They made valid points for sure: studying abroad would be expensive, I’d be far away from home, I might have language problems. And then, of course, there was Brexit looming on the horizon.
When I first mentioned to my family and friends back home in Germany that I wanted to go to university in the UK, most of them thought I was crazy.
Despite all this, I stayed stubborn. I’d set my heart on going to England and there was no way anyone could change my mind, so when I actually got accepted at Bath Spa, it was a dream come true.
However, when the time came to leave home, I was terrified. I remember sitting in my room in halls on my first night, thinking “What on earth have I done?” But once I’d settled in a bit, I got over those initial nerves.
“I was amazed by the warmth of the welcome I received and how helpful and polite everyone was.”
Coming from restrained Germany, I was amazed by the warmth of the welcome I received and how helpful and polite everyone was.
And my courses, while certainly academically challenging, were thankfully mostly free from language barriers (apart from the odd bit of Psychology jargon).
Still, there are a few things I wish I’d known before coming here. So, here are my top tips for international students like myself.
Now for the big question: If I had the choice again, would I make the same decision?
To this, I can say: Absolutely.
“I quickly fell in love with the University and its stunning campus, as well as with beautiful Bath itself.”
After a few initial bumps in the road, I quickly fell in love with the University and its stunning campus, as well as with beautiful Bath itself. England is starting to feel more like home to me than I ever thought possible, although I have yet to learn to appreciate tea.
Of course, I sometimes doubted my decision – especially during exam periods and when I was homesick – but on the whole, I think coming here has been a very enriching experience for me.
It has helped me become more independent and I have grown a lot as a person and developed a new sense of confidence in myself.
As a bonus, I got to meet many interesting people and learn new things, both academically – I now know more about Freud than I ever thought I needed – and in respect to life (and English) skills.
I really do think that living away from home and going to another country is one of the best things you can do for yourself, especially since in today’s increasingly globalised world, you have more chances to do so than ever before.
Take these chances. You won’t regret it.
Hear more from other Bath Spa students:https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/blog/
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