Working or studying away
During your time at Bristol you may spend time studying or working abroad or on a placement in the UK as part of your degree scheme.
Before you go
Having an idea of what to expect when you arrive will help your transition. Knowledgeable students usuallly find settling in easier.
If you have already identified yourself as having mental health problems, speak to your local health services in your home country about how to cope with being away. Talk to them about prescriptions and how much to take if you are on medication.
When you arrive
You may feel disoriented, irritable, frustrated or homesick. Many of these feelings are completely normal. It is important to accept these feelings, recognise that they will pass and give yourself time to adjust to your new cultural setting.
Big White Wall is a safe online support community who help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
It is available 24/7, and completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. The University will not know you have used it.
Tips for looking after yourself
- Make an effort to meet new people and take the initiative to talk to colleagues;
- Join clubs and take part in activities and outings;
- Volunteer in the community, it will help build connections and sharing kindness improves your sense of wellbeing;
- Take notice of your new surroundings;
- Get active and explore your new city;
- Learn a new skill this will give you a sense of achievement and confidence;
- Meet up with other University of Bristol students in your city;
- Avoid retreating to your room.
- Use the Big white wall online support network.
Visit the Global Graduates website for lots of helpful articles and information on how to manage challenges while on your placement.