While heading for a study abroad experience is an exciting voyage, there are a few things that you need to take care of before you get on that adventure. To make your task a bit easier for you, we have made a list of certain things that you ‘must’ take care of, think of this as a pre-departure guideline for you to follow. This will ensure that you are ready for your challenging yet enthralling academic trip overseas.
1. Visa and Passport:
● Make sure your passport will still be valid six months after you intend to return.
● Verify your visa again. Verify that the type you have is appropriate for your destination
and that it is ready. This is the most important element of your pre-departure checklist.
2. Details of the Flight:
● Verify the date, time, and terminal of your flight.
● Verify baggage allowances and any special airline restrictions.
3. Accommodation :
● Confirm your accommodation arrangements. Know the address, contact details, and any important check-in information. Keep your identification card ready, in case you need it. While this one may be a bit tricky, try to get in touch with people from where you are planning to go for a smooth arrival.
● Inform your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with your cards.
● Have some local currency for immediate expenses upon arrival.
5. Getting Ready for Health:
● Arrange for any required vaccinations or physical examinations.
● Get yourself the necessary medicines and a compact first aid kit.
6. Vital Records:
● Create photocopies of any necessary documentation, such as insurance policies, acceptance letters, passports, and visas
● Store digital copies in a safe cloud storage account.
● Make sure your trip is covered by health insurance.
● Be familiar with the details of your coverage and everything you would have to do in case of an emergency.
7. Essentials for Packing:
● Remember to bring necessities and weather-appropriate clothes. However, this does not mean that you overpack and have to bear extra charges for your luggage.
● Don’t forget chargers and converters, as well as any specialized things you might not be able to locate overseas. Also, don’t forget to include basic spices, condiments, and food items of your choice.
8. Getting Ready for School:
● Verify your enrollment and course information. See whether there are any readings or pre-course materials that need to be reviewed. Join college communities online to get in touch with your teacher/ students on campus so that you have a better idea of your college.
9. Cultural Awareness
● Research the local culture, customs, and norms.
● Learn a few basic phrases in the local language – it goes a long way!
10. Travel essentials
● Take along earplugs, a travel pillow, and any other comfort supplies you might need
● Have a small bag with important documents and essentials for easy access during transit.
11. Emergency contacts
● Make a list of emergency contacts, both at home and at your destination.
● Be aware of the phone number and email address of the embassy or consulate of your nation.
● Establish a communication strategy: look into foreign phone plans or purchase a local SIM card.
● Inform your loved ones of your updated contact information.
13. Settling in Plans
● Plan your first few days – know how you’ll get from the airport to your accommodation.
● Have contact details for any orientation sessions or local support services.
Studying abroad is a transformative experience, and being prepared ensures a smoother transition into this new chapter of your academic journey. Safe travels and best of luck on your international education adventure![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]