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10 things for international students in 2016

10 Things International Students Must Do In 2016

February 12, 2016

We think it’s a great idea for you to plan your academic year as an International student. Before this exciting move to another country, it’s important that you’re prepared so that everything can go to plan. Below are our 10 tips that should help you get everything ready.\r\n\r\n

1. Make sure your documents are organised

\r\nMake sure that all your documents are up to date before you plan your travel as an International student. It’s a good idea to make multiple copies of important documents such as:\r\n

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  • Finance documents
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  • Exam reports
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  • University or college acceptance letters
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  • Letters of recommendations and more
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2. Double check your passport or visa is valid and up to date

\r\nIt can take up to three weeks to receive a passport once you’ve paid and sent off your application form. You should only book travel once you have received a new passport. Also, double check your passport for any of these points that might make it invalid:\r\n

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  • You’ve recently changed your name
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  • The date has expired
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  • You have the correct photograph for that specific country’s requirements
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  • The passport is damaged (torn, water damaged)
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  • You look very different to your original photograph
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3. Keep up to date with the country you want to study abroad in

\r\nIf you are planning to move to a particular country for your education, it’s important that you keep up to date and research the current news. An event, change in law or anything else could change your mind about this country before you’re about to apply for a course.\r\n

4. Find the right agencies that help International students

\r\nIf you find a great study abroad agency, they will have intuition partnerships and can find you the best course while offering international students support. This means they can help you with application forms while you are still in your home country, which will make the process much easier for you.\r\n

5. Research currencies and look through your finances

\r\nSome countries are more expensive than others, which means your budget might change. You try and find out whether you can receive funding because some universities/colleges do for international students. This funding could help you financially throughout your study. Other changes in budget could be a result of:\r\n

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  • Cost of living (food, health care, accommodation, bills, travel, etc)
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  • Currencies and exchange rates
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  • University costs
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6. Research bank accounts that support International Students

\r\nIf you can access a bank account overseas, you can have access to your money. You can also set up the right one for your loans, grants or money from family members.\r\n

7. Health insurance, health check-ups and vaccinations

\r\nIt’s important that you are up to date with any insurance or health check ups before arriving in the new country, especially if you rely on everyday medication. It’s advised that you contact your health insurance provider to let them know where you are going for your education.\r\n

8. Secure your flights and accommodation

\r\nDo not leave it until the last minute to sort out anything. You might miss education or student accommodation application expiry dates. You might even have to pay more money for a flight, which is why you should organise them in advance.\r\n

9. Let close family and friends know where you are going

\r\nIf there is an emergency, it’s important that your family or close friends can contact you. Otherwise, they might find it very difficult to contact you during your stay in another country as an international student.\r\n

10. Look at different networking

\r\nIt’s a good idea to network with people before you arrive in a new country. If you try to find students who are a part of an International Student group, this means that you will already have a friend before you arrive for your studies.\r\n \r\nAre you thinking about studying abroad as an International Student? Find out how we could help you here and we could get you get the best education for your future career.