Things to Know Before Studying Abroad As A Student

There are so much reasons to study abroad. Studying abroad comes with a lot of of its challenges and advantages. In a rapidly shrinking world, it’s an opportunity more accessible than ever before. Whether you’re heading abroad as an underrepresented student or not, you may feel concerned about the potential bias or prejudice you may face during your time abroad. Underrepresented students are students who lack the opportunities of more privileged demographics, typically constituting a mere fraction of a campus’ student body.  Here are the things to know when about studying abroad;

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Cultural-tone Abroad

Diversity can encompass many groups, but most colleges/universities focus on racial/ethnic minorities, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and non-traditional students. However, while you may not be considered diverse or a minority at home, you are likely to experience your identity differently while abroad. The more you know about the culture, customs, and laws of your desired host country, the better.

some cultures just aren’t that receptive to, or accepting of, every underrepresented individual. Just be aware that, like in America, there are far right movements sprouting up all over Europe which can make life miserable. Don’t isolate yourself and just hope for someone to come along. You have to take responsibility for yourself because you’re now a young adult.

 Learn about food and drink safety.

One of the joys of traveling is trying the foods and beverages of the country you are visiting. Before trying the local delicacies, it’s in your best interest to research any potential health hazards related to food and drink.

Budgeting and finances

This may not be something that’s constantly on your mind when your parents are around but while studying abroad, you need to be aware of your monetary circumstances and budgeting. Just like your mobile service provider, make sure your bank knows what’s up before you leave so they don’t decline your payments when you’re buying something. Banking in a foreign country is quite different than what you are used to in Nigeria. You may not be able to use your ATM card or credit card the way you do at home. The easiest way around this is to set up a bank account once you arrive. In doing so, you can have your money nearby and a way to access it quickly. Check with your study abroad advisory to find out what you need to open an account.

Phone plan

This is absolutely essential when studying abroad. You never know if you’ll suddenly need to make a call at the airport, use your data for Google Maps, or search for information like a taxi company. Before you travel, check with your mobile phone provider if they have international plans with the country you’re moving to and if it’s still affordable.

Decide what you want to see and do.

Going abroad to study can be more than just going to school in a different country. You will have the opportunity to tour famous sites, museums and recreation areas. Research what you want to see and do while you’re abroad. If you are not sure you have enough money, make a budget so you can save up to do what you want. There are a variety of travel guides available; some are geared specifically to students traveling abroad.

Know what to do in case of an emergency.

Prior to leaving on your trip, find out how to contact the police, the fire department and any other emergency service available in your host country. Additionally, Know how to find the embassy.You should know where the closest Nigerian embassy is in case of trouble. Keep the phone number handy as well. Consular services are always available 24/7. It’s a good idea to have a list of emergency numbers available just in case you need it. Include the numbers of trusted local contacts, your parents, your school,

Stay in touch with your friends and family.

Stay in touch with your family and friends in the U.S. while you’re abroad by using video chat programs, such as Google Hangout or Skype. Your cell phone might work in another country, but if not, you may be able to get a cell phone locally. Otherwise, you can buy an international calling card to use for phoning home. Being able to talk to your family and friends can go a long way in staving off homesickness.

Social customs.

It may be perfectly OK for men and women to be platonic friends in the Nigeria, but it might not be acceptable elsewhere. To avoid awkward situations, find out as much as you can about local customs before heading overseas. Remember to consider language barriers. Even though you might know the language of the country you are visiting, there are still chances for misunderstanding. Tell people exactly where you’re going. Someone you know might have family, friends or another local connection that could end up teaching you about the dos and don’t to avoid stories that touch🤪.

In all know that you can never plan everything but as soon as you arrive your destination things will begin to fall in place. Thanks for reading please click the share button to pass the message across

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