7 Questions Every 1st Time Study Abroad Student Has
Are you excited about your study abroad journey?
While you have every reason to be excited about your upcoming time abroad, you must be having few questions to which you’re seeking answers. To help you embark successfully on your study abroad journey, ‘My Study Destination’ team has compiled a list of most common questions study abroad aspirants have.
Scroll down to read our study abroad Q&A guide:
What do I need to pack?
This might vary from one study destination to another and even depends on the length of your stay. Your safest bet is to check the weather at your study destination. It is always helpful to pack clothes that can be layered. A pair of sneakers is must to carry. Generally, there is no need to over pack. You can leave a room for a shopping at your study destination. Every student, somehow, has a tendency to shop at study destination depending on the fashion that is followed there. Not to forget, you would need your chargers and adapters at the study destination. There is no need to panic though as you can buy almost everything at your study destination.
What type of luggage comes handy?
Our only recommendation always is going to be the suitcases with four wheels. They will make it convenient for you to lug around. A smaller bag and a backpack are a necessity for students going to study abroad. They are required for weekend trips or even day excursions at your study destination. You must keep all your essential things in the carry bag as checked-in bag might not make it to your study destination at the same time as you.
What are the special tips for students traveling alone for the first time?
It is obvious for students traveling alone for the first time to feel nervous and get jitters but there is nothing much to worry about. There are certain tips you can follow in order to ensure the smooth flow of things. You must plan to reach early at the airport (minimum 2-3 hours before) to allow sufficient time for luggage and security check and arrival at the gates. Also, arranging for the airport transfer in advance can help you significantly reduce your anxiety. To be extra safe, you can opt for university transfer service. It might cost you extra bucks but your transfer will be hassle free.
Is it a good idea to carry a present for your host family or roommates?
A small present can really help you break the ice with your roommates or host family. It shows that you’re thoughtful, caring and good at heart.
Besides packing and arranging for airport transfer, what are the other preparations needed?
As soon as you get your enrollment letter, you should start networking with fellow students. Make connections on different social media platforms and start interacting with them. This will really help you when you arrive at your study destination. Taking courses that are recommended (language or any other) or the ones you feel can help you in improving your performance is always an excellent idea. Read study abroad blogs online to know more about your study destination and its culture.
How much money should I carry?
There is no definite answer to this question. It depends a lot on your accommodation, meal plans and what all you plan to shop. It is, however, recommended to carry minimum cash (for starting few days only). In fact, you should carry a credit card or a travel cash card for later use.
Is it necessary to carry a Credit card?
It is not. But it is certainly recommended, especially, if your study destination is U.S. If you or your parents don’t find it safe/ practical for you to carry a credit card, you can instead carry a prepaid card. But a card through which you can make payments is quite important. You’ll need one at the time of hiring a cab and at many more places that have gone completely cashless.
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