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Module 7 Dealing with problems while abroad

In this module we address six of the most common issues students face when settling in to an exchange experience, and we provide you with practical steps and further resources to help you overcome these challenges. It is important to remember that mobility experiences are different for each person; you may face all, some, or none of these challenges. You may want to familiarise yourself with the material presented here before you go abroad to prepare yourself for some of the challenges you might face, but you should also bookmark this page/save this information to return to it as and when you need to. If you do experience any of these common problems, we would encourage you to complete the quiz at the end of this capsule after the problem has been resolved and you feel comfortable reflecting on it.

  • Step 1: Course Selection.

  • Step 2: Accommodation.

  • Step 3: Budgeting or Financial Issues.

  • Step 4: Culture Shock.

  • Step 5: Language Issues.

  • Step 6: Making Friends.

  • Step 7: Reflection.


  • Partner University / Host Institution: The university you are visiting on your mobility

  • Home Institution: The insitution where you are carrying out the majority of your studies and that will provide you with your degree

  • Course: Sometimes called a class or a module, it is a series of lessons on a particular subject which counts towards your degree.


Module 7 Dealing with problems while abroad

  • SECTION 1 - Introduction
  • Are you experiencing a problem? A difficulty? A worry? Or anything else that is impacting your experience and your wellbeing?.

  • SECTION 2 - Course Selection
  • Selecting courses at your host institution will be different and potentially more difficult than at your home university.

  • SECTION 3 - Accommodation
  • Finding accommodation for your time abroad can be an exciting experience, but it can also be challenging, depending on the availability and cost of accommodation in your host city and institution.
  • SECTION 4 - Budgeting & Financial Issues
  • For some of you this may be the first time you have had to manage your own funds. It can be a challenge especially in a new country.

  • SECTION 5 - Culture Shock
  • Living and studying in a different country is an exciting and valuable experience, and while many students become happily adjusted to their new surroundings, the transition is not always smooth.
  • SECTION 6 - Language Issues
  • Going abroad is a perfect opportunity to build your language skills or even start a new language from scratch.
  • SECTION 7 -Making Friends
  • An exchange abroad is an incomparable opportunity to learn more about yourself (what are your likes and dislikes?) as well as meet people you would not ordinarily be able to back home.
  • SECTION 8 -Reflection
  • Studying abroad provides tremendous opportunity for growth and self-development.