Congratulations, You are ready to Go

Once the admission has been secured and the visa has been granted, the only thing left to do is to fly to the chosen destination. While this is an exciting time for the applicant, there is still a lot that needs to be done. There are a number of details that one should be careful of before they take the big leap of leaving for foreign shores.

Orientation Session

We’re committed to making sure you feel supported every step of your study abroad journey. Proper preparation for your studies overseas is vital to your success. We want you to have the tools you need for your best possible study experience.
That’s why our counsellors are always available to answer your queries and help settle your nerves. Just before students depart to the new country, we hold an event called a Pre-Departure session where our team of experienced counsellors and alumni give an insight into various aspects of a student’s life. The student can also meet other students going abroad through EduBrix so that the student can develop a sense of bonding if you’re moving to the same place.

Orientation Session will consist of the following things

  • Shopping List
We, at EduBrix, take care of the many additional steps that are required like Sharing Shopping List and the other steps required for the student to settle in the new country without any difficulties
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  • Stop Existing, start Living
These pre-departure orientation sessions will help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities while you’re abroad.
  • Insights into the local culture
It’s important that the student has some knowledge of local culture and customs before arriving in the study country. This will ease the student’s transition into the community and help the student interact with his/her new classmates more effectively. Half of the fun of going abroad is learning about the things people from other cultures do differently.
  • Student life in the new country
When one study overseas, they’ll need to adjust to a new learning environment, where there may be different learning styles, classroom environments and expectations. They’ll also be getting used to new cultural norms as a student.
  • Culture shock
Culture shock is a symptom of having to adjust to a culture different than own. Culture shock is real and plays an important role in adjusting to the study country. We’ll discuss how to recognise culture shock and outline some techniques that will enable to you acclimatize.
  • Support & wellbeing in your new country
Whether it’s academic support, language help or visa advice, we outline some of the practical support that’s available to international students.
  • Banking and foreign exchange
One of the first things on the to-do list when one arrives in the new study country will be setting up a bank account. Having a local bank account will ensure that the student have easy access to the money to pay for the accommodation, tuition fees and living expenses, and will allow their employer to deposit pay into their account if they choose to work.
  • Working while you study and advice on internships
Working while you study can help complement study and living experience. We’ll discuss how to stay within the rules of the student visa and give some tips on finding a good student job, internships, part time jobs, much more practical guidance and support.
  • A network of advice
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to EduBrix alumni and network with current and future students just like you.
We also advise the students regarding the medical and emergency protocol they need to follow. They are briefed about the location of basic utilities, book stores, and safe entertainment venues around the campus. We also inform students about calling cards which they will need on an immediate basis.
The pre-departure briefing is a complete information package that ensures the student is sensitized towards the country they are going to. It aims to make the students self-sufficient and empower them to survive in a new part of the world. During the pre-departure, a student also gets to meet many other students going to the same university as him or her. We believe that the kind of insight a student gets about various facets of studying and living abroad at the pre-departure session makes it incumbent that he or she should NOT miss it at any cost!

Dos & Don’ts

Dos

  • Keep yourself open for the new experience and the new place. Too much of expectation and contemplating too much about the new place and the new environment may lead to disappointment. The best thing to do is to get oneself acquainted with the place first hand. Get some vital information like climate beforehand and that will be enough.
  • Try to be a part of your new environment and get involved with the locals. Get oneself involved in things, say a going out to see a game of football or rugby. Live like the locals. Trust us it would be an enjoyable experience.
  • Keep your schedule tight. Join different activity groups in the college. They should act as the perfect foil for homesickness and shall provide you the opportunity to interact with students from across the world.
  • Be prepared to live on the staple food of the host country. Try to adapt to the most readily available and budget friendly foods. The street food, sometime, become a great delight.
  • Keep yourself updated with the host country news and happenings, especially the ones related to the state/area where the student resides. This will help the student relate and interact with the people there. Keeping oneself updated will also help the student to face job interviews, later.

Don’ts

  • Don’t let the homesickness get the better of you. Don’t dwell on the fact that you are separated from your native home by oceans and seas.
  • Don’t spend too much time talking with your folks, back home over phone and Skype. Also avoid keeping yourself updated 24/7 to your home country’s news over internet; this will restrict one from getting over the homesickness. And more importantly, it will take away important time from studying.
  • Don’t try to make your travel baggage too lean. Later one may repent that the sweatshirt left just thinking it to be useless, could have saved some invaluable Dollars/Euros.
  • Don’t forget to make budgets; weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whichever suits the student. Spending without making budgets will lead you astray.
  • Avoid overdoing anything. Be it the traveling or partying. The new environment may become overwhelming with its innumerable avenues for fun and party.
  • Don’t let fear keep you from using your language skill. Fear is the biggest enemy while studying abroad. The best way to improve one’s command of the foreign language. Even if the student only has a low level they shouldn’t be afraid to use what they know in day-to-day interactions.