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Cherry Tree's guide to Preparing for Studying Abroad


Usually, 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. Here are some tips prepared by the Office of Overseas Services to help keep you prepared and safe.

Although most trips abroad are trouble-free, we have to be prepared for all kinds of contingencies. It will go a long way in avoiding the possibility of serious trouble. Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before you travel.


Preparing for your trip abroad

Apply early for your passport and, if necessary, any visas. Passports are required to enter and/or depart from most countries around the world. Apply for a passport as soon as possible. Some countries also require citizens to obtain visas before entering. Most countries require visitors who are planning to study or work abroad to obtain visas before entering. Check with the embassy of the foreign country that you are planning to visit for an up-to-date visa and other entry requirements.

Learn about the countries that you plan to visit.

Before leaving, take the time to do some research about the people and their culture, and any problems that the country is experiencing that may affect your travel plans. With the help of the internet, gather information on each country's culture, history, geography, economy, government, and current political situation.

Learn especially about the lifestyle of the local people. Their dress, and their food matters a lot. If you learn to dress as they do, it will make life easier. Find out what kind of food they eat and how they eat so that you don't feel like an alien when you finally reach there. Learning a few words of the local language will be very helpful in making friends and in learning to survive in a new land. All of these will help in easing culture shock.

Information Sheets on the internet give up-to-date travel information on any country in the world that you plan to visit. They cover topics such as entry regulations, the crime and security situation, drug penalties, road conditions, and the location of the Indian embassy, consulates, and consular agencies.

Check for Travel Warnings and Public Announcements.

Travel Warnings recommend citizens defer travel to a country because of dangerous conditions. Public Announcements provide fast-breaking information about relatively short-term conditions that may pose risks to the security of travellers.

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