From dreams to reality; from luxury to a necessity, studying outside of our home-ground has been a part of Indian families from a really long time. From historical individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, to possibly fictional characters of Devdas, we have all seen people transport to a new country to grow in career opportunities and skills. For some this is one of the most important ways to grow in global exposure, as well as a new chapter to their life… While doing so, we sometimes reach a position of how to and where to start with this important transition.

Let’s consider the top 10 significant points to think before going abroad –

1. Education choice –

Since the purpose of the trip and the heavy investment is for your education, this holds the vital position in any of our thoughts. It is important to consider various tangents to the education that you are planning to study; Firstly, what is your background and how is it connected to what you are going to learn, make sure your choice of education helps you to grow beyond your current knowledge and career base. Secondly, identify how deep is your inclination in this subject and the professions that come as a part of the package. A lot of students tend to take up a particular field of study or career choice since they know of seniors or relatives who have achieved success with this choice. It is important to note that technology and skill demand is a process of continuous growth. But if you are really passionate about the program, then you will find ways to make the most of your knowledge. Don’t let a current scope and demand in a field sway your life making decision.

The education system in the country where you hail from mostly has a different pattern and it is best to get a hang of it before hand by checking the curriculum, speaking to seniors from the same university or same program. For countries where English is not the first language, it is highly recommended to get at least the basic hang of the language to be able to communicate with the locals and it is always beneficial for your job placements as well.
2. Job –

While selecting a course program, remember that it is important to identify the return of investment of the entire expenses that you take up. Look for programs that will give you growth from the current place you are at, academically as well as professionally. Employment to get a salary is one thing, but make sure it adds value to your Resume as well. Your career graph depends on it. Network with professionals in the field, it is time to graduate from Facebook to LinkedIn. Ask for opinions and experiences.
3. Why abroad?

Other than the fact that a lot of people wish to study abroad purely influenced by tradition of their family, friends, or a half-baked sugar-coated carrot, it is important to note what it has in store for you. Other than high opportunity for jobs, it gives you excellent coursework, exceptional faculty and most updated technological advancements. Do not forget the non-traditional practical application and exposure to projects than just text books as well as the global experience of the various nationalities and cultures of the world. This is a moment to understand how one can absorb from the best of the world to suit us.
4. Location –

Although location is important when considering job prospects, do not compromise on coursework or university for the possible job prospects of that city or state. You can always move to another state for your jobs, we are nomads in this foreign country anyway. Remember, higher chances of jobs also mean higher competition, so think wisely and act smartly.
5. Food –

One of the most important and valid concerns are of food. Parents are worried too about their children and their food habits, especially for vegans, vegetarians and Jain communities. At the expense of sounding full of pride, let me remind you of how we as Indians have maintained a good presence in every country of the world, especially these countries where education and job opportunities are high. There are options for Vegans and vegetarians, and most cities in the USA have a sizeable amount of Jains where roommates can be decided on the basis of food habits. Although there are little to none possibilities of Jain food availability outside, a few places can help customize your meal on the request of avoiding specific ingredients. Same goes with students who may have allergies, like of nuts and gluten, a request will help avoid such ingredients.
For the matter of carrying food material, yes you may carry pickles and homemade masalas, but they should be strictly in air tight packaging to avoid spillage.
6. Excess packaging –

Although when traveling abroad after living most of our childhood and early adulthood in India, we would want to take everything that makes us feel at home in another country, but it is important to carry only as much as essential to us. Clothes, especially winter wear, are best bought from the destination on the basis of the weather there as the clothes in India are designed to suit the weather here. Foodstuff should be limited to only as much as needed for the week or two after you arrive so that you have enough time to explore things around you to fill your groceries for the future.
7. Culture shock –

Every country has a different way of living and they have been born and brought up in this particular fashion. This differs from what we experience on a daily basis at our home. It is good to mix and mingle, but it also important to see that we care for their rituals and habits and that we do not force upon others, our ways of life. It is good to be aware of the local culture a bit beforehand so that we do not end up offending someone by use of language or actions which may be common and normal to us. Avoid racial or physical stereotyping at all costs, and if you face some your way, there are legal disciplinary actions that can be taken against such offences, rather than getting involved in it yourself.
8. Traveling with Money –

