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