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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Studying Abroad - Quick Do's and Don'ts!

An useful guide that tells Indian students about the essential do's and don'ts of studying abroad

11 Oct 2017 4.4K Book icon 2 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Studying Abroad - Quick Do's and Don'ts!

Be it the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore or New Zealand, each country offers its own set of challenges (both academic and cultural) to foreign students. Here are some quick tips on how you can survive your stay abroad while excelling in your academic pursuits too. You may call the below pointers as typical do’s and don’ts while studying abroad.

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First things first…the do’s

  1. Respect your host country and ask as many questions as possible as many times as possible. This helps you know more about the other country and learn a lot about local cultures. You might feel shy in the beginning but shake it off and be open slowly. Remember this is the best time to learn since no one is going to stop you from asking questions.
  2. Travel and meet the locals. Eat the local food and see some of the picturesque places around. Carry a journal with you and note down all your amazing experiences that you might encounter while travelling.
  3. Do work hard smart. Nobody will penalise you for bunking classes, but nothing can replace the value of a live face-to-face interaction with your faculty. As long as you maintain an above average GPA, you are free to enjoy campus life. Learn to think independently and use the available academic resources effectively.
  4. Do cook at home. Eating out every day is a definite shortcut to obesity. So cooking is the cheapest and healthiest way of living abroad. Do buy some ingredients and make an effort to cook, whether you choose to live off-campus or on-campus. Occasionally, do learn how to live on noodles and salads.
  5. Do buy student medical insurance. Though many universities have made it mandatory for international students to pay for medical insurance, it’s definitely in your own best interests. Medical assistance is expensive abroad. You can also take all the over-the counter drugs you are used to from India to avoid buying them there.
  6. Do network. The more contacts you have, the more likely you are to find a good job faster. Keep building your contacts and work consciously on broadening your network in the professional and social areas. These contacts will come handy when you are looking out for a part-time job while studying or a full-time one after graduation.
  7. Do take care of your health because if your health fails you won't go anywhere, especially when you don’t have your near and dear ones around you.

Now...the don’ts

  1. Don’t fall prey to homesickness. You are not the only one who’s studying abroad; there are many other students like you who have come abroad for the first time. So don’t give up saying you miss the home-cooked food or you feel nauseated in the foreign crowd. Don’t forget you have spent a lot of money so you should work really hard to get the desired ROI post your studies.
  2. Don’t just befriend anyone. You need to be alarmed when it comes to befriend strangers, especially when you feel you can’t act vulnerable with some people around you and you need your own time to gel with them.
  3. Don’t just spend money on everything new that you see around. Try to plan your finances and tell yourself you’ll restrict all unnecessary expenses.
  4. Don’t indulge too much in clubs and parties. Given that there are a number of clubs and organisations at your university campus or city, you should not go overboard and spend most of your time partying around; instead of completing your assignments or projects.

Are you planning to make your own list of do’s and don’ts of studying abroad? Why don’t you share some tips with us?

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