This is a legitimate fear that many students feel when they think about studying abroad. However, the TRU study abroad service team offers great support for any student who may be struggling with homesickness. As you settle into your new life abroad (Moving in, starting classes, making friends etc.) the homesickness decreases and becomes minor.
One of the most common concerns about studying abroad is that it is too expensive. However, students still pay their tuition to TRU, meaning they do not pay steep international fees while abroad. Also, if a student is still concerned about finances, TRU and ISEP have many partner universities that are located in countries with much lower cost of living.
Losing Touch With Friends
Many students do not feel comfortable leaving their close friends for an extended period of time because they think they will lose touch with them. Yet, with the rise of communication apps such as Skype, Whatsapp, and Snapchat, keeping in touch with friends is now easier than ever. Plus other online blogs and websites have their own ideas on how to keep in touch! Like the Youtube example below.
Delaying Your Degree
Arguably the biggest myth about studying abroad is that you will sacrifice your education by delaying your degree, but this could not be further from the truth. In most cases, you can transfer the credits earned abroad into your TRU program. Also, in the new globalized world, studying abroad helps you become much more employable.
Loneliness (Not Making Any Friends)
Lastly, countless students have an overwhelming fear that if they were to study abroad they will not make any friends and become very lonely. However, one thing you must understand is that everybody who studies abroad is in the same situation. Everybody is there to meet friends and they have fears similar to yours. Escape your comfort zone and put yourself out there and you will create friendships that will last a lifetime.