Important things to remember while you travel abroad for studies

Rashi ...
Jan 17, 2023  . 6 min read
Its better to plan things in advance than regret later
Its better to plan things in advance than regret later

Foreign studies! sounds exciting right, with all the dreams you carry in your eyes and aspirations to reach heights you are all prepared to face what may come your way. But are you really prepared? One is never until the possibilities are visible. It is important to be well versed so that you know what can be expected to enjoy your stay as well as your studies on the foreign land. There are several basic things one must know beforehand to have a great experience. 

1. Research well about the country

The very first thing to do after accepting the university offer is to research well about the country you are visiting to study. Know well about their culture, weather and few other things to survive there. Learn the most basic phases of the regional language to communicate with the locals. 

You can also contact the university personnel for information about your studies and arrangements for your stay. 

Also stay well informed about the weather of the country as it will help you pack the right stuff for your stay.

2. Get your records right

It is a basic thing but many times students miss out on documents crucial for them to move abroad. You will be asked for your passport before you land in a country and even when you enter a new country. It is recommended to make digital and physical copies of your passport and visa and also check in with your advisor to know exactly what is needed. Make sure your passport doesn't expire within six months of your return to the country.

3. Backpacking 

Pack your bags cautiously. Research about the country’s weather, and carry your clothes accordingly. Some countries experience completely different winters from India, so pack a lot of warm and waterproof outfits for winters. 

Carry electric adapters as the shape of electric chargers differ between continents and it is one of the essential things you would need. 

Get yourself a good, comfortable walking shoes that can be worn anywhere, anytime. Your legs will surely thank you for this gift when you explore the city by foot. 

4. On Arrival 

After reaching your destination the first thing to do is to register to the internal affairs department within 24 to 48 hours. This registration will legalize your stay in that country and might also help you find a temporary stay. It is a mandatory step for most of the countries and each country has its own set of rules and policies. 

The next important step is to register yourself with the local Indian Embassy. This is of great value as they will help you find people you can talk to in the Indian language, and might also help you solve any problems you face in the country of your stay.

5. Manage your financing

Plan your finances to avoid any shortage of money.
Plan your finances to avoid any shortage of money.

One of the biggest frustrations after landing in a foreign country is the encounter with banks. Make sure to inform your bank in advance about your arrival. This will reduce the ‘opps’ moment when your card gets declined. 

Many students prefer carrying a debit card in lieu of cash. They withdraw cash as and when needed. This avoids the problem of currency exchange and also helps avoid long queues at the bank. 

6. Accommodation

Always plan your stay in advance to avoid confusion after arrival. Contact your university regarding their accommodation facilities.  You can also register with to get an international student identity card and avail discounts on accommodations and other essentials.

7. Plane Ticket

The elders of the family would always tell you to get your work done soon. Well they are right atleast in this case. Not just booking your flight tickets early would give you peace of mind, but will also save you a few extra pounds. The cost of traveling through flights is typically low when booked three months prior, hence being the ideal time to book tickets. This would also give you a choice to select a seat of your choice. 

8. Stay Connected

Homesickness can kick in within a few days of living abroad. It is important to be in touch with your close ones.
Homesickness can kick in within a few days of living abroad. It is important to be in touch with your close ones.

Living far away from family and friends might make you homesick in a few days. The best way is to stay connected with your people back in India. You might wonder about your phone and sim working in foreign land.

You will have to purchase a new sim card with an appropriate plan to connect back to India but your electronic devices won't need any alterations. 

You can use Skype or Viber from your laptop or computer to video call your close ones for free of cost. Other social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram are also of great use.

Bonus Tips :

1. Carry a few important books from India if you can't study online. Books and stationery are comparatively expensive in foreign land. 

2. There is something called “blue-collar jobs” that offer students an opportunity to work part-time and help them earn extra money for expenses and entertainment.

3. Use public transport like buses, trams, and trains to travel. Renting a taxi can be quite expensive.

4. Prepare yourself both physically and mentally for unforeseen circumstances. You are in a new country trying out new adventures on a new journey. 

5. Make sure your valuables like laptops, smartphones, passports, money, and jewelry are well secured, and away from theft. Avoid wearing flashy things that grab attention towards your economic status.

Do check out things you can do while you study abroad to give a brief visual of how your life could look while you are studying. We at Creditap, hope you experience the best of your life abroad.