Things Student Must Take Care of before leaving for Study Abroad

Preparing To Study Abroad - Things You Need to Know

Research:

What’s the weather like in your host country? Do you have appropriate clothing to suit the weather? Having a thorough understanding of the host nation will help you combat your irrational fears about language and cultural barrier, navigating alone in a new country, international laws and transportation, etc. Also, it is important that you do a bit of research on student life and culture in the university that you have applied to.

 

Do the Paperwork:

Secure them in your carry-on bag and maintain a photocopy in your baggage to make sure that you have backup, if lost. Every college expects prospective foreign students to complete certain pre-departure paperwork upon acceptance into the program. Make sure that you go through the list of documents and submit them at Office of International Education before the deadline.

 

Inform Your Bank and Credit Card Companies:

Banking in foreign countries will be different from what you are used to in your home country. Contact your bank to get an international ATM card or arrange an alternative. Inform your credit card companies too about your trip to avoid them flagging your international transactions as suspicious activity.

 

Pack Light:

As mentioned before, make sure that you have all your documents readily available in your carry-on luggage. Prescription medicines, glasses or contact lens, money and credit cards are other personal items that you should carry-on. Packing light takes planning; so make sure that you do it well in advance before your trip. Make a list of necessary apparels, accessories, gifts to relatives abroad, essential toiletries and souvenirs. Re-pack if necessary to limit the items that you carry.

 

Get Insurance:

Insurance is a worthy investment when travelling abroad. If you already have one, check with the insurance provider if your plan includes coverage for overseas care. If it doesn’t, they can help you get a policy that covers travel requirements.

 

Write Down Emergency Numbers:

You should know where the embassy of your country is located at the host country. It is a must to have the phone number handy. Get in touch with 24/7consular services if in need. Also, learn how to contact police, health care providers and fire department of your host country. Make a list of emergency contact numbers including local contacts, parents and college, just in case you need it.

 

A little planning will help you in a great way.

 

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