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Experience on studying abroad

I am due to graduate this summer of 2017 (hopefully!) and I am considering a masters. I have stayed at a local university to complete my degree and have been considering studying abroad for my masters. I am considering Germany or Spain and I am from England. I was wondering if anyone could share their experience on studying abroad and if you enjoyed it and just how you found it in general. Was it hard to handle? Was adapting to culture hard? Is the language barrier troublesome? Is it hard being so far away from home for a long time?

Thanks in advance! #travel #study-abroad #masters-degree #traveling #living-abroad #graduating

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electra’s Answer

Before choosing country, it's important to understand the different cultures, associated behaviours, language barriers, climate and any aspect of the country that you believe can have an impact on yourself. Try to do an inner exercise to see how these aspects can affect you negatively and positively before you make any decision. The experience you will have abroad will depend on yourself.
If you can travel for a weekend to the place of study, you will get a sense and feeling if you can live there. If this is out of your budget, maybe you can read about the place of study and the country and compare the feelings you get from either choices.

At the beginning you will always find it a bit hard and overwhelming. Therefore questions that you should ask yourself could be:
Is it ok if I go to a place that do not speak english? or would you like to study in a country that most of its population speak English?
Is the uni near a big city, or small town? what is my preference?
In case i don't make much friends, are there activities in the vicinity that i can enjoy by myself?
How expensive it is? are you willing to get a part time job to cover some expenses? how hard will it be to get a part time job in the respective country?
Does climate change my mood? Am i willing to study in a country that has sunshine most of the time or that is rainy or cold most of the time?
These are only guiding questions. What its important is to know yourself and see where you fit bests.

Additionally, any study period abroad is a learning journey for any person. It will broaden your views and perspective, you will meet many different people with amazing mindsets and you will learn from being out of your comfort zone.

Wishing you best travels!
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Juan’s Answer

I think it is a great experience to see what's out there, besides your traditional zone of comfort (e.g. culture, language, culinary taste!) and to some extent you will benefit from the melting pot experience. It will definitely help you if in the future, you decide to embark with an expat type of adventure -short or long term.

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Valerie’s Answer

I studied abroad in Spain in 2009 and really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who will listen. Adapting to the culture was not hard at all because everyone in Spain was super welcoming, and the food was delicious. It was hard being away from home at the very beginning but that quickly faded. I attended university there and found it amazing. It was great to see how curriculums differ cross culturally. It will be an experience of a lifetime!
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