Finding out overseas: what to determine earlier than leaving

New school, new country, new life… It’s decided, in a few months you will embark on an adventure. Before packing your bags, the Student lists the eight things you absolutely must do to leave with peace of mind.

Carrying out part of your studies abroad is a must! For this, the International department of your establishment can help you. Because on the side of administrative formalities, you will be taken care of. A word of advice, think about it as soon as possible to avoid last-minute disappointments.

1. Apply to your host institution

It’s official that you’re going abroad. But don’t think you’re going to move your thumbs while you wait… If your establishment is responsible for notifying your future school of your arrival, you must register. Generally, everything is done on one platform where you will be asked to upload the appropriate documents. You will have to think about your future establishment as well as your current one, which will also ask you to pay tuition fees. For this somewhat special year, you are linked to two schools.

2. Check your identity documents

Identity card, passport, visa, driving license… Before leaving, check that your documents are up to date and above all still valid. They will also have to be there at the time of your departure to be able to return to France. If not, do them again as soon as possible. Also remember to apply for a visa if you are going outside Europe for more than three months. The international driving license It can be a good option if you want to take a short trip there. Also register on the Ariane website to be alerted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the event of a crisis. The France-Diplomatie website allows you to have all the necessary information, depending on the host country.

Also read: 10 questions to ask yourself before studying abroad

3. Apply for scholarships

In early June, do your scholarship applications to finance your stay. Depending on your profile and destination, you can benefit from several cumulative aids:

– the stock market Erasmus+ : between 150 and 450 € per month depending on the country of destination and your status (student or trainee);
– the stock exchange of your region, department or municipality;
international mobility assistance : 400€ per month (the number of monthly fees allocated is decided by the establishment), only for scholarship holders;
– a scholarship based on CNOUS social criteria (Centro Nacional de Obras Universitárias e Escolares), which can be combined with all these aids;
– of country specific programs : like DAAD in Germany, Fulbright in the US, the British Council in the UK…;

– they foundations of the establishment

4. Prevent Social Security and mutual insurance

If you are staying in Europe, you must have the European Health Insurance Card. Request it from your student health insurance fund or your health insurance fund at least one month before your departure. Free, valid for two years.

If you study outside of Europe, you may be required to pay directly on site before submitting your invoice to French health insurance and being reimbursed.

Institutions, especially in North America, sometimes require students to take out their supplemental health insurance once there.

If you’re heading to an exotic destination like India or China, also update your vaccines and prepare a first aid kit for medicine.

Also read: Study abroad: from dream to reality

5. Take out insurance

In addition to health insurance, be sure to subscribe to other guarantees. You cannot do without liability insurance and repatriation insurance. Airline cancellation insurance It can also be useful if you still don’t know whether to extend your experience or if you don’t know the date of your return. You can go directly to your health fund to hire this type of insurance, learn more on the CLEISS website.

6. Make an appointment with your banker

“My banker advised me to open an account there because I stayed a whole year. For a shorter period, it’s not always useful. It also depends on the country”, testifies Lucie, 20 years old. If you only use your French account, make sure before you leave that you have the necessary options to avoid blocking cash withdrawals or exorbitant commission fees.

Also read: Studying abroad: a good plan or not?

7. Find accommodation

Some host universities offer accommodation in your campus residences. Rebecca, an M2 law and business ethics student at Cergy, who spent a year in Turku, Finland, opted for this solution. “I managed to get a room with a bathroom, but a shared bathroom and kitchen, for only €280 per month. It saved me the stress of having to look for it on site and I changed accommodation after the first semester”, says the young woman. .

For Lucie, an information communication student L3 at the University of Burgundy, who left for Liverpool for a year, “the offer on campus was too expensive. “I looked for roommate on the internet“.

8. Change your phone plan

This little detail can be very useful. Find out about your options and their costs, especially as you may not have internet for the first few days.

If I had to do it again, I would also take a notebook with all the contacts and practical information!“, says Rebecca, who found herself in misery when she arrived in Finland.

One last thing: celebrate your departure leave with a head full of memories.

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