Studying abroad is so much fun, much more even funnier than you have ever read or been told. This is due to the numerous benefits that studying in such environment offers to the students. However, while you are preparing to study abroad, and irrespective of the reason why you want to study abroad, there are lots of measures that you might need to put in place first to ensure that the experience during the period of study there is great, adventurous and worth remembering a thousand times.
Below are 15 tips on how to study abroad with hitch free and less stress;
- Research About the New Country’s Culture Before You Leave
This is a fundamental tip you need to adhere to before leaving your home country. You need to understand how the citizens of that country behaves, similarities and dissimilarities with you home country ways of dressing, acting, talking and other general characteristics. Having adequate knowledge about a place before you visit is what brings about that feeling of déjà vu. See some cultural differences.
- The Language is Important – Make Attempt in Learning It
It is very quintessential that if the country of your choice speaks a different language than your mother’s tongue, you might want to make attempts in understanding that language before you leave – at least the language basics. You could attend some close by tutorials that offer language classes, take up some online courses in the new language or consciously checkup meaning constantly on Google Translate the nudge pops up in your head. See the three easy steps in learning other languages.
- Make a List of All the Necessities You will Need Upon Arrival
Nothing destabilizes one more than discomfort especially in a new terrain. Thus to avoid this, you might want to make a list of all the basic necessities you will be needing upon arriving and making plans for them. Examples are accommodation, local foods pending when you adjust to theirs, drugs that are infrequently sold, personal effects and etc.
- Plan your Travel in the Right Period
Ensure that whatever period you are going to be booking your flight is convenient. Not just for you but for all parties involved in your travelling and study activities. Every stake holder in that regards should be kept in loop and aware beforehand so that on the day of your travel, everything goes seamlessly and you are able to have an hospitable first-time experience upon arrival.
- Allow Your Plans to Be Flexible Enough
He who fails to plan already plans to fail. However, planning in a completely unfamiliar event or terrain should be flexible enough to accommodate changes without leading to a very high cost, in terms of money or time.
- Study the Transportation System in the Country
You need to ensure that you are well abreast as regarding the kind of transportation system used in the country before arrival. This will help you make plans and should get details in terms of cost, time and even distance between places in the country you might want to visit.
- Don’t Overspend Upon Arrival, Observe the Terrain First
It is important that you watch the way you spend upon arrival in a new place. This will help you avoid many troubles. You don’t want people thinking that you have so much even when you probably don’t? Even if you do have so much, it is an unnecessary attention for one who is new in a certain environment. Observe for some time, then make modifications gradually.
- Save, Save, Save – Save for Contingencies
No matter how much you came with, always remember you should always save. Even if your allowance or stipends comes in constantly in a certain period, wisdom still demand that you save. This is because and unforeseen contingencies may arrive, and for one who isn’t in his or her home country, money might just be the only thing that will even help you to an extent. Also you could invest the saving or start up a business with it upon graduation.
- Students Usually Have Discounts
Realize that students are always entitled to some form of discounts that the public are not given. Thus, always remember that and whenever the opportunity arises, use that privilege to save costs at all times.
- Always Have your IDs Along
For a student from another country, it is essential that you always have your ID on you. This is because, when any issue that requires identification comes up, that is always your instant saving grace. Otherwise, you might run into frequent issues with the police or other citizens or even find yourself back in your home country.
- Learn How to Use a Map – Both Electronic and Manual
In today’s digital world, Google maps, Instant street view and a host of other direction-inclined applications enable you to find your way even in a place that you have never visited. Understand those tools. In addition, also understand how to use a manual map in cases of emergencies where you might not even be with an electronic device and the only means of direction are sign posts or maps around – understand those too.
- Have a Soft Copy of all Your Importance Documents
While the physical documents are importance, it is also essential that you have all your important document, scanned and saved on cloud, and easily accessible by you with any of your devices. This will enable you avoid asking family members in hoe country to send parcels of some documents forgotten too frequently and a host of other benefits.
- Be Appreciative to People in a New Environment
This is very important. Even when not in an unfamiliar terrain, it is expected that you are appreciative to people around you. However, in an unfamiliar terrain, this is essential. This is because of your novelty in their ways of doing things. So it’s wise that you get familiar with things first, before you get completely settled. When you just arrive, no one is your friend, no one is your enemy, and everyone deserves your respect.
- Don’t Let Love Hold you Back
Love and relationships can be the reason why some people are having double thoughts when they are about to study abroad. You must understand that, the study is ultimately for your own good, and letting love or relationship keep you in your home town may not be the best decision.
- Don’t Go with Your Previous ‘Self’
Having original personality and a good brand is wonderful. However, when you are going to a new place, you are not completely sure of their ways of doing things. So as a rule of thumb, it is advisable, one start in a clean slate, and with time show yourself and your brand as it becomes appropriate.
Studying abroad in various countries as mentioned before is a good thing, a dream that people should embrace so as to build their self the more with new and more sophisticated means of learning. But then, the tips above should be observed also, so that everything will work harmoniously and as seamlessly as possible. Now that you have gotten the tips,