Studying Abroad? Here are the few things you should know Part 2

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By Evie Harrison

Part 1  of this article can be found HERE

4. Prepare necessary documentation:

First things first, make sure your passport is up-to-date and there is plenty of time before it expires because you don't want to have to run and get your passport renewed on the eleventh hour.

Moreover, countries at times require students to carry student visas so apply for one well in advance as they take time to process.


5. Stay on top of your health:

The last thing you want is to spend crucial days of your trip being unwell and in bed.  Therefore, go a little extra mile to keep yourself fit during these months by consuming foods, herbal supplements such as decaffeinated green tea extract and herbal teas that will boost your immunity and help you ward off infections.

Also, don't hesitate to visit local pharmacies if you feel unwell as you can easily acquire basic prescriptions from them. In case of a language barrier, tools like Google Translate will go a long way in enabling you to accurately explain your symptoms to pharmacist(s).


6. Home sickness is real:

Even for the most independent individuals, it is but natural to miss your family and friends when you're in a completely new place. However, it is important that you not let this feeling bog you down to an extent that it effects your life or your studies.

So, whenever you miss your loved ones, reach out and talk to them to stave-off your homesickness. You can also storm local restaurants to indulge in your native cuisine as it will help you connect to your life back home.

Another thing I would recommend is to steer clear of social media websites as they instigate FOMO (fear of missing out). Remember, that while you're overseas, life will carry on for others back home and that's okay because you can always be a part of that change by staying in touch with everyone dear to you. The best part is; you now have a chance to be part of something new – and who knows, something even better!

7. Maintain a balanced approach:

What makes studying abroad a once in a lifetime experience is the fact that it not only allows you to gain education from coveted universities but also opens your eyes and mind to the realities of a foreign culture. I have seen students hesitant to go on trips because they are afraid that they'll miss out on classes.

While such self-restrain is important in keeping your studies on track, especially when you’re on your own; it is important to maintain a balanced approach. Otherwise, you'll end up missing out on experiences that work to add substance to your personality and broaden your outlook on life.

A couple of good benchmarks to help you stay on track; never skip classes, miss assignment deadlines or let your grades go down; if you're able to do all of this then it's perfectly okay to treat yourself to a night out with friends.

Studying abroad is a life changing experience filled with challenges and adventures so prepare as much as you can beforehand, keep an open mind and be prepared to pursue your dreams with perseverance.


ABOUT Evie Harrison

Evie harrison is a blogger by choice.  She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs.

Find her on Twitter:@iamevieharrison



Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine

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This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

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