Preparing To Study Abroad: 9 Things You Need To Know
Are you preparing to study abroad? Preparing for this big move can be difficult and stressful. These are a few study tips to make the process easy for you.
Know why you want to study abroad: So many people don’t know why they want to study abroad and this has affected their choices of school, course/ program. Not to be in this category, you need to first examine why you want to travel, consider the course, and if the country you wish to study is best for the course or not. You want to study anything related to art, you need to look out for countries where you can explore various art and culture and the same goes for other courses.
When you have carefully thought about the reason you want to study abroad, and what you hope to achieve, then finding the institution is easy and fast.
Apply To Your Dream School: Kindly note that after you have selected the institution, you will need to apply as your trip is dependent on if the institution admits you. There are three ways you can apply. And they are; Take an exchange semester through your current school, through an agency, or by yourself. In all, carefully submit the requested information.
Note; do not forget to research the scholarship options available in the institution.
Student Visa; This comes after you have been admitted as the school will provide you with the necessary documentation to enable you to apply for a visa in your home country. Although on rare occasions and the duration of the course, you may be allowed to use a tourist visa when your course takes a longer time, a student visa is most appropriate for this course.
Student Housing: For a foreign student, securing a place to stay can be hectic sometimes. Although some institutions have accommodations you can apply to but if you prefer to rent off the campus, it is good that you first secure a temporary place to stay on arrival while you lookout for a safe place by yourself.
Student Insurance, and Medication: This insurance will be very important during your study. Sometimes, your chosen school might not provide full coverage for your medical bills so you might need to prove that you can take care of any medical bills that might incur during your period of study. However, if you are on certain medication, you are advised to come along with the prescription as this will be helpful pending when you can get them over there.
Time To Purchase Your Plane Ticket: The right time to get your travel ticket is three months before your departure.
At this point, it is cheaper and also you have peace of mind knowing that your desire to study in your dream country is materializing.
Apply For A Travel Credit Card: A credit card is very important to your trip. You will need it to book accommodation, pay for feeding, and other unexpected expenses on arrival. So before you travel, you will need to go and request a travel visa from your local bank.
Communication: It is important to put into consideration ways you can communicate with your family and friends once you are away. If your phone is locked, you may need to get a temporary phone on arrival to get a sim card.
Packing Up For Trip: You can start packing one week before departure. At this point make sure you have gotten all the necessary items in place ranging from food to eat on the trip. Clothes and jackets depending on your destination, toiletries, body fragrance, good walking shoes, underwear, and a lot more.
Now that you have done the listed preparation, do not forget to make copies of your documents and make plans for a cab to pick you up from the airport on arrival to your destination (accommodation).
In an increasingly globalized world, studying abroad is now more important than ever. If you consider studying abroad in a graduate school certain benefits come from this including improving your language skill, experiencing different teaching skills, enhancing your network, learn diverse cultures and languages, and lastly to explore the world.