We all know the after process once the application form is selected, but rarely pay notice on the fact of DON'T. In this blog, I will be exploring the Don'ts part, which are the things we should not do in Europe while studying.
SELECTING THE STUDY PROGRAM THAT SUITS YOU BEST
Planning is part of life and if you don't plan accordingly, things may go the wrong way. Likewise, if you don't select your study program, your plan may go wrong. You have to select study programs in thousands and hundreds of cities around the world. Therefore, you should first determine your motivations and goals to choose the most appropriate program for you. It doesn't matter whether you are interested in studying, volunteering, or working abroad, there will always be a program for you. You can choose from field-based programs to cultural exchange programs.
There are many ways to arrange study abroad programs:
- Study abroad organizations (providers or agents)
- Study abroad departments at your university
- Study abroad departments at other universities.
- Directly with a foreign university or language school
You can search for these programs on the web, from your teachers, and through guide books and study abroad directories. University programs are the most expensive, but may include some benefits in academic credit or traveling faculty and chaperones.
Living abroad can be a little expensive. It tightens your budget and empties your pocket. Therefore, it is recommended to check the scholarship options while applying to abroad universities. Don’t be like most students and ignore researching this area altogether, under the impression that you won’t qualify. You may be offered scholarships on a variety of criteria, such as your gender, your country, the subject of your choice, the total income available to you, and others. As long as you can prove you have a good investment, you can find suitable funding for you with a little research.
You may also think about financial aid, your savings or your family, and student loans.
- Scholarships: Search about this on the web. In addition, you may contact some agents, and they may also provide a variety of scholarships or discounts.
- Financial aid: You may receive financial aid from both federal and state governments if you are earning good academic credit. You may check out some Department of Education website and research the process with your study abroad or foreign language department.
- Student loans: Many student loans are available in the market, but be careful while picking up as they may have high-interest rates and require a guarantor.
MAKE A COPY OF YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.
It seems as an unrequired part, but it is important to check the required documents before leaving the native country. Once you left the native country and missed out on your crucial documents, you may get anxiety. Therefore, do check the documents. In addition, you may require them at the airport as proof of your identity.
- Passport (keep a copy in your luggage.)
- Entry visa (if needed)
- Study abroad confirmation
- Travel insurance info
- Your housing address and phone numbers
- Friends’ and family’s contact info
- Copy of any medical prescriptions
Make sure you have copies of these documents too, you may not know when these will be required. You may save them on your drive and use it later.
NOT MEETING THE LOCALS AND LEARN THE NATIVE LANGUAGE
Meeting different people and knowing their culture is the most fascinating thing when you visit or settle in a country. But, if you don't know how to speak to them, a messed-up situation can be created.
I know, you must be knowing the English language, but if you know the native language, you reach a step closer to the locals and become more interactive towards them.
Learning the native language is not that hard. There are some apps that guarantee your learning with enjoyment.
You may listen to free language podcasts and find some free language courses online.
LEAVING THE PHONE TO REST
It is advisable not to leave your phone at home as they need some fresh air. It means when you travel, do keep your mobile with yourself, as there are chances of being lost in a new country much. You are unfamiliar with the streets and ways leading towards which direction.
DO NOT MISS YOUR ORIENTATION
Orientation may not seem like the most exciting experience, but it is often full of crucial information about various programs and departments that your university offers. You will also meet your fellow students and faculty members and take a tour of the campus. Start getting involved and make the best of it
These are some pinpoint you must remember when traveling to Europe. Not just Europe but to other countries too.