Cons of studying Arabic overseas

Even though I recommend studying Arabic overseas as opposed to locally, there are some cons that you have to consider:

  • The money, resources, physical effort, mental and emotional energy of leaving everything you have back home to start all over again in a new place can be taxing. Organising your visas, aeroplane tickets, packing and moving out of your place, putting all your funds into this one trip and tying all your loose ends is no quick, easy task.
  • You will miss your family and friends. As someone who is very close to my family this has always been the hardest thing for me. I’ve missed births of newborns, engagements and weddings, shared laughs and all round good times. FaceTime makes it a little bit easier but it’s not the same. It sucks and you’ll have a few cries.
  • I’m not sure if this just applies to me but I always have to get sick when I arrive in a new country. I don’t know if that’s just my body trying to acclimatise or outright refusing its new environment.
  • You’ll feel so alone and foreign. Even though I’m studying with my husband, I feel lonely at times knowing that I can’t rock up at my parents place or whatsapp my mates to organise brunch. It takes a while to meet new people as a foreigner, let alone create connections with them. Add covid-19 as another layer and let’s just say I don’t know many people here.

Having said all this, I still think it’s worth travelling to study and I try to see these as sacrifices of this dunya that are a means of gaining the Mercy and rewards of Allah.

The daily commute to school: Lonely train rides and pretty views.

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