15 Study Abroad Tips You Can’t Miss

  • 5 months   ago
Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is an adventure that attracts the attention of many young and not so young people who seek to live new experiences, meet people and, at the same time, improve their level of English. If you are also the one who wants to study in another country, then this article would be helpful to you - it will show you 15 useful study abroad tips which will help you better adapt to your study abroad life.

Tip 1. Choose a Suitable Study Destination

You will spend 2-4 years in another country if you choose to study abroad, so it is important for you to choose a suitable study destination for yourself. This is not easy since you need to consider many factors, such as the learning environment, consumption level, job opportunities, etc. Except for that, you should think of the weather, climate, transportation of your study destination. 

Tip 2. Prepare in Time

Preparing and organizing to study abroad takes time and dedication. I recommend that you start preparing as soon as possible and thus avoid many setbacks. Of course, there are some preparations take you a lot of time, such as find a course, apply for a course, apply for student visa and so on. If you want to improve the efficiency, you’d better ask an agent or professional tool for help. Here, I would like to recommend CatEight to you. It is a one-stop course application tool on which you can find schools, courses, agents, apply for course and student visa without any hassle. For those who want to apply for a course, it is really helpful.

Tip 3. Make a Task List

I recommend that you create a document and write down in a list all the things that you have to do while studying abroad. This will help you stay on track and not get confused.

Tip 4. Find New Hobbies

Do new things and learn. Universities offer many activities for students, so if you have the opportunity I recommend that you sign up for all of them.

Tip 5. Beware of Notes

You always have to have an eye on the academic side. If you plan to study at a university in the United States like I did, you should take a good look at the syllabus. Knowing the course structure and exam dates well will save you a lot of trouble, trust me.

Tip 6. Learn to Save

It is important to know how to spend money wisely. Pay attention to how much money you spend and on what. Personally, I set a monthly spending limit, and tried to save money for trips.

Tip 7. Participate in a Sports Team and Other Activities

Being a part of a team has many advantages. It helps you learn and improve from others, as well as being able to create a very strong bond with your peers. 

Tip 8. Talk to The Teachers

Sometimes you learn more outside of classes than inside. I personally talked a lot with a teacher that I really liked, and this gave me the opportunity to learn. I recommend that if you have a teacher that you admire, go and talk to him/her. You will be amazed at what you can learn from him or her. It is a great way to find your first mentor.

Tip 9. Register for Classes Early

In some countries (such as the United States), if you take time and you are one of the last students to register, it is likely that you will not be able to register for the classes you want, as it is very possible that they are full. It is important that you register as soon as the registration period opens. So you can register for the classes you want, with the time that best suits you, and with the teachers you want.

Tip 10. Reserve Airline Tickets ASAP

Air tickets are not cheap, especially for us students. One way to save money is to get organized early and book tickets as soon as possible. I recommend that you buy the airline tickets as soon as you know the dates when you start and finish classes.

Tip 11. Prepare for The TOEFL and SAT Exams

It is very important that you start preparing the TOEFL and SAT exams in advance. This type of exam requires time and effort to be able to do it in the best possible way.

Tip 12. Don't Buy Many Furniture

The reason here is simple, to save money and hassle. Normally, once they finish their studies, students decide to go somewhere else, so if you buy a lot of furniture for your house or apartment, you will have to sell them to avoid losing money.

Tip 13. Cook your Own Food

Buying food at the supermarket and cooking it at home will help you save a lot of money, in addition to eating healthier. To give you an idea, a student who eats and dines away from home every day usually spends an average of more than a thousand dollars a month. On the other hand, a student who buys and cooks her food every day can spend approximately $ 400 a month. It is a lot of difference, right?

Tip 14. Choose the Form of Transport That Best Suits Your Situation

Depending on where you live, there are times when it is necessary to purchase your own vehicle, while on other occasions it is better to use public transport. In my case, when I studied in another country, I needed to buy a car, because I needed it to go to campus every day.

Tip 15. Check The Status of Your Visa

Having a visa in order is crucial to avoid future problems. Remember to keep an eye on the expiration date from time to time.

These have been my best tips for people who plan to study abroad. I hope you enjoy an incredible experience and make the most of the time you are studying abroad.