Pre-Deprature Briefing

Preparing for studying abroad involves several essential steps.

  1. You need the right documentation.

Since studying abroad entails traveling to another country, it’s important to acquire the appropriate identification – a passport.

Both when departing from Nepal and entering your destination country, you’ll be required to present your passport. Depending on the specific country you’re heading to, you might also need to secure a visa for your study abroad venture. To ensure you have all the necessary documents, it’s advisable to consult your advisor for precise requirements. Additionally, it’s a good idea to create both digital and physical copies of your passport and visa.

Traveler’s tip for first time international student: Carry a pen with you on the plane and keep your passport easily accessible. This will come in handy as you might need to fill out certain forms before you arrive at your study abroad destination.

  1. Plane tickets are best purchased three months in advance.

The optimal timing for buying your ticket is usually around three months before your departure. This period often offers the most budget-friendly prices.

Embarking on your plane journey marks the exciting beginning of your adventure. You have the choice of a window or aisle seat (depending on your preference for convenience), the possibility of having your personal TV screen, and the food quality has improved from what it used to be. Make the most of it!

And some airlines also provide special privilege like discounts and extra luggage weight so be sure to check with us to know about some such airlines or check out their websites.

  1. Consciously protect your valuables

You’re likely to bring along some of your most valuable items, such as your laptop, smartphone, passport, valuable jewelry, or money. It’s crucial to actively ensure you keep an eye on your belongings.

While the risk of theft isn’t necessarily higher abroad than at home, the excitement and enjoyment of your experience might lead to increased distraction. Before you step out of your dorm, apartment, or homestay, considers securing your money in a money belt or distributing it in various pockets on your person. Additionally, remember to lock up any belongings you leave behind.

Traveler’s tip for first time international student: Opt for attire and accessories that don’t attract immediate attention to your financial situation to avoid unnecessary notice.

  1. Medicines and Insurance

If you’re currently on prescription medications, it’s an important step to work closely with your doctor to ensure you have an ample supply for the duration of your study abroad program. Relying on your study abroad destination to provide your specific medications might not be reliable.

Over-the-counter medications are often available in foreign countries, although they might go by different names. A simple online search can help you identify the local equivalents in nearby pharmacies. You might also be pleasantly surprised by the presence of familiar pharmaceutical brands in your study abroad location.

Should you require medical assistance while abroad, there’s no need to panic. Many foreign countries boast decent medical facilities to cater to your needs. Remember to carry your passport and insurance card when you visit a clinic or hospital. Keep in mind that you might need to cover the medical expenses upfront and then seek reimbursement through your insurance.

Traveler’s tip for first time international students: Consider carrying a dedicated credit card specifically for medical emergencies. While we hope you won’t encounter situations that cost hundreds of dollars or more, it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected.

 

  1. Cultural Barriers

Engaging in a study abroad experience carries a certain level of responsibility for the student. Since you’ll be immersed in a different culture, it’s essential to be mindful of the local cultural norms. These norms can impact various aspects of your life, including your clothing choices, communication style, and interactions with the local population.

Maintaining sensitivity is crucial for travelers throughout their journeys. Failing to do so might inadvertently offend others or reflect negatively on the broader community of travelers. By being respectful and considerate of the cultural context, you can contribute positively to your study abroad experience and foster meaningful interactions.

  1. Embassies, safety, and places you probably won’t want to go to

In case you encounter difficulties during your study abroad journey, your initial point of contact would likely be the resident programming staff for your study abroad program. However, In case of an emergency, it’s advisable to promptly head to your country’s embassy. Keeping the embassy’s contact number and address on your person can help prevent confusion during potentially chaotic situations.

A word of caution: If you find yourself engaging in illegal activities while studying abroad, the consequences could involve being in jail. It’s important to understand that your country, family, friends, or program staff might have limited ability to bail you out in such situations. Remember, you’ll be subject to the laws of the foreign jurisdiction. To ensure your time abroad remains enjoyable and free from legal complications, it’s best to steer clear of any actions that could breach local laws.

Traveler’s tip for first time international students: Recognize that laws in foreign countries may differ from those in your home country. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these differences beforehand, avoid questionable areas and individuals, and exercise self-restraint to avoid unnecessary risks.

 

 

Few tips from our employees:

  1. Plugs: First time students might be surprised by the way the plugs look in other countries! That’s right, what you’re used to may not (and likely won’t) work abroad. You will need to either purchase a Universal adaptor in advance (a quick online search should warrant options) or while in country (certainly cheaper, but slightly more inconvenient). You will also need to pay attention to your study abroad destination’s voltage situation; otherwise you might end up with ruined hair dryers or cell phones.

 

  1. Jetlag: It’s REAL! Jetlag is a blanket term to describe when you’re tired after a long-haul flight. As your body adjusts to your epic time travel, you will find it difficult to adjust to a new time zone. It can take up to one or two weeks to fully settle into a new time zone, so be patient as your body adapts. Avoid taking naps, and embrace your inevitable early bedtimes or early risings.

 

  1. Laundry: Laundry will cost a lot of money during your study abroad program. To minimize the costs, you might choose to start hand washing your clothes and hanging them to dry. Other students haul them to the nearest Laundromat, or it may be possible that your accommodation is equipped with a washer and dryer. No matter what, make sure you budget extra money to cover these impending costs.