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Study Abroad Advice for Muslim Students

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Advice for Muslim students studying in non-Muslim countries. Dealing with culture shock, language barriers. Living according to your faith.

Advice for Muslim students studying in non-Muslim countries. Dealing with culture shock, language barriers. Living according to your faith.

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  • 1. Study Abroad الدراسة في الخارج Advice for Muslim Students studying in non-Muslim countries نصيحة للطلاب المسلمين الذين يدرسون في البلدان غير الإسلامية
  • 2. What you need to know
    • Learn about the country you are going to
    • Travel Tips - general precautions while traveling
    • Studying in a foreign environment
    • Forming a community
    • Living according to your religion
    Continued…
  • 3. What you need to know
    • Keeping in touch with your family & friends
    • You are the Muslim Ambassador!
  • 4. 1. Learn about the country you are going to
    • Hopefully:
      • A great place to study
      • Warm and welcoming environment
      • Friendly People
  • 5.  
  • 6. Learn about the country you are going to - Weather
    • Plan ahead
    • Take clothing according to the weather
    • Know about the average high and low temperatures
  • 7. Learn about the country you are going to - Healthcare
    • Health Insurance?
    • Cost of medical treatment if needed
  • 8. 2. Travel Tips
    • Be prepared for the journey
    • Do not to leave luggage unattended
    • Do not carry or accept packages for anyone
  • 9. Travel Tips - Documents
    • Make at least 3 copies of your passport's data page and any visas
    • Keep one copy separate from the originals while traveling
    • Leave a copy with your family
  • 10. Electronics
    • Country’s electricity system either 110 volts or 220 volts
    • A voltage converter may be useful
  • 11. Travel Tips - Clothing
    • Fashion versus Comfort
    • Experienced travelers choose comfort
    • Freedom of dressing according to your faith (especially for sisters)
    • Be proud of your Muslim identity
  • 12. Travel - Jet Lag
    • A physiological condition which is a consequence of alterations to the routine
    • Symptoms: Headache, fatigue, nausea
    • Simple prevention can be good sleep while aboard the plane
    • Take rest upon arrival, drink lots of water
    • Condition may last more than a day
  • 13. 3. Studying & living in a foreign environment
    • Challenges
    • Home-sickness
    • Cultural shock
  • 14. Home-sickness
    • First experience of living on your own - away from home, family & country
    • Comforts and luxuries of home not present
    • Away from cultural & religious events - Eid, Ramadan etc.
  • 15. Food
    • You may miss your home food
    • Availability of Halal food
    • Exercise care in eating outside
    • Check food labels for any unlawful substances
  • 16. Cultural Differences
    • Stage 1 : Arrival Stage – Excitement
    • Stage 2 : Cultural Shock - Anxiety produced when a person moves to a completely new environment
      • Anxiety
      • Lack of direction
      • Seeing different people
      • Listening to a different language
      • Sadness & depression
    • Stage 3 : Balancing – Understanding of the new culture, ways & norms
  • 17. Dealing with cultural shock
    • Involve yourself in healthy activities
    • Develop a hobby, be patient & constructive
    • Value what you have – your noble purpose
    • Remember you are the ones who got a chance to fulfill your dreams of studying & studying abroad
  • 18. Dealing with members of the opposite sex
    • Different culture
    • Smile a common gesture
    • Staring considered impolite in any culture
    • Respect laws and maintain modesty
  • 19. While you are there
    • Read the local newspaper
    • Watch the news on television on a regular basis
    • Be aware of its laws & regulations & obey them
      • Culture
      • Way of life
      • Respect the country’s customs
  • 20. Language Barriers (Foreign Language)
    • Learning basic phrases can be helpful in the beginning
    • Avoid confining yourself to friends of your community only
    • Learn about the culture & language of the host country
    • Language – Important for your studies
  • 21. Evaluate yourself
    • Evaluate your performance
    • Relaxation and meditation are proven to be very positive for people who are passing through periods of stress
    • Ways to relax
  • 22. Learn about your beautiful religion
    • Connect with the Holy Quran
    • Read and understand the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
    • Never miss your five obligatory prayers
  • 23. 4. Forming a community
    • Don't isolate
    • Forming a community will reduce your loneliness
    • Turn your environment into a helping one
    • Support each other
    • Be accommodating
    • Iftar Dinners in Ramadan
  • 24. 5. Living according to your faith
    • Make sure they see in you the best example and the finest image
    • Perform the obligatory duties
    • Great responsibility
  • 25. Finding Qibla Direction for 5 daily prayers
    • Being aware of directions
    • Useful Internet websites
    • www.islam-qa.com
    • www.islamicity.com
    • www.islamicfinder.org
  • 26. Useful Islamic Links
  • 27. 7. Keeping in touch with your family & friends
    • Email – cheapest way to communicate with family
    • Get an email account if you already do not have one
    • Regular Mail
    • Telephone
    • Skype
  • 28. 8. You are your Country’s Ambassador!
    • Remember your role as your country’s representative
    • You will be introducing your country and representing Islam
    • Leave lasting good memories
    • Learn and respect the other culture and value diversity
  • 29.
    • Best of Luck !