Guidelines: Embarking on a trip to study abroad?
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Embarking on a trip to study abroad?
Pre-departure meetings can help you shed your inhibitions and prepare you for
the experience the unknown holds.
Chitradeepa A.: After having steadfastly
tried for admissions in universities abroad for over a year and having
succeeded, now it is time for students to get ready for departure. Advice
and suggestions on which airline to fly, what to pack and where to stay will
come in from all quarters. Invariably, students do get confused at the last
moment and get desperate too.
Pre-departure briefings are valuable source of information for students
going abroad. Such briefings provide them with required information and also
clarify certain country-specific doubts they may have. Travel,
accommodation, food, weather, clothing, packing, banking, medical facility,
insurance, local transport and academic culture are the areas where students
have plenty of questions during such sessions.
“At the pre-departure meetings students generally get their doubts
pertaining to practical, cultural and academic information cleared. Students
going abroad for higher education should attend such orientation meetings
and educate themselves and be fully prepared for a whole new experience. ”,
says Sudha Sudeep, of Study in Holland, Chennai.
“These days students going to universities overseas are very well-informed.
Thanks to social networking sites and blogs, students network well. Even
before they left India, a group of students I met recently, made their
Christmas vacation travel plan via Facebook with five other students from
India, going to Germany,” says Padmavathi Chandramouli of German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD), Chennai.
While much of the general information is available online, students flock to
these pre-departure meeting with the goal of networking.
“Networking is a must when you study in a foreign country. Apart from
providing you an opportunity to travel to another city or another country to
meet up with friends, you can find an opportunity to do internships in
another university. A good networking has immense benefits,” says Naveen
Chopra, of The Chopras, an education consultancy. Meeting alumni and
interacting with other students who have secured admissions in various other
universities is exciting for students going abroad.
Read the full
article from the Hindu