Transition tips


Leaving home to come to University is a major event for any student, but travelling to a new country and adapting to a new environment as well makes this an even bigger transition for new international students.

Any such transition is likely to be a source of stress and uncertainty. Homesickness is normal - everyone will experience it at some point and it will pass, although at the time it might not feel like it.

 Transition tips

Top tips to beat homesickness

Acknowledge your feelings and accept them, these feelings will pass. Expect a certain amount of confusion at first, there is such a lot to do and everything is new. Unfamiliar aspects of everyday life may seem strange and unsettling at first. There is nothing wrong with feeling these differences; any period of change takes some time to get used to.

  • Try to remind yourself why you wanted to come, remember some of the things you were looking forward to, can you get involved in some of those things now? You might like to look at the events offered by the International Office as a starting point.
  • Avoid blaming yourself or others for the way you feel. It’s not that people are being difficult it’s just that things are different. Try not to mix just with other people from your culture. Although it’s tempting you will settle in more quickly the more people you get to know.
  • Make an effort to join clubs and societies. It may seem difficult at first but the more you feel part of campus life the less homesick you will feel.
  • Try to establish a routine as soon as possible. The fuller your days the less time you will have to feel homesick or lonely.
  • Make sure you get enough rest and try to eat well and get some fresh air and exercise every day.
  • Talk to other students. Remember that everyone is feeling the same, if you start a conversation with someone they will probably be very pleased.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if things get too much. If you feel you are having a lot of difficulty settling in you may want to talk to the University Counsellors or staff in the International Office. Remember there is a lot of help available - don’t be afraid to use it.
See our tips for when you arrive - these have been written by our support staff and current students to help you make the most of your first few days at Nottingham.


International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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