Every now and then, with the growing economy and the opening of many enterprises in the industrial revolution 4.0, the demand for study abroad is increasing. Most of the students studying abroad would like to have a better job, an appropriate environment to develop their abilities and gain global knowledge on purpose. Of course, the preparation for study abroad is a necessity for all students.
- Need the right documentation
Studying abroad defines that you will travel to another country for studying. It means that you will need a brand new kind of identification and a passport. Absolutely, you will be required to have a visa for studying abroad on purpose when you enter the new country. Therefore, it is best for you to prepare for those things as early as possible and you also should have physical copies of both your passport and visa.
A useful tip: Always bring a pen with you and keep your passport handy because you will have to fill out a bit of paperwork before entering the new country.
2. Plane tickets are best purchased three months in advance
Perhaps, the best time for you to purchase your plane ticket is in the three month range before your departure because you may save money with typically lowest price at that time.
A useful tip: Set up flight alerts on Kayak.com or Airefarewatchdog.com to get instant updates on when the price drops!
3. Always keep an eye on your stuff
It is essential that you actively make an effort to keep track of your belongings because you will likely be traveling with them in tow. If possible, you put your money, cards, smartphone, and other valuables in a hidden fanny-pack instead of loosely in your backpack.
The reason is that you can get distracted easily due to all of amazing things are around you.
A useful tip: Avoid wearing flashy clothes or accessories that capture the attention from unexpected robbers.
4. Ensure your bank and online password situation in order
Make sure that you alert your bank in advance and give them specific dates about when and where you are studying abroad to avoid having an “uh oh” moment when your ATM card or credit card is declined suddenly.
At present, many students who are planning to study abroad choose to travel with a debit card in lieu of cash. Students take out sums of money from the ATM as needed, as foreign ATMs distribute money in the local currency. This helps avoid long lines at the bank.
A useful tip: Take off the secondary password protection for your online password, especially if every time you login from a new IP address or computer it sends a text message password or similar process for accessing your account.
5. Understanding the new country
Studying abroad goes along with a few of responsibility on the student’s part. It is important that you keep in mind the local cultural norms since you will be living and adapting within another culture. This can influence on the way you wear, the way you speak, and the way you interact with local people.
A useful tip: To showcase your interest in the local culture, you can pick up some simple phrases in the local language. You’ll be greatly welcomed by the local people.
6. Guarantee the ready accommodation before coming
Many study abroad students were in trouble with looking for an accommodation after coming to the new place. At the same time, they took lot of money to stay temporarily in a hotel or an apartment during the time of looking for their fixed accommodation. Hence, you should ensure the ready accommodation before you come there.
A useful tip: it will be much better if you know someone (maybe your friends or relatives) there so that they can help you look for a good hostel.
7. Read the Consular Information Sheet
Consular Information Sheets provide up-to-date travel information on any country in the world that you plan to visit. They cover topics include entry regulations, the crime and security situation, drug penalties, road conditions, and the location of the embassy and consular agencies.
8. Keep a list of important phone numbers at hand
Whether it’s the contact info for your professor and classmates or the numbers of nearby embassies and consulates, it’s crucial to keep a list of these important phone numbers in a safe place that’s easily accessible. You might never need them, but better safe than sorry. An emergency card with local police and hospital contact info is especially beneficial.
9. Find out what information your school offers
Find out whether your school offers additional information for students who are planning to study, travel, or work abroad. They may also be able to provide you with information on any travel benefits for students (e.g. how to save money on transportation and accommodations, and other resources.)
10. Medicines and Insurance
You should coordinate with your doctor to fill these for the duration of your study abroad program if you are taking prescription medications already. In some cases, medicines you used can be easily found abroad but sometimes have different names. Additionally, you need to ensure that you have a medical insurance available at somewhere when you study abroad.
A useful tip: Normally, you will be required to pay for medical insurance upon enrollment when you go for studying abroad. So, no worries!
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