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.