Your life as a student isn’t only about studying! There are many other practical things that you need to know in order to make your student life a bit easier, leaving you more time to take part in all the fun after school activities. Here are a few tips and tricks from us to you to help you make the most of your student life.
We have some valuable tips and tricks for you!
Trust us when we say we know everything there is to know about studying! We have a team of professionals who have studied and worked all around the globe both full time and on exchange, and every one of us could write a masters thesis on student life both national and international. Luckily, a lot of elements of studying in higher education are very similar, so here are a few basics to help you get started:
First of all, whenever you are looking for a place to study, should you use university rankings to find a place to study? There are plenty of top lists for you to choose from, but a lot of them are lacking in terms of student satisfaction. We got you covered there! Use our Study Advisory Popularity Rating filter in our university search engine to sort universities based on their student reviews.
Whenever you have found a great school to apply for, come back to get some great inside information on what to do after you have been accepted to a university.
The most important thing that you need to find after you have found the right university and program for you is a place to live. The staff at your university will gladly assist you with tips and tricks on finding an affordable and nice place to stay, either in a university dorm, student apartment housing, sources for private housing, or even homestay.
We suggest for you to start looking for accommodation as early as possible after you have received your acceptance letter. Weigh your options. You should always know beforehand exactly what is included in your housing of choice. Some accommodation can be furnished and can even include extras such as Internet access, water and electricity, washing and drying rooms, or even a gym.
Make sure that you fully understand your housing contract before signing it, and if in doubt, make sure you consult with your university for tips and advice.
Read more about our tips for accommodation.
Health and safety
Once you have a cozy place of your own, you may want to look ahead a bit about your future life during your studies. Make sure you are up to date on all the locally suggested vaccinations, and make sure that any and all prescription medication is accessible to you while you study.
Many universities will have a school nurse for you to consult with. It is always worth checking in with them first before heading to public or private healthcare providers, as the school nurse may be able to assist you either at a reduced price or free of charge. They may also be able to secure you a Dr. visit quicker than the average waiting room.
Keep in mind the local emergency phone number and the nearest hospital. It doesn’t hurt to keep a basic first aid kit on hand for the odd sniffles and study induced headaches!
Keep a great medical insurance plan up your sleeve for the chance of unexpected medical bills. Make sure you fully understand what you are covered for. Copays are common in medical insurance, so make sure you know how much you have to pay out of pocket for your medical care before committing to a specific plan. Paying for a medical insurance plan can seem tedious, but it almost always pays off in the end. Better safe than sorry! When on the road and on exchange, we personally love World Nomads.
Staying safe while you study is not only about your medical insurance. There may be a few other unwanted surprises that pop up during your studies, and having a look at this list about how to stay safe while you study is great way to stay two steps ahead.
Lastly, it’s easy to get caught up in your studies and lose yourself, especially during the first year when you are trying to catch your balance. Check out our tips on how to manage study related stress if you are feeling the burn.
When in Rome …
Whether on exchange or full time, studying abroad is a life changing experience! Before getting too wrapped up in the exciting vibes, take a moment to think about any paperwork you may need to manage before or during your time abroad.
First and foremost, don’t forget your passport! It’s kind of hard to forget that, with all the awesome stamps you will be collecting, but just make sure it is valid for the entire period of your studies, or that you know how to apply for a renewal from abroad. Look for your countries embassy in the country of your university, or look for one in a neighbouring country. They will be able to assist you with all passport inquiries.
Many countries in the world require some type of visa or permit for long-term students. You will be able to find all the information you need about these visas or permits, as well as about the application process and fees on the official immigration webpage of the country in which you will be studying in. You can also ask for tips and tricks from the international affairs staff at your university. Trust us, we know they are professionals when it comes to visas and permits.
Do invest in travel insurance. Travel insurance can cover you for anything from medical costs, lost luggage, accidents or flight cancellations. You always want to be covered for the unexpected, and having a good travel insurance policy is the first step in securing yourself both on your way to and in a foreign land.
And last but not least …
Let loose, and have some fun!!!
You are now ready to enter one of the most amazing chapters of your life, so just remember, your time during your studies is what you make of it. Use this time to its fullest potential, and take every opportunity which comes your way while it lasts. Be active in groups and after school activities either hosted by the university, a university group or by the local public in general. These memories truly last forever!
If you are in need of a little bit of inspiration to take the leap of studying in a foreign place, let these experiences of others who chose to study abroad guide you in the right direction. As the majority of our team has studied abroad more than once, we approve this message!
P.S. If you need some help to convince your parents that studying abroad is worth it, Check out our Guide for Study Abroad Parents, and pass it on to them! You might find it will help ease their mind into letting you go explore that big world that’s out there waiting for you.