As An International Student, All You Need to Know Before You Fly to Overseas for Sep 2022 Intake

Regardless of your country of origin and destination, there will be much to learn and unlearn. Studying abroad offers many academic benefits, but it also comes with many challenges. Prepare in advance to make the transition easier.

The process of studying abroad is dynamic and meaningful. Additionally, we feel excited and shaky about everything surrounding it. Furthermore, the need to finish everything as quickly as possible leads to some anxious moments.

As we progress through this process, the calm does not return, at least not until all our work and dedication has led us to the final stage, the long-awaited landing. International students dream of that day when they will finally set foot on their final destination, where one of life’s most critical and decisive phases begins.

Instead of trying to orchestrate the arrival of September, focus on the pre-stage of the organization. It is just as crucial as all the other steps; its impact on how things will go once we have already reached the next starting point makes it even more crucial.

Keeping that in mind, here are some things you need to know about preparing for the September intake.

Apply for the student visa

Once the enrollment process at your university is over, you must get documents sorted for the student visa application. The first thing is the passport, as, without this, it all would be remanded. In addition, if you already have a passport, make sure to check its expiration date at the beginning of the trip.

After doing all that and getting all your paperwork ready, it’s finally time to apply for your visa.

Finalize the place to leave in a destination country

The second most important thing has a place to stay. Housing in a foreign country can be a headache unless you want to stay on campus or are planning to move in with a relative or acquaintance and already know where you will be staying.

However, if the latter is not the case, it is always good to do thorough research and make a smart choice about your new address.

After all, no one wants to go through the process of getting a passport and a visa to become troubled due to housing problems that could’ve been solved, right?

Learn about the local currency

International students sometimes have to adapt to some extreme changes when moving, which can be drastic or mild, and one of them is the currency exchange.

It is great to consider our daily expenses, especially when choosing where to study abroad. However, this is where we have to understand that the value of the currencies is not often stable. Stop comparing the local destination currency with your home destination. Pay close attention to your finances, as you could be wasting a lot more than initially planned if you’re budgeting for months instead of days.

Know the country where you are traveling to study abroad

It’s important to know where you’ll be studying, the environment, the politics, the economy, and other factors. Try to get to know the place even before you set foot there; it’s okay that you won’t know “everything,” but the knowledge you gain will make a difference.

Don’t just blindly go and study. You will regret it if you neglect this point; it is crucial to have a sense of your destiny, especially concerning politics and economics. Therefore, places that are in political or economic flux are considered good places to study abroad.

Get in touch with your home country’s Government

Though studying abroad is a crucial step in the life of a citizen; however, it is a radical and delicate change. Therefore, letting the Government have you on their radar is essential. In this way, the Government will know what to do in case of emergencies and be able to help you when you are in an unstable situation and far from the country.

Have an updated Health Insurance

Having Health Insurance is crucial, especially in the times in which we currently live. You have to be sure of your health condition for your well-being.

In countries where health insurance is required, there is consequently a lot of bureaucracy, which means that they will not hesitate to deport you if anything is irregular or worrying.

Get the necessary tests and vaccinations, contact your doctor or insurance company, inform them where and when you’ll travel, and request your prescriptions. They should also advise you on what you’ll need to maintain your health while studying abroad.

Understand how the bank system works

When studying abroad, one of the crucial things is understanding how the banking system works in your country and overseas, as you will need to save and receive the funds during your study abroad programs.

To know how credit and debit cards work in the country that you’re going to, you must get in contact with your bank. It’s also good to rely on a traveler’s card and avoid taking out the cash only when necessary.

Let your close ones know where you are going

Other than informing your friends and family that you’re going overseas, keep in touch and check in frequently throughout the trip.

In this way, they can not only advise you during the process but also know how to locate you when you leave them and be attentive to emergencies.

Prepare your documentation in advanced

Put together all the documents you’ll need, passport, visa, university/college admission letter, flight tickets, and other necessary documents for your departure. Keep them safe and close to you; this way, you’ll be more peaceful and have all your documents organized and ready.

Final Thoughts

Choosing to study abroad is the beginning of your journey. Make sure you are prepared for your journey to make it smooth and easy. We hope the things mentioned above to prepare before studying abroad in Sep 2022 will help you prepare for your new life and career-changing journey.

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