Study Abroad To-Do List for International Students
Travelling abroad for studies can be an exciting event for all international students. The most interesting element that creates a lot of curiosity within the minds of a student is the thought of visiting a new place, meeting new friends and interacting with people that are raised in a completely different atmosphere. Although there can be some tough situations that you were not expecting while planning your trip, so in order to be prepared for these rough times I have created a ‘To-Do’ list which might be helpful for students.
Create a small bag of essential and most important items before you leave your home. I know the things that I am going to list might seem pretty obvious but often we forget these items, remember mid-way and rush back home to get them. Here goes my list of essential items:
My advice to all students is to pack wisely. We often go overboard with our packing as we feel everything is important. But please, pack enough clothes that may cover you for a couple of weeks.
With regards to the utensils it comes down to personal choice. When I first came to Canada it was very easy to find all the utensils that we used back home due to the significant presence of my community in this country. My only advice to you all is that, try to do some research before leaving home and if you are able to find things that you need to prepare a proper meal in the host country then please avoid filling your bags with utensils. You can carry smaller utensils to save some initial cost but avoid large bowls that may be space consuming.
Housing/ Apartment Search:
The most important part of your job before you begin your schooling life is to secure a place to live. This is by far the most difficult thing that I had to do as I did not know anyone when I first landed here, and I am speaking from my own experience, that places rent faster than you can imagine; when you come in during peak seasons where everyone is trying to find a place to live. So if you don’t want to end up living with a roommate that you hate – begin your search before arrival. Mainstreet Equity Corp. is one such company that has come up with a ‘student program’ where it helps international students to secure a place even before their arrival. We offer interesting incentives on Security Deposits and also arrange for airport pick-ups.
To get more info please visit our student housing page.
Hope you found my tips interesting and helpful.
What items would you add to my list?
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