14 Apr 2021 18:53 IST

A guide to plan your study abroad

Knowing the culture, cuisine, and networking opportunities well in advance can help with faster adjustment

Planning for studying abroad is an exciting time for a student as it offers a new education system, communication ways, and study skills. But, have you ever thought about the nitty-gritty, which play an important role when you decide on studying abroad? For any student, first year is crucial to get adjusted with the cultural and academic differences.

Here are some preparation tips to learn about study skills, culture, networking practices, and day-to-day life management strategies to help with faster adjustment and ensure success at your new institution.

Speak to experts

Sometimes career stress leads to anxiety, so finding the right career is fulfilling and even considered to be important to a student’s mental well-being. When choosing the fitting career or finding a new job proves unsatisfying or frustrating, the services of a career counsellor may be helpful as they can guide you further. It can make sure you are well-equipped with all material and extensive information regarding your dream course.

Decide on your destination

This should be your first step and it should depend on 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 relationship with that particular country and then start looking out for 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.

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 a basic fundamental need.

Right study programme

This is one of the most important steps. Select a programme which you think is best for you. This demands a lot of research. Take the help of career counsellor if you’re facing difficulty in deciding the right career path for you. Once you have figured that, get yourself enrolled. In the meantime, ask around to see if you know anyone who completed the programme you are thinking of to know how it was.

You have to let the college authorities know the test score of your chosen programme. Start arranging the documents needed for applying for visa. Keep in mind that every country has a different visa procedure. Make sure you have a current passport. Ask your college to mail you an official admission document, which you might be needed during 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. Arrive and plan things to do in the 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. Look for a gym, coffee shop, or any other places of interest in your neighbourhood in prior to keep you occupied.

Local culture

Understanding the local culture will help you get adjusted to the new environment in a quicker, seamless manner. It will also boost your confidence levels. If possible, get acquainted with the local language and improve your skills by watching movies or checking out some online language learning sessions. Read about the culture, art, and history of the place, too. Be aware of the style of local cuisine.

(The writer is Founder and Director, Tritya Group of Institutions.)