Adjusting To Life In Private Schools (for International Students)

Being the new student at school, you will face a few new challenges and if you are an international student you may face a few additional challenges. Apart from your academic work, you need to acclimatise yourself in a new milieu, which can be both exciting and scary.

As one of the private schools in Brisbane with enrolments from other countries, Brisbane Christian College carefully interviews applicants in order to ascertain that they have the sufficient level of proficiency in English before they are allowed to enrol. Furthermore, international students are given the opportunity to improve their English language skills with English tutoring.

In order to help international students better cope with the challenges of studying abroad, we have compiled the following tips.

Before you leave home

The key to success in practically any endeavour is ample planning and preparation. Before setting out for the challenges of studying in a foreign country, it is worthwhile to brush up on your knowledge of things to expect in the school you are enrolling in, as well as the country you are going to live in. Take the time to say goodbye to the important people in your life and plan how you can stay connected with one another.

Keep in touch with loved ones

Between your school work and other tasks, you are surely going to have a full plate. By setting aside time to regularly communicate with friends and loved ones left home, you can allay the fears and anxiety of the people you hold dear while keeping abreast of news in your home country.

Prepare for differences

From the way people act and talk to the places you visit, you will notice a marked difference between your country and your new home. As such, it is helpful to expect these differences and make the necessary adjustments.

Enjoy the new cultures

Being submerged into a new milieu can lead to culture shock. Fortunately, the initial shock will slowly subside as you gain a better understanding of the culture of the people you encounter.
In order to help you better cope with culture shock, there are several things that you can do. The first thing to do is to be observant of your new peers especially if you do not know how to act in a particular situation. Through this, you can glean what is culturally acceptable in different situations. You can also ask your new friends here at school for advice on how to adapt.