I think mostly people want to go abroad. Especially fo youth, it’s like a high achievement if they can go abroad without payment, or FREE. Yeah, so how we can get this chance ?
So many about scholarship or sponsorship information can get in internet. But you must prepare yourself to be ready go abroad. What should you pack for study abroad? Do you need travel insurance? How should you handle money and phones while abroad?
Not to worry, we have found answers for — these questions before. Read on for our best tips on how to prepare for studying abroad.
- Apply for a Passport and Visa
All students need to obtain one or more government issued travel documents in order to study abroad. Please note this is not legal, immigration advice. Your Passport will be the MOST IMPORTANT document of identity that you have while traveling abroad. If you do not yet have a passport and you have been accepted to study abroad you need to apply immediately. If your passport will expire within 6 months of the end of your study abroad program you need to renew your passport immediately.
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 on the State Department’s website.
You can also contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you plan on going to in order to receive information about visa requirements and any special travel restrictions. Similar to passports, visa applications can take several months to process so don’t delay in applying!
If your study abroad trip is during the summer, or under three-months long, you may not need a visa. Most countries will allow students to enter the country for up to 90 days on a tourist visa. However, this isn’t true of all countries so definitely make sure you check and double check what kind of visa (if any) you’ll need.
- Find scholarships
If you search for study abroad scholarships in your school’s study abroad office, chances are you’ll find plenty of options with little competition. In my experience, our school didn’t advertise study abroad-related scholarships so by being proactive, I was awarded a significant amount of money for additional aid to use during my time abroad. The same could be true for you.
- Learn about the countries that you plan to visit
Before departing, take the time to do some research about the people and their culture, and any problems that the country is experiencing that may affect your travel plans. The Department of State publishes Background Notes on about 170 countries. These brief, factual pamphlets contain information on each country’s culture, history, geography, economy, government, and current political situation.
- Tell your bank and credit card companies you’ll be abroad
It’s no secret. Credit cards make great travel companions. They are convenient, easy to pack and more secure than cash. Many credit cards offer travel rewards and other perks to make your vacation cheaper and more enjoyable. But before you hit the road, there are a few tips keep in mind to ensure you a have a smooth trip.
If you’re traveling abroad, you should call your credit card company a few days before your trip to notify them of your travel plans. Failure to alert your issuer can result in a hold on your account due to suspected fraud, leaving you in a bind when you need your card the most. Let your issuer know exactly where you plan to travel and how long you will be staying.
There are a few steps to take in regards to finances before heading off:
- Set up an online account
If you don’t already have an online bank account, definitely set it up. It’s the easiest way to manage your money while abroad. Most international travelers use their ATM/debit or credit cards to get cash in the local currency.
- Pack some extra cash
For those first few days, I recommend carrying between the equivalence of $100-$200 in the currency of your host country. Those days may be busy, but finding an ATM or bank should be relatively easy. If you are unable to obtain the currency at home, the airport is a great option to withdraw cash at an ATM right as you arrive.
- Visit a Travel Doctor
It is important that you visit a travel medicine specialist or a doctor familiar with travel medicine to answer your questions and make specific recommendations for you. The best time to see the doctor is at least 4-6 weeks before your trip.
Also, if you have a critical medical condition that requires prescription drugs you may want to bring enough with you to last your entire time abroad (if possible). Prescriptions drugs must be carried in correctly labeled containers to prevent being mistaken for illegal drugs.
- Read the Consular Information Sheet
Consular Information Sheets provide up-to-date travel information on any country in the world that you plan to visit. They cover topics such as entry regulations, the crime and security situation, drug penalties, road conditions, and the location of the country’s embassy, consulates, and consular agencies.
- Get Travel Insurance
Having the right level of travel insurance cover is critical when travelling. If you fall ill or have an accident while overseas, travel insurance can ensure that you get the best quality of care and you can be moved, either back home or to a better medical facility, if needed. It’s no secret that when you travel, there is much that’s out of your control. Flights can be delayed or you might need to return home if an emergency occurs.
Without travel insurance, disruptions to your trip can end up costing you a fortune. In many cases, you lose the money you’ve already paid, and have to pay for new bookings too.
Many travel insurance packages will cover you for incidents that are out of your control, so that you don’t have to spend your own money if something goes wrong.
- Refresh Your Language Skills
Even knowing the most basic of phrases in the local language can make a world of difference in overcoming those first few days of adjustment. Enroll in classes, ask fluent friends for help, or download apps, like Duolingo, and podcasts to use on your daily commute to school — every little bit helps!
- Prepare Yourself Mentally
While goodbye’s can be tough, they’re a necessary part of this journey. And just think of all the excitement you have yet to come! Expect the unexpected! While studying abroad you will definitely encounter people with different concepts of time and personal space. Be ready to learn and observe these differences without being judgmental. It will be these very same differences that will undoubtedly enrich your understanding of your own culture.
Let’s prepare start from now! Let’s go around the world!