To-do List After Acquiring Student Visa
The process of study abroad plan does not end with getting the visa itself. There are many things after landing the visa that need to be taken care of by the aspiring students before they finally land in a foreign university.
Know your university – the faculties, the offices, the locations, the people to contact, the facilities provided, the associations, the clubs etc. really well. Learn how much ever you can about the city/ town / state – its topography, people, ethnicities, ethos and etiquettes, lingos and expressions, climatic conditions, customs, festivals, celebrations, landmarks, regions – where the university is located because it would help you to have an easier transition. To get all the information, you can either browse the university’s website or write emails to the university’s International office or even ask for its brochures. You can contact alumni as well. You should also inform the concerned university official about your visa result.
Learn skills and systems
Certain skills could prove to be inevitable. For instance, cooking!! Though it may sound trivial, but food and cooking could be a grave issue in a foreign land especially if you are vegetarian. Also, food and meals in and off-campus are often expensive and might not suit and Indian palate. So, the best way is to learn to cook and prepare meals for yourself. It is true that you won’t have time to spare for many of the activities, but unless you would eat well, you won’t be able to give your best to your pursuits and endeavors. Therefore, cooking according to your palate is an important skill you must learn. Also, you must be familiar with systems such as banking, laundry, shopping, billing, driving, parking, etc. which can be very disparate from India’s. Knowing these things would help you in having an easier transition and a smoother stay.
Get foreign currency
Getting foreign currency is very important and vital aspect of the commencement of studies abroad. You need money mainly for tuition fees and living expenses. First, analyze your total expenses at least for a semester. Get the exact information of the total amount of fees due on arrival to the university campus. You may subtract the amount of fees already paid from the dues. It is better to get a DD (demand draft) of the fee amount or go for Telegraphic money transfer rather than carrying money in cash or card. Carry as less amount in cash as possible and more in electronic money or DD. You can get the requisite currency from nationalized or private banks or companies such as Thomas cook etc. It is recommended to get currency at the earliest for proper rates and availability of the right currency.
Get medical tests and procedures done
Visit your family doctor / physician and get his/her sign on the health form provided by the university. If university does not issue any form then get a letter from the doctor on his/ her letterhead stating the vaccination and the date on which it is taken with his sign and stamp. Take hepatitis-B vaccines, Tetanus toxoid and other required vaccines. Get the chest X-ray (PA View), blood tests, etc. done. Take special attention to visit an ophthalmologist (whether you are having any eye problem or not), a dentist and a trichologist or a dermatologist because eyes, teeth and hair are not covered under mediclaim insurance. Take whole file of medical records to the university.
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