How exciting it is to study and live abroad. You’re signing up for one of the most interesting adventures of your life. That’s for sure. But in order to fully enjoy your experience; you ‘ll do well by heeding a few tips. Some are essential but others are strongly recommended suggestions. And the sooner you start to plan, the better. Making sure items on your study abroad to-do list don ‘t pile up ensures a smooth transition from here to there. Studying abroad is an amazing experience, but getting ready for the big trip can be hectic and overwhelming. Don ‘t panic if you don ‘t know what you need to do before studying abroad.
You must have a valid passport to travel and study abroad. If you already have one, be sure to double check that it’s not expired. Also, make sure that you have blank pages in your passport if you’ve travelled abroad before. For passport newbies can directly apply for a new passport at selected post offices, federal or state courts of records, or at a State Department passport agency. It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to get a passport, so make sure you start on this one well in advance.
If you are planning to go abroad, it is very useful to get a local number. Most phones are locked by default by the carrier. It is strongly recommend to ask your carrier company from your country to unlock your phone. They are obligated to do it without charge, but be aware that it would take more or less one week, so plan it in advance.
Often, if applying for an undergraduate degree at an accredited university, the school will assist with the student visa process. This is not always the case however, so make sure to ask. If no help is offered, get straight onto the job of securing your student visa yourself.To do this you will need to contact the embassy or consulate of your country of study and may need to attend an appointment as part of your student visa application. Here youâ€™ll be asked to bring documentation such as a university letter of approval, the aforementioned valid passport, proof of funds, and, occasionally, a return ticket for your journey home at the end your studies.
Make sure you’ve included the contact information for people like your mentors and teachers at your host university, the emergency services number in your host country and it probably wouldn’t hurt to keep the contact details of your classmates and friends abroad. Create a list of emergency contacts and keep this list handy at all times (keep a copy of this list with your important documents too). Also include the number for your bank to report lost and stolen credit cards. And pre-organize how you will stay in touch with home while abroad: ie will you use a local cell phone, Skype, email etc.
Carrying the local currency is a must, but make sure you don’t rely solely on cash or withdraw large amounts of cash at a time. When converting your money make sure to do it before getting to the airport, where exchange rates are not the best. This can often be done through your local bank, travel agents, post office, some supermarkets or even a specialist online provider. To get the best rates, price comparison websites such as super market can help. As well as cash, you should also have a bank account which you can access abroad with a cash card or credit card, through local ATMs or an international bank branch. Most major banks are internationally recognized, but you will often be charged a small fee every time you withdraw money or pay with your card. Make sure your card is valid for the duration of your trip.
What Edwise Students Studying Abroad Says?
“â€œExcellent co-operation from faculty member of Edwise. They have suggested me from choosing a right course to get visa. They have helped me in each problem and I am really thankful to them that due to them I got my desire. Very good teamwork.â€”
Name – Piyush Patel
Country – UK
University – Coventry University
“Getting done my higher education procedure was worth. Receiving support and helpful information from my counselor is worth appreciating. I also found the training given for IELTS useful for the exam.”
Name – Najmuddin Z Jaorawala
Country – Canada
University – Lambton College
“Great help by my counselor right from choosing the correct university, program to application process and visa application. The whole process went smoothly because of counseling from Edwise.”
Name – Pooja Kale
Country – Australia
University – University of Sydney
“Edwise has done a wonderful job and I thank each person at Edwise who has helped me get here in time. I am absolutely overwhelmed and appreciate the support provided by you people. It was a wonderful experience interacting with everyone at Edwise. I shall definitely recommend anyone who wants to study abroad to come to Edwise. I got the right suggestion at the right time from everyone including my Academic Counsellor to my Visa Counsellor & due to their support & hard work I am here at my dream destination.”
Name – Sanjiv Vishwanath
Country – Australia
University – Griffith University
“The experience was both fantastic and an enjoyable one. My counsellor was very supportive with me at all times and helped me at every single stage. Though I applied to Pittsburgh and they do not have any agents anywhere in the world, still I received enough help from my counsellor as much as possible in whatever aspect they could help me out in, starting from application tips till the final stages of my VISA application. In a nutshell, the help I received from Edwise Kolkata was quite invigorating”
Name – Niyati Mehra
Country – USA
University – University Of Pittsburgh
“Right from documents collection, application process, visa counseling-mock test, my counselor helped me for every single thing with whole heart and lots of efforts. I wasn’t expecting a good university for myself but I got it because of Edwise. I am happy with the service provided by Edwise. My experience was excellent.Best thing about Edwise is one to one attention which helped me a lot. I will suggest all my juniors and friends who want to study abroad.”
Name – Ekta Prafulla Talele
Country – USA
University – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 575 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.
Start your education overseas with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program.
Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.