Preparing to study abroad can be a complicated process. If the application process wasn’t stressful enough for you, now you’ll find that it’s just the beginning. After submitting your application, you still have a lot of things to sort out before you can pack your bags and go. These may be things that you accidentally overlooked because you were in a hurry to get to your dream place.

When I was accepted to American University, I was overjoyed and happy that my hard work had paid off. This will be my year abroad in the International Relations program at the University of Exeter. However, after receiving my acceptance letter, the work to be done turned out to be no easier than before. I guarantee there will be a lot to arrange, even if you already have a place in a classroom in the United States.

I think you should prepare everything as soon as you receive your invitation letter. The process will likely take longer than you expect, and the delay before you arrive will be extremely stressful. My advice is to find a piece of paper large enough to hold all of your plans for the coming year. When you have everything in one place, you will feel very relaxed if you schedule early.

Finances

This is a huge concern from the moment you apply to your program to the moment you receive your acceptance letter. First of all, can you afford to spend that time abroad by yourself? If you’re not sure, are there loans you can apply for? A year abroad is not cheap, especially if you go to a country like the United States. There are all sorts of costs you have to consider, airfare to get there and back, travel during your vacation, insurance, visa fees, housing, lodging, etc. You should list all the expenses you may have to pay for a year abroad and make sure you have enough money to cover all your needs. In addition, you must determine how you will be financially supported while you are in school and how much more you will need to spend for travel and experiences once you get there. If you know this information from the beginning, you won’t be surprised when you start paying for these expenses, and you may even feel very lucky that it was all planned out in advance.

Types of application forms

Once you’ve been allowed to study abroad for a year, you run the risk of getting “rained out” with applications. Click on the documents to get the forms from your home university to the school over there. Remember to check your email to determine what information you have to provide and fill out the form completely. Communication between the two schools you are attending can be quite time-consuming, and often differences in how the system works can delay your work. Therefore, you should deduct time and complete these as early as possible to avoid being late.

Visas (Visa)

Do you need a visa for that academic year? If you are going to a country outside of Europe, you may need to apply for a visa to enter that country. Usually, your school, or another school, will provide detailed instructions about the visa process, the type of visa you need to apply for, and provide the relevant forms. However, you yourself will have to make an appointment and interview with the embassy to apply for a visa. Again, I would advise you to spend a lot of time on this as embassies are usually very busy and sometimes you will have to wait a while for an appointment. Also, you should know that the embassy will collect your original passport for at least a week before issuing the visa. If you are planning to go somewhere during the visa application period, then you should reconsider.

Insurance

You may need insurance for the 12 months you will be abroad, such as travel and health insurance, which will cover the costs associated with the country you are going to. If you are going to the USA, you should remember that in the USA the requirements are very strict and insurance is certainly not cheap at all. You should add the cost of this insurance to your list of expenses. Universities like mine in the US have a health insurance program that students must enroll in unless they can prove they have equivalent coverage for medical expenses. Signing up for health insurance is also easy and quick, and the university where you are studying in your home country or another country will be fully committed to guiding and helping you.

Accommodation

Don’t forget to find a place to live for the upcoming year abroad. Some universities have student housing on campus, but sometimes you have to find your own room. Like me, I was quite worried at first when I found out that the school I was going to did not have a dormitory for international students and I had to find my own apartment. But luckily, the school only gave me a Facebook group for students who wanted to find a house and find a roommate. From there, I could easily contact students who were looking for roommates to arrange my accommodation. However, the house hunting period was really stressful for me, and next time I won’t be as “jumpy” as I used to be. You should make it a priority to find a place to live that is easy to arrange for the upcoming school year.

Go

This is obvious, but in the “chaos” of so many things, sometimes you overlook this seemingly simple thing. How will you get to another school? You may have to fly, so be sure to book early to get a good price. Also, do you need to book your tickets in advance to go home to visit family for the holidays? Planning early will make you feel more comfortable and save you money, so once you’ve decided on a destination, you should choose a departure date and book your tickets.

Health Check

A significant number of universities require you to provide medical records in order to enter the school’s system as a basis for issuing health insurance. You must make sure your medical exam results are clear and well prepared to submit them when requested by the school. Like me, this is so hard. I left my medical clearance at my parents’ house, so my parents had to return it to my university address. Luckily, because there was no rush, everything went smoothly. But maybe things wouldn’t have gone so smoothly if I hadn’t found my papers until the last minute.

Store what you didn’t bring with you

When you go abroad for a year, you can’t have everything with you, especially if you are traveling by plane. Therefore, you need to keep everything you don’t bring with you somewhere so it’s easy to find when you need it. If you’re lucky, your parents can come to your room and bring it home to help, but sometimes not so much. If you can’t get your parents to help you, you can find a storage service or ask a friend if they can hold your stuff for you over the year. There are many companies that offer this service, and while it’s not cheap, it may be your only option.

