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Top 7 survival strategies for students travelling abroad

Travelling abroad to study should be a matter of excitement. But some students get very worried about going to study overseas. We totally understand their concern because studying abroad requires a lot of brave input.

We as humans need to stay alert to avoid any emergencies. And the same goes for students who need to study abroad. Students learn some things over time, but here are some things that students can learn before travelling abroad and be wise about certain situations.

Well, if you fall in this category or are planning to go overseas to study soon, then here are some tips that will come in handy for you.

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7 Tips for students travelling abroad

1) Start unpacking

Many things are carried when travelling abroad, which is very natural. All of us have a lot of our precious belongings which we carry so that we do not feel lost in a new place. It is a beautiful feeling to unpack all your items in your new place as it makes you feel at home and reminds you of the new journey that is about to begin.

So, the very first thing you need to do when you are going abroad is to start unpacking. Set your place and your environment, and create your space first. Clear all the boxes and arrange your room to feel settled and cosy.

2) Learn essential life skills

Anyone willing to study abroad should learn some of the basic life skills first. Some of them are cooking, time management, finding self-motivation, and many more. If you lack these skills, then the chances are that you will be having a tough time surviving alone. Some students believe in living in the moment and working on such things only when they are forced to.

But it is better to learn some of these skills beforehand to be independent when living overseas. You never know the kind of people you will be surrounded with, so it is wise to be self-sufficient to know your pros and cons.

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3) Know the native language

Many overseas students make the biggest mistake of not being familiar with the language spoken in the place in which they will reside. When travelling to a foreign place, it is vital to know the language. A language barrier is a significant barrier for students and anyone who does not know the native language.

Students who face a language barrier know how difficult it is to communicate. Sometimes they even end up wondering, “Who will do my homework in my native language?” In times of need and emergency, it is challenging to express and get the proper assistance because of the language barrier. You can learn the language or at least get a translation book in your initial days.

4)  Manage money

When going to a new place, it is common for students not to balance the money they’re spending. Splurging all your money, especially when you are new, is not a safe option. Always keep some emergency money aside so that you do not end up in debt or unforeseen situations with no savings for yourself.

Students who study overseas have to spend money on everything starting from food, travel, and even refreshments. So, monitor your finances, and don’t be careless while spending your money.

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5) Have medical supplies

When travelling abroad, have medical supplies with yourself. If you are sick or facing some medical emergency, you won’t find your family near to help you. Hence it is wise to carry essential medicines which you would need.

 Also, when in a foreign country, finding the proper assistance and doctors right away again is very time-consuming. So, try to research doctor assistance on your campus and see if they offer some discount or free help to students that belong from their college.

6) Travelling

New students who are not familiar with the place have difficulty travelling to a new location. Therefore, it is essential to know about the routes and the vehicles required for your everyday transportation.

Although it is easy to travel from one place to another today as students have access to maps, Google maps, etc., it is always wise to have a general idea when you get out on the road to not face any severe consequences.

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7) Socialise and make friends

Being in a new place can be pretty lonely. But that does not mean that students should be scared to socialise with others—students who do not make friends end up being loners. Don’t let any social or mental barriers block you from making friends.

You might not be comfortable with everyone, but you can always find the people who make you feel comfortable. Find your people, talk with them, and have a good time because studying abroad is not only about learning but also about making fun memories.

In closing

Travelling abroad gives mixed feelings of happiness and nervousness. Students who are well prepared might not find any issues coping in the environment. However, students who do not take these precautions end up in very severe situations. Being prepared for the outcome is never wrong. Doing mistakes and learning from them is inevitable, but if you can avoid these uncomfortable situations, why not do it.

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