10 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad

Apart from all the brochures and advisors about the various options you have across the globe, you may still want to consider the following points before you actually hit off for an international study adventure.

  • It is always more economical to open a local bank account- paying transaction fees on your credit cards and bank fees for withdrawing money foreign ATMs are unnecessary expenses.
  • A semester may not be enough to learn a new language. So make sure you’ve taken classes beforehand, done some practicing, so that when you land into the new country, you don’t really have to start form the scratch, but instead work on becoming fluent.
  • Make sure you register your semester with the home government, so that in case of any emergency they will be able to get in touch with your contacts. Also make sure you know how to contact the police, the fire department, the hospitals, and other emergency services in the host country. Also make sure you know where you could find the closest embassy in case of any trouble or security concern.
  • While it is exciting to try the local food, it is equally important for you to have information about the food safety hazards pertaining to the food and drinks to avoid any allergies.
  • Get a travel insurance, just to avoid chaos during ill-health or non-medical emergencies. If you already have a health insurance, check if it covers for oversea medical costs. It is always advised to get a full-body health check before you leave. If you are taking prescription medications already, make sure the medicines are available at your destination as well. Just in case, if you ever have to visit the hospital, make sure you carry along with you, your passport as well as your insurance card.
  • Keep some extra SD cards or additional memory backups. After all, the first few weeks you would be having your camera in hand, travelling and discovering the place.
  • Purchase you plane tickets at least 3 months in advance. That is when the prices are typically the lowest.
  • Make sure your passport and travel documents are in order and handy. Make copies of the documents and the university acceptance letter. You should in fact even email them to yourself, so that you have them all the time. When you are boding your flight, carry a pen because you may have to fill some paperwork before and after you land.
  • You don’t have to stock your toiletries along. If you have to use the Pantene hair gel, you may even find it at a cheaper price abroad!
  • The last thing to keep in mind is that you would seem to look different, people may have stereotypes, you will face problems with the language and the food, you will miss your mom, you may end up getting too excited in a frat party, but it is all going to be fine. It is a new experience, and what matters the most is that you enjoy it and learn new things on your foreign journey.
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