There are few life experiences more rewarding than studying abroad in college. You will meet all kinds of people that will open your mind, taste foods that you've never heard of, and see places that you never could have imagined in your wildest dreams. It truly is a life changing experience that will be as gainful as it is challenging. There's just a few things you will want to keep in mind.
Here are some important travel tips for study abroad students.
Open a Foreign Bank Account
One of the most underappreciated study abroad tips is that you want to open a foreign bank account as soon as possible. Most colleges will have a program that tells you whether or not the country where you will be studying has a bank branch that partners with one of the major American banks. If so, you might just need to open an account with a particular bank branch at home, and you will be able to use your debit card for that bank while you're abroad.
Get All Necessary Immunizations
First and foremost, you want to make sure that you have received all of your standard American immunizations before you even consider leaving the country. You also want to find out if there are any additional immunizations that you will need to get in order to safely travel abroad. As anyone who is earning their MBA in sustainable business knows, you won't be able to do anything in a foreign country if you aren't up to date on all of your standard immunizations, because you will be too much of a risk to the population.
If you think that it was hard to pare down all of your belongings when you left home and went to college, you won't believe how hard it can be when you get ready to leave the country to study abroad. You really want to dwindle it down to the bare minimum so that you aren't bogged down by tons of heavy luggage. Plus, it's important to remember that you will inevitably accumulate a lot of possessions throughout your time abroad, and you will need to get rid of a lot before you are ready to pack up and go back home.
Keep Your Passport Safe
It's incredibly necessary that you keep your passport safe at all times while you are traveling through foreign countries. Not only will you need it in order to cross any international borders, but it will also be the form of ID that will be required when you want to go out to bars and clubs. Most importantly, though, you want to make sure that nobody steals your passport, because if that happens you could definitely be the victim of fraud or identity theft.
Make Sure All of Your Credits are Transferrable
Before you start signing up for classes at a foreign college, you want to be sure that all the credits you will be earning are transferrable. The last thing you want to do is work really hard to earn top grades in a foreign language, only to find out that those credits won't be valid on your transcript.
Published by Chowdhury Shahid-uz-zaman