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Studying overseas

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A different learning environment

Going to live in a foreign country means subjecting yourself to a whole host of different cultural experiences, and it can take a little while to settle into a foreign environment.

One of the biggest shocks may lie in the way you are required to study and learn.

Whereas in some countries you can be taught parrot-fashion, in others, you may be encouraged to challenge accepted thinking, and participate in debate with lecturers and students.

You may also be required to be more of a self-starter, pursuing your own lines of study rather than just relying on teachers’ notes. In the UK and the US, some subjects will require much written work, in particular essays and reports.

Most universities in the West tend to look very severely at what they term plagiarism, which is copying from other people in written work without proper acknowledgement.

You may well also find yourself studying in a foreign language, and you should be sure to acquire a level of that language which is sufficient to read, write, listen and participate in academic discussion. Many English language courses stipulate a certain level of English. You may be further helped while studying by the inbuilt English language support which many English-speaking universities have.