Planning for studying abroad is an exciting time for a student as he/she is going to be in completely different setting that offers a new education system, communication ways and study skills. But, have you ever thought about the nitty-gritty things, which actually play a very important role when you decide on studying abroad? For any student, first year is crucial to get adjusted with the cultural and academic differences.
We have listed out these preparation tips to learn about study skills, culture, networking practices, and day-to-day life management strategies to help with faster adjustment and success at your new institution.
Speak to experts regarding career counseling
Sometimes career stress leads to anxiety, so finding a right career is fulfilling is considered to be important to mental well-being. When choosing the most fitting career or finding a new job when one proves unsatisfying or frustrating, the services of a career counselor may be helpful as the person will guide you in your further steps. They make you well-equipped with all material and extensive information regarding your dream course.
Decide on your destination first
This should be your first step and it should completely depend upon your interests, budget, likes and dislikes. When you have zeroed in on the destination make sure it fits your budget, availability of flights, visa procedure and India’s relation with that particular country and then start looking for the colleges. In order to feel connected to your future college, you can join Facebook groups and other social media pages of the college. You can make new friends and stay updated about the events.
Assistance for English proficiency Test
English is one of the must-have skills for everyone around the world. From the perspective of career, business, or travel, English is the basic fundamental need.
Choose the right study program
This is one of the most important steps. Select the program which you think is best for you. This demands a lot of research. Take the help of career counselor if you’re facing any difficulty in deciding on the right career path for you. Once you have figured out the program you want to get yourself enrolled at then ask around to see if you know anyone who did the program you were thinking of, and ask how it was.
Get the test before last date of application
You have to let the college authorities know the test score of your chosen program as it will be instructed in the college website. Then start arranging the documents needs for applying including applying for the visa. Keep in mind that every country has a different visa procedure. Make sure you have a current passport. Ask you college to mail you official admission document, which you might be needed during your visa interviews.
Plan your first few weeks in advance
It’s always best to reach the destination few weeks earlier so that you get to know the place well before your hectic schedule begins. You first arrive and plan things to do in your first three weeks. Look at the college’s event calendar (which you will get online) and add those you want to attend to your personal calendar. Try to make the place like your own country by looking for a gym, coffee shop, or place of interest and make a time to go there.
Learn about the local culture
This will help you to get adjusted with the new ambience in a much quick and seamless manner. It will also boost your confidence level. If possible get acquainted with the local language skill by watching movie or checking out some online language learning session. Read about the culture, art and history of the place to have a better understanding. Knowing about the cuisine is also essential.
By Captain Amardeep, Founder & Director, Tritya Group of Institutions