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Getting ready to study abroad

Posted: September 28 2020

Lynn, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc

Whether you're a student coming to London, or a British citizen moving somewhere afar for school, one question remains the same - what will it be like studying in a foreign country?

This gives way into several other questions; what will the onboarding process be like? Will I fit in? Will I get homesick? As such, here are a few tips I've given to prospective students leading up to their potential move to studying abroad.

Have all of your documents ready

You might have to wait to hear back from the clearing processors for several months, or it could be a few days. Know what documents you need to procure and where to get them efficiently - it will save you loads of time later!

Research the area and compare it to how things currently are to your current lifestyle

Things could end up being very different to the world you currently know, and some things might still be a comfort from home.

Look into new hobbies and keep some old ones

On-campus activities are a great way to have fun and meet new people!

Make sure your source of funding is solidified and reliable

The last thing you want to worry about during your first few months abroad is whether or not you can afford food through your loans/bursary/savings/etc. Additionally, make sure to open a bank account to receive local income and bursary as well.

Make a packing list and be thorough when using it

You don't want to miss anything you might regret leaving many miles from home! This includes basic things such as rain gear for England and swimwear for the beaches, to more important things such as passport, visa, and other documents. If you're going into the countryside, pack boots and similar gear, and if you're staying in the city, have comfortable shoes and accessories.

Check where you'll be living

Brunel has a fantastic Facebook page for finding roommates, and the university can also help you find accommodation if you don't want to rent privately.

Check your technology

Make sure all last-minute repairs are done on your phone (including unlocking it) and other personal devices. Additionally, look into internet/phone plans as well. Most plans just involve a SIM card these days.

Sort out your flight

Once you've got all of that sorted out, it's time to book your flights and secure your luggage. Make sure it suits all your needs, and remember to consider jet-lag as well.

Remember to enjoy yourself and these wonderful opportunities along the way! These are just a few tips and tricks to get you started on your adventure.