Learning has seen varying stages of evolution, it is no longer limited to a classroom with one or a few teachers. In whatever ways people wish to be engaged there are avenues to facilitate them. In the 21st century, students have easier access to studying in foreign countries and getting the first-hand experience of new places, people and their culture. On arriving in a new environment, students are filled with different expectations and some with fear of the unknown. However, there are some considerations to be had in making a good first impression surrounding student accommodation. This post will highlight 10 tips for welcoming an overseas student.

Information Package

Students and their families will need as much as information as possible in preparing to embark on this studying expedition. As a result, course coordinators must provide all the necessary materials such as website details, brochures, videos, course letters, packages and other medium available that will aid in the time studying. The more material provided, the better the preparation on the part of the student in identifying what will be expected to minimise uncertainty. And parents will be comforted knowing things will be organised for the care and development of their child.

Student Support Groups

In most cases, students seek some level of assurance that they will be fine when they arrive and there will be no need to worry. By providing forums where new and potential students can read testimonials, watch videos, scan through photographs of previous experiences, and even participate in live chats, will definitely boost the anticipation to make their own memories.

Welcome Team

It would be a lovely inclusion for students to be met and greeted at the point of entering the country. Students will feel wanted, seeing smiling faces as their first connection to the programme. Putting together a welcome team will be the first step in helping students adjust and make the needed transition from their home country.

Provide open lines of communication

It is always good to establish clear and open lines of communication. Students need to know they can feel comfortable expressing opinions and asking questions; it will be the only way the learning process can be effective. After all, they will be expected to adjust their entire lifestyle for upcoming weeks and possibly months. 

Introduction to new friends

Interactive environments will create a welcoming atmosphere for overseas students as well. Being introduced to other college students and similar groups will provide a healthy social environment. There may even be more open lines of communication among peers when it relates to day to day adjustment concerns. Student life is improved when there are others for them to relate to at every step of the way. 

Opportunities to explore 

The major advantage in learning the English language overseas is to experience the culture and embrace all that comes along with this immersion.  International students are to be given as much opportunities to explore their new surroundings and partake of as much as is possible. Structured excursion programmes will be added motivation for students; being able to see new things and places with new found friends and families improve the quality of time and learning the language. 

Family integration

Homestay programs provide a wonderful atmosphere for students travelling for the first time. They are embraced by host families and are encouraged to simply become an extension to the respective families. Students will find themselves actively playing a role I the day to day schedule of the host family. This approach gives a sense of belonging and feeling proud when something can be contributed.

Student involvement

In hosting students there should be many forms of activities or inclusions available. It is very important that when hosting international students, they are encouraged to get involved in homestay family activities as well as helpful community activities. This can assist in building comfort levels and providing avenues for students to have a diversified experience. Each student will have different likes and dislikes, with student involvement they are given a chance to explore new interests and those of others around them.

Native family connection

International studies are not easy on maintaining native family bonds. As a result, students are to feel comfortable keeping contact with loved ones, host families must encourage this communication and even become a part of that process as well. When native families are able to see their children are doing well and are being taken care of, that also makes a really big difference.

Be engaged in the learning process

In hosting a foreign student, it is expected that learning and emotional support will be required. They will need encouragement along the way and an assurance that they can do well with there studies. Language skills will be practised and nurtured within these homes, students will benefit from such practical applications. Hosting families ought to create an environment where to study abroad becomes nothing but a memorable set of experiences. 

Students will profit from a learning experience that is geared towards their well being and preferences. Everyone, including the respective students, will have a part to play in making them have that worthwhile sense of accomplishment and gaining a whole new world of family and friends. Studying overseas has never been more welcoming!

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