What to Do When You’re Homesick

Everyone gets a little homesick from time to time, especially if they’re living abroad. If you start to miss home, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read through our key advice below, and you’ll start feeling better in no time!

Get Involved in University Life

First and foremost, if you’re feeling blue about being so far away from home, try to distract yourself by keeping busy. Investing plenty of time into your studies, getting involved in as many social groups as you can, and getting to know your neighbours will help you to feel much more settled in Dubai.

Your first week is a key time to get involved in social activities. This is when university groups and societies see influxes of new members, and there will be plenty of new people living in your building, too! So make sure you push yourself out there during the first week, even if you’re feeling a little down.

Touch Base with Home (But Not Too Much!)

When you feel like you’re missing home, give your family a call or a Skype – but not too often! Touching base and catching up with your friends and relatives is important, but it shouldn’t form the basis of your life at university. Put your studies, meeting new people, and social events first. This way, you will miss home less, but keep a close connection with your loved ones back in your home country.

Get Some Home Comforts

It might sound a bit silly, but if you have certain home comforts, make sure you bring them to university with you. Whether you just want to hang a few fun pics of your friends on your wall, or you feel the urge to pack up your Bisto gravy before you fly to Dubai, make sure you do it! This way, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your home comforts whenever you need to.

Stay Healthy

Your health is the most important thing, so if you’re feeling down, make sure you talk to somebody about it. There’s no shame in speaking to a friend or a support worker at university about your feelings. They will provide you with a sounding board for your problems and will help you see things differently.

Part of staying happy and healthy at university is also making sure you have a clean, comfortable place to live. Find out more about our accommodation options so you can find your ideal “home from home” in Dubai.

Enjoy Your Time at University!

Even if you are feeling homesick, try your hardest to make sure it doesn’t take over your life and put a dampener on your time at university. Remember, you won’t be a student for long, so you need to make the most of it!

By keeping your health in check, making sure you find the right place to live, and throwing yourself into student life, you will overcome homesickness and feel better in yourself. Check out all of the amazing things you could be doing in Dubai right now!

5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

Make no mistake, studying abroad is a serious undertaking – one that will challenge you on a personal and professional level. Even the most adventurous students can feel nervous about moving overseas to study.

Perhaps you’re a really family-oriented person or maybe you’ve settled into your own little circle of friends that you can’t bear to leave behind, but here’s the thing: all that will still be there when you get back. So push your FOMO to the back of your mind and take a look at these five reasons why we think every student should try to incorporate some world travel into their university lives.

1. You Get to See the World!

If it’s not obvious enough, travelling abroad means you get to experience new things that the world has to offer. Sure, your focus when you’re there is – first and foremost – to study, but most courses will give you the weekends off so you can plan day trips to nearby towns and cities.

So if you’ve always dreamed of travelling somewhere, be it the United States or the United Arab Emirates, this is your chance! Opportunities like this are hard to come by, so seize it while it’s there – and get more souks and sunshine in your life!

2. You Can Hone Your Language Skills

One of the major draws of studying abroad is the opportunity to learn a foreign language. Whether you’re learning the language from scratch or have been studying it for years, living abroad is the key to actually becoming fluent in that language, because it provides an immersive environment for language learning.

In addition, your host university will likely offer language courses, taught by native-speaking tutors, so you will get a more formal education on top of the practice you’ll get just from living your day-to-day life.

3. You Open Doors to Career Opportunities

Many international students fall in love with their host countries so much that they decide to seek work there. If you ever find yourself in that situation, you will soon learn that a local education will be very valuable when job-hunting in that country.

On the other hand, if you wish to return home after your studies overseas, you’ll go back with a new perspective on culture, as well as language skills and a willingness to learn. All of these qualities will be very appealing to your potential employers. The opportunity to explore a foreign country and a boost to help you earn a decent graduate job can’t be bad going.

4. You Will Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life. While studying abroad, you’ll be attending classes and living in close proximity with local and other international students, and the chances are that you’ll make a lifelong friend or two!

Studying abroad will allow you to really get to know your fellow students and create lasting friendships with them. You never know when these rewarding relationships may come in handy when you’re out there living your working life or when you need to pull a few strings. Just make sure you make an effort to stay in touch with them!

5. You Will Grow as a Person

As cheesy as it may sound, living abroad is really not quite the same as your average holiday. You’ll need to do your own life admin and figure everything out by yourself, and to paraphrase Destiny’s Child, “it’s not easy being independent”. It’s true, being in a new place and away from your friends and family can be tough at times, but if you’re willing to stick it out, you’ll eventually learn to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem-solve – and you’ll realise that it’s all worth it in the end.

Are You Ready for an Adventure?

If you’re up for the challenge, then you’ll be glad to hear that Dubai is an excitement-filled and education-driven city that welcomes students from all the over the world. Don’t take our word for it, check out these exciting student events that take place annually in Dubai.

If you’re thinking of studying here, why not take a look at Dubailand, our all-inclusive student residence, which will put you at the heart of the emirate and right at the doorstep of Dubai International Academic City.