Carry currency in such a manner that does not call for mischief from others around you. Always be aware of your surroundings. It is safe to carry a few notes in cash and then in travel cards to make sure that they are safe and usable at the place of your choice. Traveller’s cheques are almost phased out and are not acceptable at most destinations.
9. Maps/apps –

While trying to take account of and exploring your surroundings, carry road maps as well as maps of the transport system. It makes things easy for you in the beginning as locations are well mapped and logged in the maps. Remember to carry a set of comfy walking shoes, as even if you are lost at any place, at least your feet are tired! Smartphones are well equipped with map applications and road maps that direct you real time and are almost 99% accurate.
10. Documentation –

Carry a set of photocopies of your I20/admit letter from the university, your passport at all times until the first few days. Your University ID card can replace that at a later stage. Carry some photocopies of your academic documentation as well. Your bank details and documents must be safely stored with you at a location easily accessible only to you.

The take away from this article is this, 11th bonus point, now is the time to be responsible and mature. Out of the safety and protection of our family, this maybe your first stint as an individual, take account of everything you do and remember to be safe than sorry. While sounding preachy, I will end this article with one small piece of advice,

Never Assume, Always research, Be prepared and also Be ready for the unexpected.

– Anagha Bailur, (Sr. Counsellor, Imperial Overseas)

Share this:

65 thoughts on “10 Important things an Indian Student has to know before going abroad”

  1. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the website is extremely good.

  3. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to swap solutions with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  4. Definitely consider that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while folks think about issues that they just do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as outlined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , other folks could take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  5. You’ve made some decent points there. I checked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

  6. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks

  7. Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Exceptional blog and fantastic design.

  8. I in addition to my buddies were found to be studying the best points found on your site and so immediately came up with a horrible feeling I never thanked the site owner for those secrets. Those men came stimulated to study all of them and have in effect truly been taking advantage of them. Appreciation for actually being quite accommodating and also for getting this kind of notable guides millions of individuals are really needing to be aware of. My sincere regret for not saying thanks to sooner.
    damian lillard shoes

  9. I wish to convey my passion for your kind-heartedness for women who absolutely need assistance with your situation. Your special dedication to passing the solution throughout ended up being rather powerful and have surely permitted many people much like me to arrive at their aims. Your entire valuable report can mean this much to me and substantially more to my mates. With thanks; from all of us.
    tory burch shoes

  10. I simply needed to appreciate you all over again. I do not know the things that I would’ve followed without those suggestions revealed by you on that industry. It seemed to be a challenging setting in my opinion, however , taking note of the skilled manner you managed it forced me to cry with joy. I am grateful for the service and hope you find out what an amazing job you’re doing instructing people today through the use of your web page. I’m certain you haven’t encountered any of us.
    Adidas NMD x White Mountaineering Trail Black

  11. I wanted to compose you this little observation in order to thank you over again considering the exceptional tricks you’ve discussed here. It is certainly open-handed with people like you to convey freely exactly what a number of us would have supplied as an ebook in order to make some cash on their own, most notably since you might well have done it if you ever decided. Those points as well served to be a fantastic way to recognize that other people online have similar dreams just as my very own to realize whole lot more pertaining to this condition. I’m certain there are numerous more enjoyable instances ahead for folks who look into your site.
    yeezy boost

  12. I wanted to send a simple remark so as to appreciate you for these fantastic hints you are sharing at this site. My prolonged internet search has at the end been paid with good strategies to talk about with my guests. I would say that we site visitors are unquestionably fortunate to be in a good website with many wonderful individuals with good hints. I feel extremely lucky to have encountered your entire website page and look forward to really more fun moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for a lot of things.
    nike roshe

  13. Fantastic website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get feedback from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!
    ferragamo shoes womens black low heel closed toe pump

  14. Thanks a lot for giving everyone an extraordinarily superb possiblity to discover important secrets from here. It is often so great and also full of a great time for me and my office acquaintances to search the blog no less than 3 times in 7 days to learn the new tips you have got. Of course, I’m usually happy considering the surprising creative concepts you give. Some 4 points on this page are particularly the most beneficial we’ve ever had.
    lacoste outlet

  15. I actually wanted to send a quick message to be able to thank you for the fabulous solutions you are writing on this website. My rather long internet look up has at the end of the day been honored with sensible tips to share with my best friends. I would believe that many of us readers actually are rather blessed to live in a very good network with so many awesome people with great tips and hints. I feel really privileged to have discovered your web pages and look forward to some more enjoyable minutes reading here. Thanks again for all the details.
    jordan retro

  16. I really wanted to write down a quick note so as to say thanks to you for some of the pleasant guides you are posting here. My rather long internet research has at the end of the day been honored with useful knowledge to talk about with my visitors. I ‘d point out that most of us readers are rather blessed to be in a great network with very many wonderful people with useful pointers. I feel somewhat grateful to have encountered your website page and look forward to plenty of more pleasurable times reading here. Thanks a lot once more for everything.

