Studying abroad has become the ‘it’ thing for the current generations! And we are sure nobody is complaining about it, well except their parents! Going Study abroad has a lot of pros like getting exposure to different cultures, becoming independent, and adulting by yourself but also has cons like living alone, financial pressure, studying-managing home balance, etc. You are quite literally outside of your comfort zone and have no option but to make the best of it!  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can change their lives for the better! So wouldn’t it be helpful if you know early on some of the do’s and don’ts that can make this journey a little easier?

Do’s

  1. Research very well: We spoke about this in our ‘Your guide to studying abroad’ blog as well, that’s how important it is! When we say research everything we do not only mean the college and the program, but small details like the culture, weather, location, tourist attractions, kind of people there, and things like that. You may/ may not have lectures every day, so it is essential that there are at least a few things in the city you enjoy for leisure. Take a look at the ranking of the course in general and for your subject, talk to the faculty there, and if possible the alumni too! Collecting this information will make it easier for you to decide on a college. 
  1. Start early: If you have always wanted to go abroad, then you may have done some research and got your documents, marks, finances, etc in order early on. But if that’s not the case, then we recommend starting at least 3-4 months before you have to fill out applications. Take this time to gather all the documents you need, and give the required tests like GRE/ IELTS/SAT, etc. Trust us, doing this will reduce the overwhelming feeling when it all piles up. 
  1. Make backup plans- Rejection is always devastating and can undermine your confidence. However, giving up is not an option. One should always have a backup plan of action in place since you cannot predict which doors will open and which will not. If one door closes, another will open, but how can you know when you’ll be able to knock? You should not put all of your eggs in one basket because one bad experience does not necessarily indicate the end of your journey.

 If a UK institution rejects your application today, it does not mean you are completely out of possibilities for Study abroad other universities around the world; always set up backup plans so you can be prepared. If you are applying to highly competitive universities, like IVY colleges, or reputable universities like Oxford, UCL, MIT, etc then definitely have a backup plan. There are students from all over the globe eyeing that spot and only the best get in. Make sure you are positive about your application but don’t be overconfident. Whatever is best for you will happen.

Dont’s : 

  1. Don’t try to copy/imitate others: There are so many other opportunities in life where you can imitate or do something just cause ‘someone’ else did. This is not one of those. Going abroad should only be your decision to make, right from the university you choose to the program, make sure it is for your betterment. Don’t make any choices just to impress someone, justify yourself, rebel, imitate, or for any other reason. It may seem all easy and dreamy in your head but when it comes to living and studying what you don’t like for a year it is not easy. You will end up having a bad time and complaining at every point after you have paid so much! 
  1. Don’t treat it like a vacation: We agree that going someplace new warrants exploration, photos, relaxation, etc. But do not forget your main reason to be there- your studies! Learn to create a balance between academics and exploring your city, to make the most of your time there. Maybe create a reward system- studying for xyz hours and making memories for x number of hours! Traveling will teach you things you didn’t know you needed. When studying abroad, not everyone has the resources or the opportunity to travel. Make sure you devote enough time to your study.
  1. Don’t assume:  When we say this, we mean DO NOT assume ANYTHING! Please don’t assume you will have it easy, don’t assume your visa is guaranteed, and don’t assume you are alone in this either! There are tons of students going to the same country as you, talk to them, share your concerns, and find solace in being together on the same boat. Never be afraid to ask for help, your university will definitely have a support group for international students. Being away from home is difficult and they understand that. Similarly do not think that your visa is guaranteed just cause you got into a university. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you should begin applying for your visa sincerely and maintain regular communication with the Embassy of the nation to which you applied. There are many cases where students don’t receive their visa on the first go, so don’t assume you will get it easily. 

There are tons of things that can go wrong, so be prepared with a backup for everything small! It helps if you have an agency looking out for you, and guiding the process then it does get fairly easy on. And if you are looking for one, we got you! Unified Sports caters to all your needs so write from building your CV to visa, we do our best to get you the best! 

Looking to take the next step in your education and athletic journey? If so, you might be considering study abroad programs and your dream sports college. Don’t wait any longer, take action now and make that dream a reality! Contact us today to learn how we can help you make your dream come true. Let’s turn your study abroad and sports dreams into a reality! We help aspirants like you turn your dream into reality.

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