Trinity International College

Studies abroad Possible Pitfalls


An academic degree obtained abroad is certainly valuable BUT

  • The plethora of options to choose from can be confusing and overwhelming.
  • You need to check with the official accrediting agencies about institutional status.
  • Some of the colleges may not be as good as they claim to be.
  • There is no guarantee that a foreign degree will be saleable in the global market


Working while studying abroad is often somewhat lucrative BUT

  • You are only allowed to work limited hours – 20 to 40 hours per week.
  • You may not even make enough money for your tuition fees and living expenses.
  • You will not be able to devote enough time to succeed academically if you work
  • Financial aid may be necessary to pay for your studies and living expenses.


Going abroad will give you the freedom you've always wanted BUT

  • You’ll have to become self-reliant and responsible for your own life.
  • Dealing with a new environment, cuisine, and cultural practices can be stressful.
  • Foreign students could become frustrated, homesick, and alienated.
  • Without family love and care, both mental and physical health may suffer.


  • It’s certainly exciting to be in a foreign country BUT
  • You will encounter a different society with vastly different socio-cultural norms.
  • Western society is exceedingly sensitive about individual identity and personal space.
  • You will need to master their language to do well in studies and work.
  • Interaction with people of other nationalities can be challenging.


  • You’d usually have sufficient legal rights abroad BUT
  • You have to be enrolled as a full-time student to maintain your visa status.
  • In many countries you can’t work outside your university or college.
  • A student visa can be revoked if its conditions are violated.
  • Re-entry into the host nation could be denied if you overstay your visa.
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