When packing for your trip abroad, it is important to keep certain things in mind:
Searching for accommodation when you are in a new country can be tough. Start looking for a place to stay, using online databases, well before you arrive at your destination, and do not hesitate to get in touch with your host university’s international student assistance team if you need help finding a place.
Keep in mind that some property owners may request advanced payment of a few months when signing off on a lease.
Managing your finances abroad can be a little stressful. To minimize your monthly expenses, remember that:
Travelling abroad can be an emotionally challenging experience. When dealing with a new culture that is very different from home, students may experience feelings of disorientation, isolation, homesickness, and/or frustration. Keep in mind that these feelings are completely normal and that they will eventually pass!
Socializing with others will help you acclimatize to your new environment. While it is important to befriend your fellow international students, try talking to some locals too! Socializing with the locals will let you see the world from a different perspective and will leave you with a better understanding of the country’s culture once you return home.
While English is a widely spoken language all over the world, learning your host country’s language will go a long way in enriching your student exchange experience. Immersing yourself in a new culture is also the best way to develop your language skills and practice speaking a new language.
Although exchange students face very little safety risks, you should remain extra vigilant when you first arrive at your destination. Be wary of people who are excessively friendly to foreigners and always take the safety precautions you would normally take at home. Keep in mind that you are in an unfamiliar place, so it is very important that you research which parts of the country are unsafe.