gym, or participate in volunteer work to build friendships outside your circle.
Start the conversation
Of course you may be tempted to hang out with people from your home country, but also try to speak English or Ukrainian as much as possible with local students or international students of different nationalities at your university.
This will not only help you improve your communication skills, but it will also increase your confidence and help you develop your skills in dealing with others.
When you are convinced that things may be different from what you are used to in your country, you will be able to fully integrate into your new environment. Let your motto throughout your life abroad be “It’s not good or bad, it’s different,” and try as much as you can to be positive, understanding, respectful and patient.