Heading overseas to study is a big step. But it marks a major transition, not only in terms of your education but your personal development as well, as you undertake this new path. Barclay Educational has more than a decade of experience in helping to place students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies overseas in the UK, France and Germany. So this September, we thought we would share some helpful tips that we’ve gathered over the years to make the experience less stressful!
1. Bring ALL of your documents with you to the airport when you travel over to begin your school year. This includes all of the financial documents, bank statements, CAS letter and anything else that was required when you applied for your Student Visa. This will help lessen the chance that there are any last minute hitches in clearing Customs once you land and are trying to enter the country. Make sure you keep these documents in a place that is readily accessible, rather than packing them deep in your luggage. Chances are that you won’t need to show them, but occasionally students are asked so better safe than sorry.
2. Bring at least one familiar thing with you to help you settle in. Have some favourite photos of your friends or family? A stuffed animal you’ve had since you were a kid? Anything which will help the new place feel like YOUR place is recommended. It is easiest to buy a lot of the things you might need once you are over there, but it’s worth leaving that bit of extra room in your suitcase to make sure you have that special thing that makes you feel more comfortable.
3. Take part in Orientation. Some students think that the first day of class is the most important start date, but Orientation can help make or break your experience. You will meet new friends who will be with you for the next year or more, as well as getting to know your new community and how to get around the area. Don’t skip this step no matter how tired or jet-lagged you are! It will pay off in the first few weeks so things don’t seem so strange and unfamiliar.
4. Make use of the University Staff and Student Help Centers. If you find that you are having difficulty settling into your studies or even personally, make sure you take advantage of the help that is available. All universities tend to assign a personal tutor to students. In addition there are always facilities, both on and off campus, where staff can refer you if you are having any difficulties. Don’t be shy about asking for help! You won’t be the first.
Barclay Educational hopes that you have an enjoyable and enriching experience overseas and wishes you much success in your studies. Know someone from Canada who wants to apply to study overseas? Please let them know they can contact us to find the perfect program and for free application assistance. Barclay is a recognized Canadian agent for overseas universities. As such, the university pays our fee. Email Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com
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