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Tips for a student abroad!

I am a college student abroad here in the United States; I am wondering what are the general tips that could help me to have a successful college experience? #college #college-major #student #study-abroad

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Archana’s Answer


Wish you the best while you are studying abroad.

Studying abroad can be a fun and safe experience but it is important to realize that you are subject to the laws and customs of another country.

Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visa, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit.

Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency. Keep your host program informed of your whereabouts.

Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs (including medical evacuation) while you are overseas.

Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws!

Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.

While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do.

Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards.

Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money to avoid violating local laws.

When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed.

Stay focused on what you are there for and continue to do well in studies.

All the best!

Archana Jain

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Alyse’s Answer

Every person has a different definition of success. To have a positive experience in college, I would say it is very important to manage time well. The priority should be in attending classes and earning your degree. But college is not just going to class. Be sure you find activities that interest you. Join a sport or club. Find a way to socialize with others and learn about their cultures. Finally, find time for yourself to just relax every once in a while. Burn out is a real thing and happens to a lot of people. Juggling school, social events and alone time can be tough sometimes, but it is possible and can.lead to a fulfilling experience.