The following post first appeared on Deakin Life, 6 September 2019.
Studying overseas offers a lot of exciting opportunities for educational experience and personal growth, but it isn’t always easy.
When you arrive in a new country, you are expected to quickly adjust to a new culture and living arrangements, possibly speak a new language, excel at your studies, perhaps find work, make new friends, all the while looking after yourself – it’s very common to feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of changes in your new day-to-day life!
Leaving your family and friends back home can also lead to possible feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
Deakin recognises that moving abroad to study is a huge decision and a big adjustment for international students.
Remember that homesickness is common, and you are not alone: there are people here at Deakin who can help you.
If you need to talk to someone about adjusting to life at Deakin, you should first contact an International Student Adviser (ISA).
ISAs can help you adjust to Australian culture, succeed at your studies, make new friends and deal with unexpected difficulties, such as financial or legal problems. They are friendly, experienced and you can trust them to give you the support you need.
More information and advice can be found here.