What You Must Do If Studying Abroad
Studying in a different country is no doubt one of the most adventurous things that you will do in this lifetime. In this time span, sure you will study but there are some things you definitely must do in order to enhance your learnings and experience more exposure and above all much more fun. Read the following article to get to know the things that as a student you must do besides studying of course!
Once you have decided to study abroad and chosen your course and destination, there are some things that will add to your experience. You may read about a lot of do’s and don’ts everywhere on the internet, but here are thirteen things if you keep in mind during your span of course, then you are sure to have an unforgettable time during your course.
So if you are one of those who like to make memories out of every opportunity in life then it is time to take this study abroad opportunity and turn it into your lifetime memories.
Here they go:
#1: Make Friends! Local FriendsAny university that you seek admission into will have a number of local students studying the same course as yours. It is human nature to get close to people who are from the same land as yours or else are expat students like you are. There is no wrong in being friends with them; but in order to know more about the place and get local assistance on a number of things, you should be friendly with the locals.
Not only will they help you with good renting places and local stores but also will be awesome guides for your trips in and around the city.
#2: Make a BudgetStudying abroad does not cost you a penny. In fact it costs you loads and loads of pennies. So it is mandatory to fix a budget and adhere to it. Make weekly budgets that include your transportation, books and food expenses. In the end who does not want to spend on a night club?
Not only this, keep a budget for excursions, shopping and gifts that you will have to take back home. So start saving from day one.
#3: Learn the local LanguageYou will need to spend some good time in the country and you think you will be able to manage without getting a hang of the local language of the city? It may be possible but in order to make your life easier, get to know the common words. Remember your friends from the same country can also help you with this.
Take the language class if possible to master the skills of the language. Not only will it help you to spend your time with ease, but also will add to your CV.
#4: Rent a Room with a Host FamilyTo add another dimension to your course live with a local family. You would actually get to know a lot about the country. You would be privileged to taste the local delights without spending a lot of money. Being with someone from your own country or land is fun; but the exposure and experience that you will gain living with a local is completely different.
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#5: Plan your visits to the Nature’s BeautySure you will be learning the local language and gaining a lot of learnings, but do not forget to add the list of natural wonders in the vicinity. Involve yourself with places near to nature. This is something that you will not be able to find back home. So take as much as you can.
#6: Get the hang of local transport servicesA few days cab is ok, but if you find a place where you will have to travel daily, find out the transportation services that the locals use for commuting. It can be a bus route or a subway; just take time to understand which the best possible route is for you.
#7: Do not ignore the local rulesYou may be from a place where the rules may not matter that much, but do not make the mistake of ignoring the rules and regulations of the country you wish to study in. It is important that you have your passport all the time with you in case there is a need to show one. Just because you are not from here will not spare you if by any means you are challenging their local norms; you can get into serious trouble.
#8: Make a JournalMake sure that you have a journal especially a travel journal so that each time you plan a weekend outside the country, you get each and every detail of the trip. Documenting your experience is important as this is what creates memories for you. Remember this time that you are going to spend here will not come back. If you plan to relive any of these moments, make a journal.
#9: Enjoy the FestivalsIn order to create an atmosphere where you can enjoy festivals living away from your homeland is by enjoying festivals of the state itself. Not only will you find a new experience but you will also learn a lot about the traditions and culture of the country/state or city you are living in.
#10: Cook IndependentlyIt may sound difficult but you should learn to cook independently when living away. You will discover what an amazing cook you are. You may learn some recipes that you can take back home and create an impression.
#11: Do not take advantage of the FreedomSome of you may sway away when living away from home and get yourself into a lot of partying. Do not lose your focus and concentrate on the course that you have come for. Although, partying sometimes is no offence. It can however sometimes be required to refresh your mind.
#12: Get Educated with Technology that keeps you connected with Your FamilyStaying away is necessary for your own growth and development. But as important it is to keep in pace with your career, it is of same importance to be in touch with your family miles away. Advance yourself with the latest technology so that you can easily keep in touch with them.
#13: Lastly, Attend ClassesYes, it is most important to attend your classes. There will definitely be policies that will require you attend a minimum number of classes in order to qualify for the completion of course. Plus, the multicultural scenario in the classroom will be one of the good parts of your international experience.
Get an enhanced experience and add a lot to your bucket other than just the degree.
Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics that interest a reader. She writes keeping in mind the current scenarios and wishes to keep her readers well informed.