So you have been accepted to a great study abroad program and now you are about to start to prepare for this adventure. Studying abroad can be a fun and fulfilling experience which any student should have during their student years. It is a great opportunity for self-development which helps you broaden your horizons by getting in touch with new cultures, customs, societies, and by exploring new places. The international context in which you are going to live and study from now on will create the best environment for you to create career opportunities, amazing memories and friendships, and to get a better understanding of your personal values.
If you wish to get the best out of this experience and feel all its advantages, you need to make sure that you properly prepare for it.
Prepare to get out of your comfort zone
Studying in a different country is going to be like a whole journey of ups and downs. You are going to live fun and entertaining moments but also more difficult ones that will make you test your limits. This experience will require you to embrace the unknown and the newness and learn from each challenge and experience. You definitely have to get out of your comfort zone and take each moment of your journey as a unique lesson.
Pack your stuff
Packing your things is probably going to take a lot of planning ahead. When moving to a new country, packing a few clothes and essentials is certainly not going to be enough. You need to have the right documentation such as passport and visa. If you already have a passport, make sure that it is not expired because the process to get a new one will take a few weeks. Also, in addition to a passport, you may need a visa to study abroad. Different countries have different visa requirements so look up your intended study abroad destination’s regulations. Visa requirements can take several months to process, so it is better to get an invitation letter for visa. Attach the invitation letter to the rest of your documents and you will have no issues to enter the country. Also, when you are packing, consider that most of the things that you are going to need, you can also buy from your destination. Therefore, there is no need for overpacking. It is wise to check the climate and weather conditions so that you pack appropriate shoes and clothes.
Learn about the destination
Before departing, it is wise to do some research before about the people and their culture, and about any regulations that may differ from your home country. Knowing what to expect once you get there will help you be better prepared for any situation. You will avoid doing something that may be socially unacceptable or a crime in that region. As you will be living and functioning within a different culture, it is important to keep in mind the local cultural norms.
Traveling, by nature, entails some chaos that may be avoided if you prepare well before departing.