6 Things To Do While Waiting To Study Abroad

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6 Things To Do While Waiting To Study Abroad

While getting accepted to a University of choice is blissful, waiting till you board your flight to study abroad could be tedious. Different universities follow different schedules and there could be a significant wait from the time students get their admission letters to the time they are leaving their hometown. The wait could stretch for a few months, and students might be unsure about making the most of the delay. Today, we share a few efficient ways to manage this time to prepare for the journey ahead:

  • Upskilling:

This could be the perfect time to gain additional skills under your hat. Getting short specialized certifications that might come in handy later could be a great way to utilize time while waiting for your flight. One can find numerous courses and certifications online.  Platforms now have courses for beginner to advanced levels for all major fields of studies ranging from Machine Learning and Data Science to Business Management and Sports Science. Selecting a course that could be used later as an asset and add value could be beneficial.

  • Research:

Students could also use this time to research more about the university and the city. They could also learn more about things to explore not just in studies but also in co-curricular and social activities. One should also have more knowledge about the ecology and geological terrain of the area.

  • Foreign Culture & Language:

Leaving your native land and moving to a new country might seem like a difficult task. Understanding the culture and learning about the local language helps students settle in quickly in new surroundings. Universities typically have a brief description of the city on the web pages. Learning more about the cultural and historical heritage of the place could help in settling quickly.

  • Finance:

Many students and their parents take a lot of financial strain to pursue their dream courses. The cost of living is high in developed countries. Although many Universities provide scholarships to students to ease the course fee, they are limited. Students could learn about the opportunities for part-time jobs on the college campus or in the areas in the neighborhood. Taking a part-time job could help bear the operational expenses and give a precursor for more prominent roles!

Getting a hostel room is an immense challenge students face abroad, and researching and learning a bit more about rents and the standard of living could help a lot in planning ahead.

  • Preparing for the course:

Another great way to spend time while waiting could be to get ahead and prepare the subjects ahead of time. Resources are available in plenty on the internet, and given efficient utilization, upskilling could prove to be highly beneficial to students when they join their Universities. Trying to get in touch with other peers or alumni could open new horizons and approaches. Learning about a career abroad paths and varied approaches seniors have taken could help set a benchmark and show a way ahead. 

One doesn’t necessarily have to follow someone else’s path, but understanding different approaches will help prepare for the future while giving a fresh perspective on things.

  • Apply For Scholarships:

Learn more about the available scholarships. Most of the universities have their sponsorships listed on their websites. Research more if there are any government scholarships available to apply. Succeeding in securing a scholarship might help in getting a lot of financial strain of the shoulder. 

While these are not hard and fast rules to be followed, being aware of them certainly helps prepare students for their college life better. These habits could also help to settle the building anxiety and excitement while giving immense clarity on the life coming ahead. 

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