The Ups And Downs Of Transitioning Into Your New Life Abroad

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Studying abroad is a challenging opportunity. I hope you will all agree with me on this.

Studying abroad will definitely bring in the ups and downs and major transition of life. If your inner voice is saying you’re ready for this transition then I must say you’re ready for study abroad.

Study abroad is not all about studies but it will bring all the fun, obstacles and lifetime memories. At the same time, it will definitely prepare you the better education, better experiences and more learning.

A total transformation of life will take place and if you can welcome the transformation well and good because you’re made for study abroad.

I remember the quote by – Saint Augustine:

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page


The Transition Effect Is Called W-effect And It Has 5 Stages:

1) First Stage:

The first stage is started where you entered the new place. You will fall in love with the country, place, and culture. You want to explore and capture every moment. This is the first elevated point of letter W.


2) Second Stage:

The second stage will start where you start missing your home. Homesickness starts to develop. The tourist feeling will be gone and you will certainly realize that this is your new home. The is the first low to the W.


3) Third Stage:

The third stage or the second elevated point of letter W will start when you start adjusting yourself to the environment and started getting familiar. You will immerse yourself in the culture.

You will start appreciating and become part of it. Nothing will seem different to you.


4) Fourth Stage:

The fourth stage explains the feeling of not going back to home. Suddenly this place makes you feel comfortable. You will start loving the country more than anything and your home country to start looking boring to you. This is the second low in the W.


5) Fifth Stage:

The fifth stage is where you finally come back to your motherland. You will feel the same warmth and love from your family and loved ones.

It will be the nice feeling of coming back to home. This is the final elevated point of letter W.



These were the 5 stages that a person undergoes when they go abroad for studies. There is no fixed rule or pattern whether these stages will occur, for how long will they occur and the order. They just happen.

For few, they might not undergo any stage or for few, they might undergo some stages say two or three. It totally depends on the person. But the important thing is it can happen to anyone and at any time.

I hope we all will agree on this that it is extremely difficult to adapt the changing environment so quickly and smoothly. It takes time. Weeks, months maybe years to some to fully become the foreigner and live in their lifestyle.

So the transition from native to the foreigner and then back to native is pretty difficult. It’s definitely difficult to adapt different settings so easily and smoothly. This is called life. We have to deal with it. We have to make ourselves flexible and comfortable.

What ups and downs you think you gonna face when you visit abroad for studies? Do let me know in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “The Ups And Downs Of Transitioning Into Your New Life Abroad

  1. Hello,

    I really loved Saint Augustine’s quote ad its true also.

    The 5 transition stages are really awesome. When I started reading 1st stage it creates curiosity to read another stages. I must say a very well written post 🙂


  2. Such a nice and Helpful Article i am happy to reach you and Read your article. i share your article on my social media accounts and also bookmarked because its very helpful for me thanks for publish

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