Things you need to know before preparing to study abroad

Are you a student who is longing to study in an international study destination? Are you passionate about going to a foreign country and continue your education there? Do you think getting an education from a famous study destination is going to change your life? If you are getting ready to continue your studies in any of the top-rated countries it might become a game changer for you. 

Studying abroad comes with a lot of advantages to students. It helps a student to develop social, academic & language skills. It is a great opportunity to have international exposure. Interacting with people from all around the globe changes the perspective of a person. You become more adaptable and flexible. It gives you greater vision and broader outlooks. You get the opportunity to meet with people from all around the world, you become familiar with their culture. You are able to influence and be influenced by multiple cultures during your stay in a foreign country. 

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Most of the international study destinations allow students to do part-time jobs. This helps them to become financially independent and responsible. Residing in a foreign country with unknown people, sharing the classroom with international students, doing a job in an unfamiliar location, all these are going to help a student to mould his personality in a positive way. You get the feeling of being a part of an international community and also try to preserve the culture & values of the place you hail from. It becomes a matter of pride and responsibility to present your country in the best way in front of others. 

It is a part of their policy for most of the international colleges & universities to allow ethnic diversities into their campus. The educational policies of most of such countries have been framed in a way to incorporate international students into their local campuses. This way they ensure that their students get multi-cultural exposure. The campus is modelled as a miniature of the world. Students from all over the world study & interact, enriching each other. It is in fact a cultural exchange that takes place in these campuses which makes it a non-academic or beyond the syllabus way of learning. So if you are thinking about going beyond the borders, do not hesitate to do so. You can return to your home country as a proud citizen or continue to live in a place where you are comfortable & make your country proud of you. Which country to choose as your study destination is a matter of utmost consideration. Good research on the country, the colleges, the courses, career opportunities, social & political conditions of the place, the climate of the place, and many other factors have to be done before coming up with a final decision.

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Getting ready to move

Get your passport ready –

The most basic thing a student should start with is to get his/her passport ready. So when you start planning about your international academic journey, start it by obtaining a passport. If you already have a passport, check the validity and ensure that it is valid enough throughout your study program or at least during the first year of your study. This way you can move around without being bothered about the passport renewal process when you are at a new place. 

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Prepare your mindset –

Moving to a foreign destination, that too most probably without being accompanied by any of your loved ones might be a new experience for many students. So it is important to mentally prepare yourself to face the challenges that might arise during your stay. Many students feel homesick, lonely and depressed in the initial stages of their move. It is quite natural to feel so. But this can be avoided or reduced to a certain extent by preparing your mind ready to accept new situations. For most of the students, their selected study destination can be a new experience. They might be unfamiliar with everything about the place. You need to be ready to face all the challenges. There is nothing to be afraid of, but students should be aware of the possible hurdles. And the best part is that you can find many students in similar conditions and you can support each other whenever there is a need. Of course, the university authorities are responsible enough to take care of the comforts of the students but many times it happens that students hesitate to approach the authorities with their problems. So it is always a great idea to contact your student affairs in charge and update him or her about your status. They would be happy to help. 

Do good research –

As a student getting ready to move to an international destination, it is advisable to do good research on the country that you are choosing. You should know about the basic language, culture, food habits, lifestyle, living expenses, currency, social life, job opportunities, and whatever information you can get. As you know it is not a difficult thing to get information about almost anything that you need. We get everything at a mouse click. Thanks to Google. Put the right keywords and move ahead with your research. Note down the information you collected. If you have more than a single country in your mind, make charts to compare the key factors. You can make the comparison based on your preference and the factors that you want to consider the most. 

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There is a lot to know and do before you make your final move and I will be back with more information in the coming days. So stay tuned and leave your questions in the comment box below. 

Click here to watch the presentation I have done for the students of Wadi Rahma English School.

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