In India, staying close to one’s family and parents is a norm and it can be extremely stressful for students moving to a foreign country where one might not see many familiar faces.
The preparation for study abroad takes a lot of resources, be it monetary, time, physical and mental stress. It is also a big step in a student’s academic and professional career. However, adjusting to a new life in a foreign country is intimidating but not completely unconquerable.
These simple recommendations prepared by Visa Crunch will definitely help you adjust smoothly to a foreign country while studying abroad. Students must follow these points to make their transition easier for themselves:
Plot your first few weeks
It is always best to plan ahead for anything and while you cannot plan your entire study abroad, planning your first few weeks will help you adjust better and prevent unexpected situations.
Planning ahead will save you the trouble of figuring out the nuances of the country you will be moving into and simplify the transition process for you.
Unexpected situations might still arise, but since you have already prepared for other things, you will be able to focus on resolving whatever situations you are dealing with.
Stay connected to your family
For most students going abroad to study, it is their first time leaving the comforts of their family; therefore, it becomes imperative to stay connected to their family for moral and emotional support.
Talking to your family will also provide you with a sense of belongingness in a country otherwise foreign to you.
Make sure you have a medium-specific medium of communication that allows cross-country communication.
Estimate your budget
Once you land in a new country, you will need to make a budget for your expenses and stick to it.
Chart out all the expenses like grocery, travel and other bills and allocate your budget accordingly because you will have a limited income.
Do not overspend or depend too much on your credit cards, because it will ultimately ruin your credit score and will cause you to lose out on opportunities in future.
Make local friends
Your friends will be your family while you’re far away from your family. Make sure you have someone to rely on and make responsible decisions in case of any emergency situations. Your local friend can help you guide you about local situations and during emergencies.
Friends will not only provide you with emotional support but will also be responsible for helping you in case you fall sick.