You are going to study abroad, right? I guess you are excited? If not, stop right now and think “why” you are going to study abroad. You HAVE TO be excited, if you are not, then it means your motivation is not high enough.
Excitement is an important part – it gives you the power to overcome the obstacles, which might occur while living and studying abroad. Also it gives you the “tick” to go forward and explore new things, like small children, who have not learnt yet, what the fear is, do.
What are the important parts of being an international student? Preparation and not forgetting to study. Well, preparation might be even the most important one and you need to start it early.
Thus, if you have an idea to study abroad, plan well ahead:
- decide on country;
- decide on course, its content – check with the students, who have already been there;
- where you would like to live – in dormitory, or in an apartment; with other students or alone?
- what is your budget? Be prepared! Calculate at least 5% extra, because even if you plan everything carefully, there are always some “extras” which you cannot imagine, even if you are not planning to go out.
- if you are an exchange student – check whether your university will recognise the courses taken abroad.
- plan well in advance – usually 1 year in advance or even more.
During your stay:
- be open to new experience;
- study (yes, I know, this might sound boring, but most likely you will have to pass some exams/tests to proof to your home university that you actually have studied and get academic credits, as otherwise you might have to repeat the year and this means finishing your degree one year later and spending some (or a lot) extra money), so remember to study 😉
- meet new people, make connections, create new friendships – this probably is the most valuable point from all your abroad experience, which you can facilitate (the experience of life abroad and challenges you overcome will definitely make your life richer, but they will happen anyway.
- have fun, but do not forget your head 😉
- enjoy the country and visit surroundings – most likely after you start working you won’t be able to have so much free time to enjoy travelling, so use the opportunity!
So have you decided on where you are going? Or may be you have already studied abroad? Then remember your exciting experience and share this article with someone who could benefit from it: your little sister/brother or may be your daughter/son, who would like to study abroad? Sharing is caring 😉