Going to study abroad is often one of the first international adventures in a student’s life. Although candidates for international mobility are young, they are expected to have perfect autonomy and rigor to carry out their experience smoothly.
The keyword throughout your process will be “anticipation”. In fact, registrations for international mobility occurring on average one year before departure for the host country, you will understand that in order to register you will have to be informed in advance. There is student lounges organized to inform and guide you in your search, so do not hesitate to take advantage of all the means at your disposal.
While trade shows are by far the most interactive way to educate yourself on the subject, please note that every establishment that opens its doors to foreign students provided the necessary information on its webpage. It may also be useful for you to contact your educational establishment if you are studying and want to leave through a exchange student🇧🇷 It is not uncommon for universities to organize an annual informational meeting for those who wish to learn about the terms of departure🇧🇷
A well-conducted preliminary research will avoid unnecessary stress when setting up your administrative file🇧🇷
Preparing your departure abroad: administration
Most important, and certainly not to be underestimated, is obviously the administrative file rise to claim the long-awaited match. If you are leaving as part of a university exchange or as a self-employed candidate, you will face procedures that are out of the ordinary.
In case of departure in a country that requires a Visa or one study permit Where Working staying there, your privileged interlocutor will be the embassy of host country in the capital of your Country of Residence🇧🇷
Beware, there are known scams in countries considered popular by expatriates and exchange studentsfake agencies supposed to take care of your procedures may approach you, above all don’t give in to the sirens of the visa and papers easily obtained, you run the risk of spending a lot of money without ever getting anything in return.
O procedures changing countries can seem daunting, but they are not absolutely insurmountable, with a little rigor you have all the cards in hand to get there alone.
Each host country has its own rules and will require different documents to provide you with a residence permit🇧🇷 It is your responsibility to provide a complete administrative filesufficiently in advance to take into account processing times over which you have no influence.
A common mistake is not paying attention to the maturity of your official identity documents🇧🇷 the maximum of destinations even require a passport valid for more than 6 months after the departure date to receive it.
As an example of administrative documents that you may be asked to provide: A criminal background extractThe proof of necessary funds to meet your needs for a defined period of time, a proof of identityone Visaone acceptance letter from your university🇧🇷
Don’t underestimate the shutter either. health yours travelsome countries will require a vaccination passport updated and proof of some vaccines specific to receive it, this step will not be negotiable.
To be study abroad also goes hand in hand with health plan🇧🇷 Some institutions require students to sign theHealth plan administered by the university in order to control the coverage of mobility candidates and avoid unfortunate situations.
Anyway, if you leave european bordersThe social security will not support your medical fees and it will be more than advisable (if not required by certain establishments or countries) to take out private medical insurance to cover possible costs.
Also, once there, don’t hesitate to register at alien registration yours host countryin case of a serious problem, it is important that your embassy know that you are in the country and that she can contact you, especially to help you if necessary.
Preparing for your departure abroad: personal preparation
You would be wrong to imagine that the administrative preparation be the only one to take into account. go abroad is certainly not insignificant for an individual and requires, for an optimal experience, a personal preparation🇧🇷
Don’t underestimate the benefits of Language domain yours host country, especially if it’s an uncommon language or a part of the world where locals speak little English. There are many countries where English is not taken for granted and sticking to it will exclude you from many facets of the living abroad as well as exposing you to targeted scams or, in any case, people looking to take advantage of your status.
Since departure procedures it must be started well in advance, nothing prevents you from dedicating a little of your time to mastering a language, the effort is not minimal, but it will allow a more successful integration, faster and therefore a more rewarding adventure once in your host country.
One of the keys to the success of a student stay abroad it is undeniably a well-crafted and well-managed budget. Beware, if you are in a country whose monetary currency is different from the one you know, it can quickly happen that you lose touch with the value of what you are spending. It would be a shame to have to interrupt such a great adventure because of a leak in the bank account. It is never wise to plan a route plan in advance with a budget by expense category: accommodation, food, tours, transportation, etc.
keep your head on your shoulders
Leaving is exciting, you project yourself, dream of a new life and imagine yourself the hero of a movie… This euphoria is wonderful, but it would be wise not to lose sight of reality and enjoy the exaltation without, however, getting lost. Idealizing your own adventure before leaving is dangerous and can lead to strong disillusionment and even a feeling of depression that leads some students to return home earlier than expected. ONE international mobility it’s a wonderful chance, you’ll certainly experience very strong moments of joy there, but the fact is that it’s still about everyday life and it’s possible that everything doesn’t go perfectly or that you have to deal with delicate situations.
This is not about falling into paranoia, but being forewarned and realistic. It’s always interesting to meet students have spent a year or more in host country you are targeting so that you can further discuss your personal experiences. Every adventure is unique and everyone can provide specific advice.