UCL Students Abroad

How to Decide Guide 2014

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If you're having trouble making a decision about whether study abroad is right for you, you might want to download our handy 'How to Decide' Guide 2014

The guide is designed for all undergraduate students who intend to spend, or are considering spending, some time abroad as part of their degree programme. The information is intended as a brief guide to get you thinking about your time away, and to direct you to further resources on this site.

Emotional and personal wellbeing

Undertaking a year abroad is a significant upheaval for most students. The stress of moving abroad, away from friends and family (sometimes for the second time in a short period) can be more difficult for some people than others. As well as the emotional impact, for some of you there may be health implications brought by moving away.

Before deciding to go abroad, it is important to ask yourself frankly whether you feel comfortable with all aspects of the year abroad. Reading through the pages and resources here will help you to understand your support options and highlight some of the most important issues surrounding wellbeing abroad.

Culture shock

One of the biggest hurdles for many students on their year abroad is the emotional reaction caused by their unfamiliar new surroundings. This is usually termed Culture Shock by the experts and it is experienced by the majority of the students who we send away.

You can read more about culture shock in our Arrival pages.

Read some first-hand experiences of Culture Shock on ThirdYearAbroad.com

Health issues

Throughout your studies, you should make sure to prioritise your health and ensure that it does not impact on your studies (or vice-versa) - and your year abroad is no different. Review our pre-departure health advice for more information about the kinds of issues that can affect students. 

Studying abroad with a disability 

 The Study Abroad Team work closely with the Student Disability Services Team to ensure that our students are fully supported when taking a period of study abroad. If you are considering studying abroad and you have additional needs which might need to be taken into account, you may wish to refer to our Guidelines for Students with a Disability, compiled by the Student Disability Services Team, for more detailed information about preparing yourself for a year abroad. 

You should also have a look at our Equality and Diversity page for more links and information. 

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