After school so many of us want to immediately fly abroad to continue our education, and yes it makes sense on paper. However, it’s not all breezy. Here are 5 Ghanaians who are studying abroad talking about some of the hardest parts of studying abroad that people don’t usually tell you about.
I spent a year abroad, and for me the application process was stressful. I had to complete an online sign up on the school’s website, but that wasn’t all. There was also a list of documents that needed to be sent to the school. Then there was the VISA application process here—I needed a copy of my transcript, together with all supporting documents—and finally I had to put 7000 euros (at least) in escrow and attach the proof to my VISA application.
I was told that I had to get a Yellow Fever shot before I could enter Canada. I had done my research beforehand, and the Yellow Fever shot wasn’t a requirement for getting into Canada, but when I arrived I was supposed to take the shot before I would be allowed entry.
Taiwan is a region that experiences Typhoons fairly regularly and the people have learned to live with them. I experienced Typhoon Matmo which lasted for about two to three days. There was a warning beforehand and I was able to get some sausages, bread, cornflakes and other provisions from the supermarket. I spent the whole time watching movies, reading and looking outside my window. One time, I even saw a motorcycle shoved away by the wind.
John Wesley (Russia)
The first year was a language study year; you have to pass a Russian Language exam before you can actually enroll into university. As you can imagine, it was tough. Some people even came back home.
Maa Abena (Missouri, USA)
I relocated to the US for undergrad, and initially I had some trouble with my course. It was obvious that sticking with a course that I didn’t have an affinity for or an interest in could affect me. After my first D in one of my subjects, I decided to take some proactive steps to make sure that a grade like that didn’t happen again.
I spoke to my course advisor, and I attended classes for the major I wanted. Eventually I was able to get my major changed officially.