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Some tips for International Students by Manish Abraham

posted 27 Jan 2013, 07:16 by Manish Abraham   [ updated 16 Mar 2013, 08:09 ]

I am Manish Abraham these are few tips that should help you to get adjusted in the new atmosphere, Please like the page if you like the post. If you want to read what to carry click here.

Some Tips from personal experience for International students to survive while studying.. 

Try to learn the local language

    Though the course will be in English it is advised that you learn the local language for the country you are applying to. It is really important to get involved with the local people and also in finding a job after you course.

Planning and organisation are key

    Erasmus paperwork can build up very quickly and not keeping on top of it can mean a lot of last minute stress, panic-searching for long lost forms and problems with your application. When I applied for Austria I got my offer visa issued from London and it took me a lot of paper work, Most of the Universities will be asking for an appostiled set of documents, Appostiling is a thing which makes your documents legal outside your country as per the Hague convention.   Working out what you need to do on arrival beforehand is also useful so you don’t find yourself walking round aimlessly and receiving e-mails from Erasmus co-ordinators chasing up documents. 

manish suggests skype to be carried

    An exhausted word in the student’s vocabulary is Skype and there’s no denying its brilliance. This blessing of technology has allowed me to keep up with or catch-up on everything that has been happening at home and assure my friends and family, For me in Austria I have got a local number which calls India for free, I will explain about it below.


    I would recommend you to start your conversation with any of the students the first day you reach there, don’t hide away in your room, especially in the first few weeks, you will have some best experiences during the first few weeks. You will meet a lot of people, just remember everyone is new and no one can judge anything in the first two weeks, I can tell you from my experience that the friends I made in the first few weeks in both England and Austria are still the ones who always stay in touch.  Obviously you make more friends but the speed will be less may be 10 in one day but in the first few days you will make hundreds.

Finding things to do and get involved

    Of course, you are there to study but your time abroad will be filled with far more memories if you line up a few experiences! Travel, join a sports club and/or attend as many cultural events in your area as possible and before you know it, you’ll have day trips, festivals and mad weekends to talk about until you’re grey and old. I would also recommend that you also show take pictures of every single event so that it can be in your memory throughout.

Look after your health

    There will be copious amounts of alcohol, wholesome square meals can tend to become less of a priority and you will more than likely develop a sleeping pattern that no longer resembles a pattern. Attend as many events as you can, experience as much as possible and fight tiredness whenever your body will allow; but give your body enough rest Generally you will have a health insurance get registered as soon as possible.

 Bank Accounts

    Normally bank accounts are free for students, In Europe you have to pay a regular fee to banks if you are not students. I think for scholarship students it should be done by the university.Whether you plan to live off your debit card or want to mostly use cash, decide a set amount of money to spend the first few weeks. It is normally the first few weeks when you spend the most as you normally do not realize, During my bachelors in England I faced this problem but presently in Austria I am not facing this issue as you understand it then. That will also help you get used to the value of the foreign currency compared to what you're used to spending at home.

Youth Savings

    Most of the European countries have great offer for the Youth (generally under 26) you normally get 50 % off for travel as well as many other things. Get a youth rail card (19 euros) if you want to travel it generally gives you a 50 % off on any train in your country.

    Consider buying a monthly bus or subway (Underground, Metro) pass! Most public transportation, especially in Europe, is highly efficient and you'll love it. The Cabs are really expensive, a tip you could always share a cab with a few of your friends.

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    Keep your passport and other important documents safely hidden. Once you get your residence card I would suggest never carry original documents with you, you will be issued with a student card, just carry a photocopy of passport in your wallet. It is pretty long procedure if you loose your passport because you also have to get a new visa. 

A list of things to carry while you study abroad by Manish Abraham

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