  17. I wish to convey my appreciation for your kindness in support of those who really need help on this one issue. Your special commitment to getting the solution all-around had become amazingly productive and have permitted women much like me to attain their endeavors. Your new informative tutorial can mean this much a person like me and substantially more to my fellow workers. With thanks; from all of us.
    michael kors

  18. I enjoy you because of each of your hard work on this web page. Gloria loves engaging in investigations and it’s really easy to see why. Most people notice all of the powerful ways you create important tips and tricks via the web blog and as well as strongly encourage response from other people on the area of interest and our daughter is being taught so much. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. You have been carrying out a brilliant job.
    jordan 12

  19. I have to express appreciation to this writer just for rescuing me from this matter. Right after checking throughout the the net and finding principles which are not helpful, I was thinking my entire life was gone. Being alive without the strategies to the issues you’ve fixed by way of your main website is a crucial case, and ones that would have adversely affected my entire career if I hadn’t discovered your blog. Your own personal training and kindness in dealing with all things was priceless. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I had not come across such a subject like this. I am able to now look forward to my future. Thanks very much for the expert and amazing help. I won’t be reluctant to suggest the website to any individual who should get support on this area.
    adidas eqt

  20. Thank you a lot for giving everyone such a spectacular opportunity to read in detail from this blog. It’s usually very terrific and jam-packed with a lot of fun for me and my office peers to visit your web site at least thrice per week to learn the latest guides you have got. And indeed, I’m usually motivated for the unbelievable principles you give. Some 3 tips in this article are without a doubt the finest we have ever had.
    curry 5

  21. I and my guys appeared to be examining the nice things from your website and then immediately I got an awful feeling I had not thanked the site owner for those secrets. Most of the boys became so glad to read through them and now have really been enjoying these things. Thanks for actually being considerably thoughtful and then for obtaining these kinds of nice subjects millions of individuals are really desirous to know about. My personal honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.
    hogan outlet

  22. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.
    ferragamo pumps price singapore

  23. I am writing to let you be aware of of the nice encounter my friend’s daughter undergone going through your web site. She figured out too many issues, which included how it is like to possess a marvelous coaching heart to have many people clearly fully understand a number of grueling subject matter. You truly exceeded my expected results. Thank you for delivering these interesting, trustworthy, edifying and also unique tips on your topic to Mary.
    adidas superstar shoes

  24. My wife and i got absolutely relieved Emmanuel managed to complete his preliminary research while using the precious recommendations he had out of the blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply choose to be giving away tricks that the others may have been trying to sell. And we all fully grasp we need the blog owner to give thanks to because of that. Those explanations you made, the simple site navigation, the relationships your site assist to create – it’s got most spectacular, and it’s aiding our son in addition to the family feel that the concept is amusing, and that is really vital. Thanks for all the pieces!
    yeezy boost

  25. Needed to put you that tiny word so as to thank you once again just for the magnificent techniques you’ve discussed on this website. This is simply remarkably generous of people like you to offer openly all that many of us would’ve distributed as an ebook to earn some money for themselves, notably now that you might have done it if you ever considered necessary. These tactics in addition worked to become a great way to understand that some people have similar eagerness similar to my very own to find out a little more in respect of this matter. I believe there are lots of more pleasurable sessions ahead for folks who go through your blog post.
    golden goose

  26. I wanted to jot down a brief comment so as to appreciate you for the fantastic points you are giving out here. My rather long internet investigation has now been compensated with good knowledge to exchange with my colleagues. I ‘d suppose that we website visitors actually are quite endowed to be in a fantastic website with very many special individuals with good pointers. I feel very much blessed to have used your weblog and look forward to some more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks again for everything.

