Some Common Starting Problems And Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
In our previous posts we addressed some of the challenges of studying abroad. Today we have another one, we are going to write about some of the things you maybe didn't even know contained some issue or challenge. And again, we are writing for the people who need or prefer to organize their study rather by themselves, so they might use advices and tips.
Yogi Berra famously said, "If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there." So...
Do your research in time. That means, at least half a year, or even better a whole year ahead. That goes especially for study requirements (that's not so hard to guess), but as well for scholarships and in some cases even for accomodation - there is almost always high demand of student housing, so don't be the last one who starts looking! Find about costs and find as many options suitable for you as you can. Remember, many people are going to look and apply for the same things as you, so try to get an advantage at least by searching early.
There is some student counselling office or service in every school, and they can have precious information for you. So when you are there, which will probably be after the semester starts, it's always good to ask about anything they could help you with and they might even know more possibilities than you knew about. Or they might not. Or they might be so busy and give you an appointment two weeks after you needed something. It's good to ask all you can, and it's good not to count on anything else than what you yourself arrange for yourself.
Last but not least, do the budget in time. Of course you will have to guess some things, but it's always better to have a general idea how much money you will really need if you are going to apply for funding. And it's not nice to find out in the middle of the school year that you will have to take a night job instead of studying in order to pay everything you need, so let us just write it again: Plan Ahead!
Well, all this sounds rather serious, we know, but it is the information we wish someone told us when we were going to study abroad! And it is just one bite from the things which can be useful to know and we will keep addressing the specific challenges of the international student. In any case, can you add something? Let us know, or just come to say hi on our Facebook page!
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