11 Struggles International Students Studying In The UK Will Understand
You could have picked any country in the world to study, but you bravely chose to come to the UK. Whilst you thought it would be an easy experience, you quickly realised studying and living in Great Britain is quite challenging.
1. Getting used to the weather.
The UK is known for its rainy weather, yet you decided to study here thinking the myth might be exaggerated. Unfortunately, rain is the rule in the UK. You still take your umbrella during summer because you know that a sunny day should never be trusted.
2. Eating British food.
British food is another myth that turns out to be true. You still can’t understand how people can eat Marmite or beans on toast. So, each month you ask your parents to send you some food from home.
3. Withdrawing money.
Everytime you withdraw money you get heavily charged by the bank. If you come from a European country, you now pray for the UK to join the Euro zone.
4. Paying tuition fees.
Firstly, as a foreign student, you don’t get any loans. Then you have to pay way more in tuition if you come from a non-European country. The pressure is therefore way heavier for you – you surely don’t want to waste all that money.
5. Understanding slang.
When studying English in your home country, you learned the proper way to speak and write it. But when you arrived in the UK, you discovered British slang and felt that all these years spent at school were a lie.
6. And the accents.
Similarly, before arriving to the UK, you wrongly thought every British person was speaking with the Queen’s accent. You now struggle to understand Northern, Welsh or Scottish people.
7. Crossing roads.
Contrary to other countries in the world, British people drive on the left-side. Hence, looking at the right side of the roads before crossing has become hell for you.
8. Getting British humour.
The British are well-known for their sarcasm. It’s therefore pretty hard to get British jokes or even know if someone is being funny.
9. Getting cultural references.
Your friends keep talking about famous British anchormen or TV actors, and you have no idea who they are. Apart from J.K. Rowling and the cast of Game of Thrones, you know very little about British popular culture and feel quite excluded from some conversations.
10. Drinking tea.
You’ve tried to drink tea as British people do, but you still don’t understand why they add milk.
11. And adopting the British behavioural codes.
Sometimes British people think you are being rude, when really what you just said or did would be totally acceptable in your home country.
But at least you can end a hard day of adapting to British life by going to the pub.
With all the awesome people you you meet at university. What more could you want?