22 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re an International Student In The UK
Choosing to study abroad in the UK is a decision taken by hundreds of thousands of students every year. If you’re one of them, you’ll understand the following things.
1. The fear that everyone will immediately be able to tell that you’re an international student.
2. And trying to overcompensate as a result.
3. Waiting for the infamous British weather to kick in.
And then wishing it hadn’t.
4. Feeling more than a little unnerved about how organised everything is.
5. And literally being scared for your life every time you cross the road.
You don’t don’t know which way to look and can’t trust people driving on the wrong side of the road and on the wrong side of the car.
6. Having to bite your tongue every time you hear people complaining about tuition fees if you’re from a non-EU country.
For you, the fees are way higher and the pressure to succeed much greater.
7. And worrying about what Brexit means for you if you are from an EU country.
8. Struggling to understand people’s accents.
How can the UK be so tiny and yet everyone sounds so different?
9. And accepting that you may never get the hang of British slang.
“Gobsmacked? You’ve been smacked with a gob???”
10. That feeling when you manage to communicate well in a particularly difficult situation.
11. But also feeling slightly offended at the tone of surprise some people have when you do speak English.
“Oh, wow! Your English pretty good actually!”
12. Feeling ridiculously excited whenever you meet another international student.
Especially if they’re from your country.
13. And being more than a little disturbed by your fellow British students’ eating habits.
Marmite? Beans on toast? 😷
14. The endless struggle of trying to teach people the correct pronunciation of your name.
15. Or the pain of not really being able to switch off in lectures because you need to be 100% focused to understand what’s going on.
16. Frequently being asked to “say something in your language then” as soon as people find out where you’re from.
Especially on nights out.
17. And never quite getting used to all the queuing.
You knew the Brits loved to queue but this is just something else.
18. Or how much people drink on nights out.
19. Struggling to tell when people are being sarcastic or not.
That classic British sense of humour is hard to understand.
20. And wishing people would stop apologising for every little thing.
Apparently the fact that you don’t do this makes you rude. But seriously, it’s not necessary.
21. The inevitability of having those days where you just miss home so much you can’t do anything else.
22. But then finding you miss being in the UK as soon as you leave.
From the pubs to your British friends, you grow more of an attachment than you ever thought you would.