A Pre-Departure Check List
Preparing to study abroad isn't always easy. It can be a confusing process trying to understand what you need and where to find all the relevant information.
We've broken down some of the top things you'd need to know before diving into being an international student. It might be helpful to bookmark this post so that you can visit it again later to make sure you didn't miss anything.
finances and Scholarships
Now is a good time to save as much as you can. Although school in the UK is significantly cheaper than studying in the U.S., education is an investment.
To financially prepare we recommend looking into credit and debit card options that can be used abroad and discovering which one may be the best fit for you. If you're unsure, professionals at your bank can help you assess your options.
In terms of scholarships, many of our partner universities offer automatic scholarships for international students. In addition, it's possible to find funding outside of what the university offers. Once we get to know each other, we can help you find scholarships that fit your needs.
Since you'll be diving into university life, it's important to have a way to stay in contact with the friends you meet and those at home. Before purchasing a UK sim card, we always recommend checking with your current phone carrier to see if they have any international plans that might be the best for your situation.
Know who to ask
Before leaving on your journey, make sure you identify a point of contact at your university. This should be a person who can help you answer questions leading up to your trip and after your arrival.
Knowing how to contact this person can offer you peace of mind and save so much time and energy in the long run.
Learn about UK Culture
Choose how you'll remember your experience
There are so many ways to document your experience abroad, but choosing one will do! Don't put pressure on yourself to create something amazing. But, being able to look back on how you spent some of your days is something you can cherish forever.
Some ways you can keep track of your experience is by journaling, blogging, jumping into photography, and even videography. What's one unique way you would choose to document your experience?
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