banner image
05 | 05 | 18
05 | 18

Top Mistakes To Avoid When Studying Abroad

OSHC Students – So you’re leaving to study abroad! You are about to have the time of your life — your friends back home are so jealous — and you are going to do this up right!

For most students, studying abroad is the single most memorable thing they’ll do in their university life. But some common mistakes can really wreck what should be a fantastic international experience. Avoid these, and you’ll get the most out of your time abroad.

1.   Drinking Too Much.

This is the most common one. Don’t be the ridiculous American doing 20 shots and puking on the cobblestone streets. Putting yourself at risk for accidents, stupid decisions, and legal trouble when you are abroad is just a bad idea. You may be in a country where drinking is part of the culture, but nobody likes an obnoxious drunk anywhere in the world. Also, it can’t be emphasized enough: you look like a jerk. Don’t embarrass your school (or your nationality, for that matter) by being out of control.


Drinking Too Much

2.   Flunking Out.

There are many repercussions for bad grades abroad. Some universities give only pass/fail credit for study abroad, which may mean you need a C or better to even pass. Other universities calculate your international grades into your GPA — don’t blow your grad school admission because of too many late nights in Rome. Yes, you’re having fun, but you’re here to work too — it is possible to achieve both.

3.   Not Immersing In The Culture.

Get away from the English speakers. Meet the locals, find out where they go for fun, and try and practice the language (as embarrassed as you may feel at first). Network through your homestay and your fellow students. Don’t hang out at the American bars — you can do that back home. Make a conscious effort to immerse yourself every day.


Not Immersing In The Culture

4.   Getting Stuck In The World You Left Behind.

Facebook and Twitter will draw you back into your friends’ drama thousands of miles from you — log off and walk away. Your time abroad is limited, so socialize in the real world, where you are, as much as you can. Try not to study abroad with your boyfriend or girlfriend — that way, you can avoid relationship drama and have an experience that’s uniquely yours. Have guests, including your parents, visit you at the end of your program. Let go of the world behind you — it will be waiting for you when you are done thoroughly experiencing this new, fleeting one.

5.   Believing You Are Invincible.

Students often let their guard down in a new environment: Spaniards are so friendly, I could never get robbed here … There is almost no crime in London compared to New York … Everyone in Tokyo is just so nice to foreigners! You don’t have to be paranoid, but don’t abandon your common sense just because you’re in a different place. Big cities have similar problems everywhere in the world. I met a group of American students in Spain who had reported being the victims of theft — in each instance they admitted,  I let my guard down — I let a stranger borrow my cell phone, I fell asleep in the park and my backpack was gone, etc. The local crime rate may be low, but if you are an obvious foreigner, you’re a target — and that’s true everywhere in the world.

Have a blast, but be smart too. Your study abroad experience will be life-changing, no matter what. Just make sure that it’s for the right reasons!

Emma (OSHCstudents) – According to goabroad.com

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News related

Visa subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) and OSHC 13/06/2022 | 3879 Views

Visa subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) and OSHC

If you hold a valid Student visa at the time you apply for the Subclass 485 visa, you will already be covered under an Overseas Student Health Cover policy as a condition of your Student visa requirement. Your existing OSHC is considered acceptable health insurance at the time you lodge your 485 visa application and you should submit evidence of this with your visa application. 
Baek Ah Yeon

I trust Allianz Care since it is one of the largest insurance companies in Australia, with the medical centres where I only have to pay for what is left from insurance support. (no need to claim later). Besides, those centres are located at the centre of the city, close to schools. Very convenient, right? Credits to Allianz Care for providing reliable medical centres for health check and treatments.

Baek Ah Yeon | University of Queensland

Ariella Pei

I’ve been living with homestay family for 2 years. I’m now 19, I can move out but I don’t want to leave my host, who has become my family. It feels like I’ve met my second family. Thanks OSHCstudents for sending me to this homestay!

Ariella Pei | University of Canberra

Chatchawat Paton

I realised how important insurance was when I started living in Australia. There I switched to using Allianz Care instead of the previous service. Allianz Care is extraordinarily good in its consulting service and customer care. I’ve learned a lot about Australian health care, also I was consulted with mental issues and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I am very happy now.

Chatchawat Paton | Torrent University

Phuong Anh

Having lived in Australia for 2 years, I’ve been reliant on AHM OSHC to pay for my health care, which supports me for other expenses. Last year, I sent my claim requests for several times and always received the claims within two days. Everything is easy, fast and simple.

Phuong Anh | Victoria University

Xiaoyu Cheng

Thanks to Allianz Care, every time I claimed my medical receipts it processed much more quickly and easily than I expected. I was initially a bit concerned since Allianz Care is more expensive than other insurance companies, but now I can ensure that it is totally worth the money.

Xiaoyu Cheng | Monash University


My homestay was very comfortable and convenient. My host was really kind. He showed me where to shop, which buses to catch, where the nearest train station is, to get off at which station so that I wouldn’t be taken to another suburb. Travelling was easy since the place was close to public transports. It only took 30 minutes to get to my college, actually I could go anywhere easily!

Emma | Macquarie University

Jing Zhang

When told that I was going to live with an Italian family, I was pretty nervous and doubted whether or not they could speak English well as the local people? Yet it was no longer a problem when I saw them. They knew the problems of people who first came to Australia and always tried to help me. I learned so many things about both Australian and Italian culture and enjoyed tasty Italian meals every time. Awesome!

Jing Zhang | Griffith University

OSHCstudents Services


  • PTE Platform
  • Inus
  • Flywire
  • Imagine Education Australia
  • Shorelight
  • Opera City English College


  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • King Education
  • North Sydney College English
  • NIB
  • HCC
  • Global Experience
  • Bupa
  • Vodafone
  • OVHC Iman
  • Allianz
  • Medibank
  • AHM