  27. I needed to put you this tiny word in order to give many thanks the moment again about the wonderful tricks you have shared on this site. It is so wonderfully open-handed with you to deliver easily all that some people could possibly have sold for an ebook to generate some cash for themselves, especially given that you might have done it in case you wanted. Those creative ideas also served to become a easy way to realize that the rest have the same eagerness just like my personal own to know somewhat more on the subject of this condition. I am certain there are thousands of more pleasant situations up front for people who take a look at your blog.
    kyrie shoes

  28. My wife and i have been really joyful that Edward managed to conclude his reports by way of the precious recommendations he came across out of your weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to just be giving for free secrets and techniques which usually people today could have been making money from. And we also acknowledge we now have the writer to be grateful to for this. Those illustrations you’ve made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships you give support to promote – it’s got mostly superb, and it’s leading our son in addition to our family feel that this subject is cool, which is especially important. Thank you for the whole thing!
    adidas ultra boost

  29. My spouse and i have been quite satisfied when Louis managed to do his basic research through your precious recommendations he grabbed using your blog. It is now and again perplexing to just happen to be giving away tips some others may have been trying to sell. And we all acknowledge we now have the blog owner to be grateful to for that. These illustrations you have made, the straightforward web site navigation, the friendships you will make it possible to create – it’s got mostly overwhelming, and it is aiding our son in addition to our family reason why that subject matter is enjoyable, and that’s especially essential. Thank you for the whole thing!

  30. I must express my thanks to this writer just for rescuing me from this trouble. After looking out through the internet and finding basics that were not powerful, I believed my entire life was over. Being alive without the presence of answers to the issues you’ve fixed through your good site is a crucial case, as well as those that would have adversely affected my entire career if I had not noticed the website. Your personal capability and kindness in handling a lot of things was valuable. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a stuff like this. I can at this moment look ahead to my future. Thank you very much for the professional and amazing help. I won’t hesitate to propose your site to anybody who should get assistance on this problem.
    reebok outlet

  31. My wife and i ended up being really comfortable Ervin managed to deal with his web research through the ideas he acquired out of the web pages. It’s not at all simplistic just to be giving away hints which other people could have been making money from. And we consider we need the writer to appreciate because of that. The most important illustrations you have made, the simple blog navigation, the friendships you can make it possible to engender – it’s got most exceptional, and it’s facilitating our son and the family imagine that the matter is exciting, and that is exceedingly serious. Thank you for everything!
    curry 4

  32. I would like to show some appreciation to you just for rescuing me from this situation. As a result of searching throughout the internet and getting concepts which are not pleasant, I believed my life was done. Living without the answers to the problems you have fixed through your entire report is a critical case, and the kind which might have badly damaged my career if I hadn’t come across your web site. Your main knowledge and kindness in handling every part was helpful. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a solution like this. I can at this point look ahead to my future. Thank you so much for the skilled and effective help. I won’t be reluctant to recommend your blog to anyone who should have care on this subject.
    air max

  33. A lot of thanks for all of the effort on this website. My mom take interest in participating in research and it is easy to understand why. Most people notice all relating to the powerful means you provide very important secrets via this web blog and in addition foster response from other ones about this subject and our favorite princess is in fact discovering so much. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the year. You’re the one carrying out a pretty cool job.
    jordan 4

  34. I truly wanted to make a simple remark to be able to thank you for all of the awesome guides you are showing at this site. My rather long internet investigation has now been honored with extremely good know-how to talk about with my visitors. I would assert that we visitors are truly blessed to be in a fabulous network with many awesome professionals with helpful tricks. I feel quite fortunate to have discovered the web page and look forward to some more fabulous moments reading here. Thanks again for a lot of things.
    yeezy boost 350 v2

  35. I’m also commenting to let you understand of the terrific encounter my wife’s girl went through using your site. She mastered many pieces, which included what it’s like to have a marvelous helping heart to make other folks very easily understand several very confusing matters. You really surpassed people’s desires. I appreciate you for giving the valuable, trustworthy, educational and in addition easy tips about your topic to Tanya.
    jordan shoes

  36. I simply wished to appreciate you yet again. I am not sure the things that I might have used without the type of smart ideas contributed by you relating to such theme. It truly was an absolute challenging difficulty in my opinion, but spending time with a professional technique you resolved that made me to cry with happiness. I’m just happier for this advice and thus pray you recognize what an amazing job you’re carrying out training others with the aid of your web site. Most likely you’ve never got to know any of us.
    jordan shoes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *