Julia: How to not lose your nerves before you go overseas

As an international student from Germany, I know exactly how it feels to move to a country where there are limited opportunities to speak in my native language. In Australia I have do to the best I can with the English lessons I was taught while at school. Of course I worried plenty before I left Germany. I was worried about all the challenges I’d have to face, misunderstandings in daily communication, the disadvantage of writing assignments in a second language. Also financial issues would play a part in making me nervous. On top of that I was worried about being homesick or that Australia’s dangerous animals would get me. Would life in Australia be in any way similar to what I was used to in Germany? But seriously, now (12 weeks into the semester) I laugh at all the anxieties I had before arriving because they were totally unnecessary. Maybe it was just so easy for me because I landed in exactly the right spot in the world; I’m now with the most open-minded people and the uni is prepared for international students from all over the world. 

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Here are some points that should calm you down and make you less nervous about studying overseas:

  • You have passed a language test that gives the permission to apply to study at JCU. Take this as a guarantee that your English is good enough.
  • Various services at JCU are there to give support to you for finding jobs, accommodation; provide financial recommendations; assist with health, psychological issues and learning barriers.
  • Thousands of other international students share your problems and are happy to get to know you. Really – it is hard NOT to find friends here 😀
  • Australia is a very relaxed, beautiful country full of relaxed, friendly inhabitants. I haven’t been homesick once.
  • The “I am not from here”-bonus (including your cute accent) makes you not only interesting to locals but allows you to come up with the silliest questions and problems and still get a helpful hand or advice. Never hesitate to ask.
  • Numerous other young people before you have managed a semester abroad. Why shouldn’t you?

When you send out a smile into the world here, you get one back! Be open-minded, extroverted and look forward to one of the best times ever. I promise that you won’t be disappointed! 😉

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