On the way to college: Checklist
Before you leave home for college way, make sure you do everything as planned; especially if you are going on an international trip for the first time. Creating a to-do list in the days before your departure will help you pack everything you need for your trip.
We have summarized the items that this list should include:
Confirming your itinerary
Verifying your itinerary is the most important step ahead. Are you going to your new home by plane? Or by train? Do you have the right ticket for the right day, and if you bought a discounted student ticket, do you have your student ID with you? Similarly, you should confirm that all your tickets and documents are consistent and correct. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to travel.
As soon as you arrive at your destination, you should search for the way to go to the dormitories. Some universities pre-arrange an hourly or two-hour commute from the airport to campus for a welcome party for international students. If you are going to travel this way, you should be sure of when and where you will meet the people who will welcome you.
If you are going to use public transportation (such as train or bus), you need to find out the timetable, times and route in advance.
In addition, you should find the address of the place you will reach and the contact information of the institution you are going to. GPS applications such as iMaps or Google Maps that you will install on your phone will help you find your way and not get lost.
Another item that should be on your “to do” list is the documents you need to get through customs and enter the university. These documents include the acceptance letter from your university, visa documents, a written document stating your IELTS score and the document you need to keep as proof that you can finance your education.
Of course, the most important thing to have with you when traveling abroad is your passport. Even if all your documents are ready, you may not be allowed to enter a country without a valid passport. You should check in advance that your passport is up-to-date and if you need to renew it for expiry, you should set aside a long time for it.
Similarly, you should have your academic transcript and confirmation of your accommodation with you. Thus, as soon as you arrive, your university will be able to give you the key to your new house without any difficulty.
These points are extremely important if you want to study abroad; For this reason, you should always have your identification information and documents with you when you go through customs and collect your baggage.
In addition to these, you should not miss your medical information; especially documents stating your medical complaints and ailments prior to your entry into the country. If you are carrying medicines while passing through customs, you should also have the prescriptions for these medicines translated into the language of the country you are going to with you. You should then go to a local doctor and register with all your medical information.
If you come from a country at risk of tuberculosis, some customs officers may require a clear lung film to enter the country. Similarly, if you’re studying in a place like the United States or Australia that requires you to have health insurance, you should have the details of your insurance plan with you when you enter the country.
If you haven’t had insurance yet, it’s time to consider getting one. Although there is no health insurance requirement for some countries, it will be very difficult for you to benefit from health services without insurance in countries such as the USA.
It is also beneficial to get a property insurance; especially if you intend to live with others in environments such as dormitories. When living with strangers, your belongings can be lost, stolen or damaged. That’s why it’s in your best interest to insure your important items. Would you rather afford a new computer out of pocket?
visit your bank Before you set off, you should visit your bank and inform them of your foreseeable future; You will make your transfers from abroad. Otherwise, they may find your money flow suspicious and freeze your account.