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Moving abroad for studying? No wonder it is one of the most important and challenging steps to take in life. This is because by moving to other country for studies you not only let yourself be a part of new environment but also take a great step of your career. If you plan to study abroad, make sure you are prepared, so that when you arrive, you know what to expect. This way, you can enjoy both studying and living in a foreign country.

But how to eventually keep yourself prepared? This question can be intimidating for most Indian students who are studying in other countries like Australia, Europe, or the United States. There are a few fundamental concepts you should be aware of in order to make your student experience a memorable one.

So, follow the steps as below to know what all things to consider before moving to other country for studies:

1. Research and be well-versed

A fundamental step before relocating to another country is to search the internet for information and resources. If you know someone who has studied at the university where you intend to study, that is the best way to gather a wealth of information. You can gather details about your stay and study-schedule from university staff.

Being well informed about the weather in the country is always a good idea because it will help you pack your bags. You should be aware of the currency exchange rate and keep enough cash on hand until you can find an ATM or open a bank account. You can travel with international debit cards that can be used anywhere in the world, and these cards are easily available at any nationalised bank in India.

2. What all to take along?

Make sure you have all of the necessary documents and visas to study in the country of your choice. For instance, Prescription drugs that are sufficient for the duration of your stay! Carry the electric adapters along as well. Winter in some countries is nothing like what we have in India, so bring plenty of warm and waterproof clothing. Bring sweaters & hoodies, warmer leggings, warm sleepers and shoes, a coat/jacket, and a special occasion outfit. Have a Travel Guide for the country you'll be visiting.

3. Prepare yourselves to reside in a foreign country

Australia, Europe, and America are diverse and verily different from India. People applaud your efforts to learn their language and about their culture. Knowing the local language will come in handy when shopping and travelling because English is not always spoken in every country. Try to learn about their history & political background so that you can get to know the people even better. You not only relate to them but also get to understand why they’re like what they’re like.

4. When you’ve arrived

The first step is to register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs within the next 24 to 48 hours. Registration allows you to legalise your stay in that country and may lead to temporary residency. Different rules, however, apply to different countries, which you must thoroughly understand.

The next step is to register with your country's Indian embassy. It's extremely valuable because you'll meet people who speak Indian with you, which will help you feel less homesick. They may also be able to help you resolve any issues you are having in the country where you are staying. Furthermore, they organise a variety of programmes related to Indian culture that can entertain you.

5. Opening of a Bank Account there

It is highly recommended that you open a bank account in the country where you will be studying. This allows you to pay your bills while keeping your money secure. For this, you will need a passport, proof of residence, and proof that you are a student.

6. Earn and Learn Together to keep it all balanced

Blue collar jobs allow you to work part-time and earn some extra money for expenses or entertainment. Most Indian students who have relocated to some other country for studying do so. These jobs, as well as any jobs you take if you decide to stay in that country after graduation, may necessitate a work permit. It’s important to double-check the details to conform with local laws and work in a legal way.

7. Know about the scholarships well

You can inquire with your respective universities about the funds available for your studies, or you can look for external charities that can provide you with financial assistance in the form of a scholarship for studying abroad.

8. Know how to make travel possible abroad

The international student identity card is mostly useful for lowering travel costs. It will also allow you to shop at various shopping malls where you will receive a nice discount with this card. Local transportation, such as buses, trams, and trains, is the best way to travel. You receive bus and train passes, which will significantly reduce your costs. You can also take a taxi, but it will be quite expensive.

9. Everything about calling

People will force you to call India frequently if you live far away from home. In that case, you might be wondering if my current phone will work in another country, and the answer is most likely yes. You will, however, need to change your sim card and buy a new one. After that, you can activate a low-cost international calling plan to call India.

Another option- use applications like Skype or Viber from your laptop or computer. It will help if you want to have a free video chat with your near and dear ones.

So, these were the fundamentals you should be aware of while studying abroad. I hope you enjoy your stay and appreciate the incredible natural and cultural beauty that awaits you.