With overseas education becoming popular, every year thousands of students migrate around the world to pursue some or the other educational course that would give them global exposure. Studying abroad is extremely exciting. Everything is new and interesting. But at the same time, it has its own set of challenges. Rather than the educational hurdles, settling down in a completely new environment is the biggest challenge you face. We’ve mentioned few of the most significant do’s and don’ts when you’re studying abroad to assist you with this.
Following are the things you should make sure to do while you’re abroad:
Get acquainted with the host country:
Keep yourself updated with the news and happenings. Explore your surroundings and do a moderate amount of research before that. Take a walk around your residence and find out the grocery store, pharmacist, laundry, post office/courier centres, etc. This will be helpful for running daily errands and in case of any emergency.Be open to new experiences, new ways of doing things, new rules and regulations and lots of new information. Don’t hesitate in making notes of things you might tend to forget.Try to be a part of your new environment and get involved with the locals.Be prepared to live on the staple food of the host country.Blend into the environment and try something different.Meet people and make new friends.
Keep your schedule tight:
Plan your schedule wisely. Divide your time between life, work and studies.While you’re in this new country, try making the most out of it. Go out with your peers, befriend the local students, learn their culture, their language.Keep an eye on the job market and the upcoming opportunities. Meanwhile do not compromise on your studies or neglect your schoolwork. Write down your experiences, so that you can cherish them forever.
Budget your finances:
When you’re overseas, taking care of your finances becomes really crucial. Since everything is new, there’s so much to understand and discover and all that comes at a price. To make our experience free of trouble, it becomes very simple to splurge. Make sure you include factors like monthly rent, utility bills, grocery, transportation, data charges, recreation, study material and travel in it. Saving a certain amount every month for unexpected circumstances or emergencies is a wise idea.
Lastly, do get excited!
You’re studying in a new country. You might not get that chance again. So, if you keep an open mind, you might meet incredible people, taste some delectable food and have your perspective on the world radically changed, which wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t in a different country.
Following are the things you should refrain from doing to have an easy time abroad-
Don’t let the homesickness affect you:
Don’t spend too much time talking with your friends and family back home over phone and Skype. You will start missing them and might not feel like adapting to the new environment. Speak to new people, try making friends with them.
Avoid overdoing anything:
While you’re trying to blend in the new environment, don’t befriend just anyone.Keep a decent distance until you get familiar with the person. Avoid resorting to too much self – indulgence. Remember, you’re on a budget and are in a new country for studies. Don’t let the new experiences take the focus away from you.
Don’t forget about important documents:
Keep track of all your documents. Your educational documents, visa papers, passport, financial documents, travel documents should be kept safely in one place. It is also a good idea to have copies of them in the event that your original documents get lost or stolen.
Lastly, don’t assume everyone’s experiences will be the same:
If a friend or a relative of yours talks about his/her negative experience about a new country, you might want to reconsider your decision then. Instead of jumping to any conclusions, try to understand what were the reasons behind his/her experience. Remember that everyone is different and your experience will be unique to you.