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5 August 2019 | 4 min read

Going Abroad To Study? Here Are 6 Things You Should Keep In Mind

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Every year, many Indian students move abroad to do the study course of their dreams. Apart from giving them an edge in the job market, it also provides them with the experience of a lifetime.

As with students from countries around the world, Indian students face their own set of unique challenges during their time studying overseas. Here are a few things you may have overlooked in your research, so keep these in mind, and your transition to a new country will not be as tough as it looks.

Be Open To New Cuisines

Exploring the food culture of a different country is an experience on its own. For Indian students used to a plethora of flavors and dishes from its many gastronomically-diverse states, though, it can be a bit difficult. Make sure to lower your expectations of Indian food abroad, as they’d likely never match up to what you get at home.

Learn To Be Independent  

If you’re going to study in a Western country, there’s a good chance that hiring a maid or cook is not as easy a process, as in India. From learning how to fix things in your house to cooking on your own, there are quite a few things you’d have to learn to do on your own when you move.

Get Health Insurance

You might not think that small, human details like health insurance are trivial when you are about to embark on the biggest adventure of your life. But trust us, it is better to be safe than sorry in case something unfortunate does happen. Plus, having a health insurance will ensure that you have access to the best hospitals/doctors without having to worry about the long medical bill. Trust us, it is worth the investment.

Manage Finances Better

Owing to low purchasing parity and cost of lifestyle in India, almost all the popular study destinations in the world turn out to be more expensive for Indian students. Being strapped for cash all the time is a quintessentially-Indian-student experience when you’re abroad, though that will be resolved once you finish your course.

For moving money between countries, make sure to go for a service with a better exchange rate – like digibank Remit –  which allows you to transfer money across 40 countries, including USA, UK, Australia, and Singapore at zero fees. Best part? It’s quick & paperless with same-day transfers. That’s not all – you can even use Remit to get your parents to transfer your University fees as well. It’s worth checking out right?

Punctuality Matters

Unlike India, where the right time to arrive is always one hour after the invitation time, punctuality is a highly-revered quality in most countries you’d end up studying at. Whether it’s going to parties or meetings with professors, make sure to be on time.

Stricter Internet Laws

Because of the lax cyber-security infrastructure in India, you’d have never had a problem illegally downloading a movie when you’re here. That’s not the case in most Western countries, where you’d likely be arrested for just trying to catch up on the latest Game of Thrones episode on torrents.

And just like that, you’re off! Trust us, the week or so before you leave for study abroad will go by in a flash, so beyond just bouncing from one to-do list to another, take some time to slow down and enjoy your time with your loved ones. Enjoy the feelings of not knowing what’s ahead because this will all change very soon. So, the last thing on your “things to do before studying abroad” checklist should be to say au revoir to your pre-study abroad self! Bon voyage.

by Himanshu Sharma
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