Studying abroad is a great way to experience a new culture, go outside your comfort zone, make new friends and have memories that will last a lifetime. However, there are many things to consider before moving to another country.
Here is a list of 10 tips that will help you to prepare for your big adventure.
1. Make sure you have a signed, VALID PASSPORT AND VISAS if required. Also, before you go, scan all of your important documents and leave some copies of it to your relatives or friends. So that you can use it in case the original will be lost.
2. Make sure you have INSURANCE that will cover your emergency medical needs while you are overseas. Also, read the Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets for all countries you are planning to visit.
3. Think very carefully about what it is necessary to pack for your moving. Make sure that YOUR LANGUAGE will be useful!
4. LEARN THE LANGUAGE where you are moving in. The better you know the language of your host country, the more comfortable you will be.
5. Do not follow after laziness. If you have the choice between lying on a coach and a chance to travel, TRAVEL. You will not regret it.
6. While travelling, do not leave your luggage unattended in public places and NEVER ACCEPT packages from strangers. Everywhere you can become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewellery.
7. Say "YES" to every opportunity for exploration. This is a very good chance to meet other people and make friends. And do not be afraid to take some crazy risks. It makes the best stories, after all.
8. Hang out with people who are not from your home country – to make FRIENDS from all over the world is the best experience.
9. Buy a good camera and DOCUMENT EVERYTHING, from the local hot spots to the kitchen in your temporary home. Take pictures so you never forget your home away and good time spent there.
10. Try to visit SURROUNDING COUNTRIES besides the place where you are staying during your studies. Who knows when you will get a chance to visit them after your graduation. Especially, if you are heading to another continent.