Relationships

 

This may seem a little off topic from the above, but it’s something that’s on my mind and an important issue that I have to deal with before I hit the road. Are you in love with someone? If so, do you want to continue a long distance relationship or do you want to break up? My boyfriend and I spent a long time avoiding this question every time we talked, but it only added to the stress and anxiety for both of us because no one really knew what the other was doing. Not even thinking about it. He and I finally talked about our concerns and then realized we both wanted the same thing and decided to continue to get to know each other and try to be together as much as possible… A year is obviously a long time for a relationship, so I think you should be open and honest about what the other person wants. Don’t hide, bro.

When you arrive

Finally, when everything is sorted, you can relax a little. Continue to find out how you’ll get from the airport to your new place and how you’ll pay for meals and other expenses while you wait for your bank account to open. Can you open a bank account first and then need to sign a new phone contract when you get to the other side? When you get this far, you’re almost done. These are the last things you must do before you set foot on new ground and have a great time on the other side.

“What do I need to prepare when studying abroad?” This is quite a headache for those who are preparing to study abroad. Studying abroad is an exciting adventure full of unforgettable moments. But before you master the language and settle into the memory-filled lifestyle of the region, there is a whole lot of careful preparation that goes beyond getting your passport and suitcase.

1. Be financially literate

Before you do anything else, make sure you have enough money to cover the trip – including how much it will cost you while you’re abroad. Experience has shown that you always spend more money than you plan to. It’s a good idea to have some cash in small denominations, along with a credit card for larger expenses and longer trips. More prudently, you should tell your credit card company where you’re going and how long you’re staying – that way they won’t block your card while you’re shopping.

2. Arrange airport transfers

If you want to be more comfortable, have your study abroad advisor arrange for a pickup from the airport to your residence or school. If you prefer a private pickup or to take public transportation, make sure you research different options ahead of time as this will save you a lot of time and effort, especially after a long flight. Once you have everything sorted out at your destination, remember that you will need the same transfer to the airport before you fly back.

3. Purchase enough necessary insurance

A study abroad advisor will be the ideal person to talk to about your study abroad insurance because of their knowledge and experience. Don’t take insurance lightly, as study abroad insurance is much more important than you might think. If you are unfortunate enough to get sick or have an accident or incident, study abroad insurance will help you a lot in financial matters! (You already know how expensive study abroad insurance can be. (You already know how expensive it is to be hospitalized abroad).

You can also contact your health insurance provider to see if there is a special offer while you are abroad.

4. Back up important documents

This is a very important step in preparing to study abroad. You should have soft and hard copies of all your important documents – passport, insurance, credit card company information – and keep them in different places. It is best to leave one copy at home or send it to a friend, and keep one soft copy and one hard copy. The soft copy should be in a secure but easily accessible place, such as your email inbox or a cloud server.

5. Research accommodations while studying abroad

Knowing where you are going and what you can do is perhaps the most important part of preparing for your trip. You can buy a travel guide or just Google it from a distance to see what the other side has to offer. I know things will be a little different when you arrive in person, but getting an overview ahead of time will help you plan more wisely and make the most of your time abroad. Don’t forget to read up on any customs regulations, local customs and traditions that will help you feel like a local and not waste time.

6. Packing (done!) .

First, check the weight and size regulations of the airline you will be flying on. Then, read our blog post on how to organize your clothes, carry the essentials, and the power adapter for your computer at …… You should put some clothes in your handbag in case your luggage is late. If you are staying in one place for more than a few days, buy toiletries at your destination and bring only small boxes of body wash for your first shower after you land. Once everything is packed, make sure you give each one a name tag.

7. Learn a few words of the local language

Since you’re reading on our blog, it means you plan to learn a language while abroad. But why not do some preparation in advance? Traveling will be easier if you get used to the sounds of the new language and even know a few sentences in the local language. (A long flight is a great opportunity to learn some basic vocabulary).

8. Keep any necessary prescriptions

If you regularly take prescription medication or use contact lenses, make sure you have enough luggage for the entire trip, otherwise make sure your medication is available overseas. (Check with your insurance company for the terms of your insurance).

9. Record important numbers

In the age of cell phones, it’s hard to remember any phone numbers – or passwords. If you are going abroad, you may have to buy a new cell phone or log onto a school computer. Be sure to remember or write down important phone numbers and passwords (or password hints) so you can recall and log in without getting into an awkward situation.

10. Plan your cell phone use

Depending on how long you will be staying abroad, you should purchase a SIM card at your destination. Before you leave, check with your cell phone carrier for roaming charges and data plans so you won’t have a high phone bill when you return. You can grab Wi-Fi (free) in many places – such as school, your home, or even public places – that you can access when you’re not near a hotspot.

11. Say hello to your host family

If you are choosing a host family (to live with) or roommates and you have their contact information, introduce yourself to them first. They are probably as curious about you as you are about them, so saying hello will be a nice gesture. Everyone loves a gift, so why not give them a little souvenir from your hometown for some extra perks and they’ll be the perfect icebreaker, won’t they?

12. Get pumped up

There are a lot of things to think about and do before you study abroad, especially if it’s your first trip. No matter how many times you open and close your suitcase, get pumped up for the unforgettable adventure you’re about to embark on – as if a happy dance is just around the corner!