Preparing yourself well for a new beginning in a new country is essential. This makes the settling down process faster and easier. This is the first hand information from a parent. Here are 10 Tips For Students Admitted In International Universities:
1. Travel Documents
Check well in advance whether you have a valid passport and visa to the country you will be making home for the next few years. Keep a copy or two at different locations and have electronic access as well.
Tip: Ideally passport should be valid for the complete duration of your study period. Visa is issued as per the passport validity.
2. Medical Records, Health Insurance and Medicine
Carry your vaccination records, any prescriptions for ongoing medication and medical insurance coverage.
Tip: Take initial insurance coverage from your own country. All universities have a recommended medical insurance plan. Take this plan for your study period.
3. Local Connect
It is important to connect with other students who have been accepted to the same university as yours and preferably to the same program.
Tip: Most universities have a social media presence for the new students accepted in that year. Join these groups.
Buy tickets in advance to get economical fares and the dates of your choice.
Tip: Many airlines allow additional baggage to first time student travelers.
Research on available university and outside stay options. Choose the dorm/residence as per your lifestyle – suite-style with kitchen, traditional-style with furnished room, food options, distance from classrooms, fees etc.
Tip: If you have a friend going to the same university, give the preference to stay with him in the university dorm/residence form.
6. Money Matters
Carry traveling cheques or cash in destination country currency, sufficient to survive for a month. Open a bank account once you are settled in dorm/residence.
Tip: Choose a bank which has branches in your university. Take necessary documentation like student ID/passport, university acceptance letter etc. for opening the account.
7. Local Laws & Customs
Get familiar with local laws and customs. Always be sensitive to local customs when you are abroad. Female students can face particular issues around security.
Tip: Have a friend who you are responsible for, and vice versa.
8. Student Orientation
Attend the university organized orientation programs. You get to meet your seniors and professors during that time.
Tip: You also get familiarized with surroundings before the session starts.
Study hard as that is what you are going abroad for. It might take time to adjust to the big change in teaching style. Perseverance is the key.
Tip: There will be distractions at every stage and it is important to maintain a balance of work and play.
10. Economical Food Options
Eat well. That is the key to success. Learn to cook if you like cooking. Many times tiffin services are available at cheap prices.
Tip: Share with a couple of friends to get better rates.
Have fun and enjoy your new venture!
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