What to Buy

Now that you have got that golden opportunity to study in your dream country, you must be excited for the experiences that await you. It is also genuine to be anxious about carrying everything that you will need there. So, here, we have compiled a list of important things you should pack in your bags for hassle-free travel and stay.

Essential things :

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Clothes and accessories as per season

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Sports clothes

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Swimsuits

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Flip FLOP

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Casual and formal shoes

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Power banks

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USB drives

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Laptop

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Medicines and toiletries

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A dictionary for the local language

Travel Document Checklist

Before you travel to your dream destination, ensure that you have the following documents in place.

Important telephone numbers and addresses you will need.

Letter of offer from the institution, final admission letter called differently like Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), Letter of Admission (LOA), Confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS) in case you have the confirmation of your airport pickup by the institution-

Passport and visa

Copy of Academic documents

Travel insurance

Medical Insurance Proofs differently called as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), National health Surcharge (NHS).

Air Ticket with passport & visa.

Accommodation information

Medical Test Receipt documents

Any Prescription you have from doctor

Financial documents

Receipts of any related payments you have made including tuition fees, health cover, living Maintenance etc.

Prescriptions to support the use of any required medications.

Recommended to have a copy of Birth certificate, credit card, enough number of passport size photographs, an international driver’s license.

Attested mark sheets and certificates and work experience letters.

Currency

Health insurance details.

Emergency contact details

Original PCC - Police Clearance Certificate if required to apply for a TRC- Temporary Residence.

Travel Document Checklist
Check-in-Luggage

Check in Luggage:

It is important that you pack your check-in luggage after proper consideration so that you are saved from any kind of trouble at the airports and immigration checks. Certain points to keep in mind while packing your check-in luggage are:

Make sure you keep everything you will need at the customs.

Label your luggage clearly with name, address, contact number and name of the institution.

Keep your passport and admission proofs handy.

It is advised to lock your luggage for safety purposes. You should also understand that this lock could be broken by the authorities, if needed for checking.

Carry sufficient cash

COVID-19 Precautions

No part of the world has remained unaffected from COVID-19. But life goes on and if you need to move abroad for study during these testing times, we’ll guide on precautions and care to be taken.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

If you are travelling during the pandemic, you should keep the following precautions in mind to protect yourself and others:

Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) away from anyone who is not from your household.

Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public meetings/engagements.

Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Do not travel if you are sick.

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What do I need to do after I travel?

There are high chances that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic or international). You could be contagious even without symptoms and have the potential of spreading the virus to others.

Regardless of where you travelled or what you did during your trip, you should follow these steps to protect others around you from getting sick:

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere -- both indoors and outdoors.

Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

Because you have a higher risk to exposure to COVID-19, take additional recommended precautions

In case, you have travelled to a destination where COVID-19 risk is high, you should also take the following steps after travel:

Stay home as much as possible.

Avoid being around people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are the abilities that help people get on with their lives and people around them better. Employers across the world look for a right mix of academic and soft skills in the candidates. Studying abroad is a great chance to develop these skills.

Interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills are the skills which we use everyday while interacting with people around us. It includes listening, speaking and questioning skills. When you choose to study abroad you will become better at conveying ideas and listening to others. Some basic skills that you improve are:

Listening

Speaking

Cultural awareness

Multicultural engagement

Empathy and the ability to relate to others

Patience

Teamwork

Through your communication, you may also be able to network, which will help you get a job back home or in a foreign country after graduation.

Mental Skills

Living in a foreign country requires you to solve several problems and issues at hand. You often need to think out of the box and develop a different perspective to things. Interaction with students belonging to different nationalities and cultures helps you develop the following mental skills.

Creative problem solving

Multidisciplinary thinking

Practical Skills

Studying abroad can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to groom certain skills that you use everyday and speak a lot about your practicality to deal with the situations.

Self-management

Self-discipline

Presentation skills

Writing skills

Coaching & mentoring skills

Personality Traits

No matter what you do or where you work, your personality will always be one of the most decisive factors in your career. Enrolling at the world-class universities can help you groom your personality to the next level.

Maturity

Self-confidence

Perseverance

Responsibility

Ambition

Initiative

Integrity

Emotional balance

Flexibility

Beware of Law

Every country has a particular set of rules for its immigrant population. These rules define the regulations for those who want to stay and work there. Therefore, it is important that you be aware about the student visa rules.

Beware of Law - Visa Rule

Work Rules for International Students:

International students who have a valid student visa get part-time working rights in many countries. You can work while the school is in session but you will have to follow all the rules and regulations. If you violate work rules, your visa can also be cancelled.

As an immigrant, you should refrain from indulging in any activities considered illegal. If found doing so, you will have to face severe consequences that can also hamper your further education in the country.

Work Rules for Family Members of International Students:

Family members who accompany students also fall under the ambit of visa rules. While the rules and conditions for them are different than those for students, it is expected that they maintain the dignity and integrity of the nation.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Insurance

International students who wish to pursue formal studies abroad should obtain health insurance as soon as they get selected. Health costs are relatively higher in other countries as compared to India. Medical expenses can take a huge financial toll on you if you do not prepare yourself in advance.

It is therefore recommended that you apply for the insurance program before moving in. While some countries like Australia support and cover the entire medical costs for its international student community, others like the US require you to obtain insurance from private providers.

You can get more details about the country specific health insurance programs on their office Home Ministry websites.

Foreign exchange tips

Exchanging currency is one major task when you are in a foreign country. While knowing the currency exchange rate is important for carrying out financial transactions in a foreign country, you should also keep yourselves informed of all the payment options available to immigrants.

Foreign exchange tips

Prepaid forex cards

Prepaid forex cards are a convenient and secure way to carry money with you. Almost all leading banks and NBFCs offer prepaid forex cards that can be used in any country around the world. These cards allow you to carry out any financial transaction with ease and safety.

Foreign currency demand draft

Foreign currency demand draft (FCDD) is one of the efficient ways to pay huge amounts like fee, accommodation charges, etc. in a foreign country. Banks in India allow you to get a Demand Draft made in the name of the beneficiary you want to transfer the money to.

Wire transfer

Wire transfers are a speedy way of sending money abroad and can be used for a variety of payments like college application fee, tuition and hostel fee, etc.

Travellers cheque

Foreign Currency Travellers Cheque makes for a convenient mode of payment and has worldwide acceptance in over 4,00,000 locations spread across 300 countries. The foreign currency travellers cheques also have signature based security, and will be cancelled if they are lost or stolen on priority.

Student Discounts on Flights

Student Discounts on Flights

In a bid to promote overseas education and movement of students across the world, several airlines offer discounts to students. These offers change from time to time and you should regularly check their offers page for more details.

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