10 Things you should do before studying abroad

1. Make sure you have all necessary travel documents.

It goes without saying that a current passport will be required in order to enter a foreign country and to return home. However, many countries require a student visa. If your destination country requires a visa, be sure to apply well in advance of your expected departure. Confirm that the visa will cover your entire study abroad period.

 2. Make sure you carry your personal documents.

You might need your national identity card while abroad especially when dealing with the kenyan, the same for your birth cirtificate.

3. Make sure you’re aware of social customs.

It may be perfectly OK for men and women to be platonic friends in the U.S., but it might not be acceptable elsewhere. To avoid awkward situations, find out as much as you can about local customs before heading overseas. Remember to consider language barriers. Even though you might know the language of the country you are visiting, there are still chances for misunderstanding.

4. Dont forget your driving licence.

Most countries allow foreign students to drive so if you have your driving licence don’t forget to carry and if you don’t have consider doing classes before. This can be an advantage when looking for a job.

5. Decide what you want to see and do.

Going abroad to study can be more than just going to school in a different country. You will have the opportunity to tour famous sites, museums and recreation areas. Research what you want to see and do while you’re abroad. If you are not sure you have enough money, make a budget so you can save up to do what you want. There are a variety of travel guides available; some are geared specifically to students traveling abroad.

6. Find ways to finance your trip and studies.

Studying abroad can be expensive. Prior to committing to any program, estimate how much you will spend during your time abroad.

7. Know what to do in case of an emergency.

Prior to leaving on your trip, find out how to contact the police, the fire department and any other emergency service available in your host country. 

8. Write down emergency numbers.

It’s a good idea to have a list of emergency numbers available just in case you need it. Include the numbers of trusted local contacts, your parents, your school, the U.S. embassy and other organizations that can help you get out of a jam.

9. Talk to students who have studied abroad.

Talk to alumni of the study abroad program to get a sense of the successes and struggles of their experience. Talking to others who have completed the same program will give you a chance to ask specific questions and allay any fears you might have.

10. Know that you can’t plan for everything.

It’s a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to your departure, but there is no way to prepare for everything. Keep an open mind about your upcoming adventure. Any planning you do ahead of time will serve you well, but not knowing what will happen is part of the fun of travel.

10 Things you should do before studying abroad

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