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Pre-Departure Activities for International Students

10th March 2023 | SuccessVisa

Pre-Departure Activities for International Students

Preparing to study abroad can be an exciting and daunting experience, especially for international students. Here are some pre-departure activities that international students should consider:

Visa and immigration requirements: Ensure that you have obtained the Appropriate Visa or Study Permit, and that you have all the necessary documentation required for your travel and stay in your host country.

Financial arrangements: Make sure that you have enough money to cover 

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Living expenses. 

Consider opening a bank account in the host country, and notify your home bank of your travel plans.

Accommodation arrangements: Find suitable accommodation in the host country. You may choose to

  •  live on campus
  •  or rent an apartment off-campus. 

Research your options and make reservations in advance.

Health and travel insurance: Purchase comprehensive health and travel insurance coverage, as medical expenses is very costly in countries like Australia, Canada, UK.

Academic preparations: Research your host country's academic system, and be familiar with 

  • The curriculum
  • Class schedules
  • Grading systems
  • Academic standards. 

Make sure to submit all required documents to your host institution, and prepare for any entrance exams or language proficiency tests.

Cultural and language training: Learn about 

  • the Host country's culture, customs, and traditions. 
  • Take language classes, if necessary, and practice speaking with native speakers to improve your language skills.

Travel arrangements: Book your flight, and plan your travel itinerary in advance. Arrange for transportation from the airport to your accommodation, and research the public transportation system in your host country.

Personal arrangements: Notify your family and friends of your travel plans, and provide them with your contact information. Prepare yourself emotionally for the transition, and make sure to pack appropriate clothing and personal items.

Miscellaneous arrangements: Purchase necessary equipment, such as laptops, mobile phones, and adapters, and research the availability of internet and communication services in your host country.

These pre-departure activities can help you have a smooth and successful transition to studying abroad as an international student.

You can contact experts from SuccessVisa in Parramatta, NSW, Sydney for more details