Studying abroad: practical considerations

Last updated: 22 Aug 2023, 09:32

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Going abroad to study can be exciting and enriching but it often brings added formalities and cultural considerations. Here are some of the aspects you'll need to bear in mind as you organise your departure:

The paperwork

Start by checking the visa requirements of the country you are planning on travelling to. This should be done well ahead of your planned departure date as some visas can take months to process. Make sure that your passport is valid, some countries will require your passport to be valid for six months beyond your intended return date when you are staying long term.

If you are studying in an EU country, make sure to take a valid European Health Insurance Card along with you. You can use this as a student if you're staying for up to a full academic year.

Consider what other paperwork might you need to send or take with you in addition to an application. This could include certificates, exam results and copies of documents such as your passport or visa. Be sure to check whether your documents need to be translated into the language of the country you are travelling to.

Proof of vaccination may also be required to enter certain countries.

The practicalities

Once you have all your paperwork in order, check to make sure that you are well prepared to travel to your destination.

Make sure to make arrangements for transportation both for yourself and for your luggage. You may need to make special arrangements to transport bulky or fragile equipment that you plan on taking with you such as musical instruments.

Consider the country's climate. What sort of clothing do you need to pack? Will you need to buy new clothes to suit the temperatures and weather conditions you will likely encounter?

Be sure to check for government advice that is in place for travellers to that destination.

Finally, research the culture before you leave. This will help you prepare for the cultural differences you will encounter and avoid confusing or uncomfortable situations.

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