When you decide to study abroad there are many things you need to do. For instance, choose a school, apply for a visa, etc. Because you have so many things to do before you go abroad, it is common to make some mistakes. Study abroad is an exciting experience and one you will always remember, so don’t let the mistakes take away your life changing experience. Here is a list of study abroad mistakes that you should avoid, making your experience more enjoyable.
One of the top mistake students make when they are planning to study abroad is to overpack. It is understandable that if you are going to another country, especially one that has a climate comparatively different to your own, you end up overpacking. And yes, you should ensure you pack according to the country you are going, but that doesn’t mean to pack everything you own. Keep in mind that most things can be found anywhere.
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2. Not booking accommodation beforehand
Another mistake some students make is to not book their accommodation beforehand. Housing is an important part of a study abroad experience. Most schools even require the student to have their housing selected and booked before the school issues the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” Therefore, if you are planning on studying abroad, do your research and book your student accommodation before you arrive at your destination because contrary to what many believe it is not easier or cheaper to look for an accommodation on your own in another country, especially last minute.
3. Not having an insurance plan
An insurance plan is usually a mandatory requirement from most schools, but some schools not only do not require, they also do not notify students of the need for one. This omission means that some students will end up not arranging for any insurance plan, meaning emergency needs may not be met.
Study abroad is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful, and you do not want to add more to it. Of course, no one wants or plans on getting sick, but things happen. If the need for a doctor arises while studying abroad, without insurance, you may incur unexpected expenses. If you are planning on studying in the United States where healthcare is one of the most expensive in the world, plan ahead.
Do your research and purchase the health insurance that best fits your health needs and your pocket!
4. Not making a budget
Another important thing to think about before you study abroad is your budget. Consider doing research on the cost of things of your destination country. For example, cost for transportation, food, toiletries, clothes, etc. A great idea is to make a weekly expensive budget so that you can have a better control on your expenses. In addition to the money you need for school materials, transportation and food, bring extra money for executions, sightseeing’s, gifts, etc.
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