After making initial preparations with our Handbook to Study Abroad part 1; let’s now focus on the preparations for your exchange as well as some tips once you’re in your new city!
Before your departure
- Learn more about the courses and their terms
Before leaving, find out about the content and the programme of the courses you will follow. A nice title at first glance may actually end up being a disappointing course. Other elements to check: the prerequisites required by the teachers, the evaluation method (MCQs, oral presentation …) and teaching (discussion, lecture …), so it doesn’t take you later by surprise.
- Make contact with your future classmates
Thanks to the Internet and social networks, you can contact the students who will be with you in class. You can get to know each other and share lots of information with them about classes, renting a place, phone fees, bank accounts abroad, etc.
- Choose your home
Campus, flat-sharing, private apartment, renting a room: the possibilities for housing are many and varied. Choose the formula that suits you best, depending on whether you prefer a quiet neighbourhood, proximity to the city centre or the effervescence of the campus. You can also take a look at some forums and ask advice from students who already live there!
Once you’re there
- Get to know your teachers
In many English-speaking countries, teachers are more accessible than in France. Take the opportunity to go see them, ask them questions, continue a discussion started in class. Take advantage of these moments to explain your ideals, your aspirations and also your difficulties.
- Keep a diary
Shopping at the market, strolling through the business district, reading the local paper: all present great opportunities to learn from a different culture and society, including out of class. Keeping a diary can be a good way to register these memories for the long term.
- Expand your horizons
Many foreign universities organise conferences and meetings with professionals at lunch or in the evening. This can be an opportunity to discover other aspects of the country and culture in which you live. A way to enrich your personal culture, and who knows, maybe even your professional network!
- Join sports and cultural associations
A good way to “blend in” is to participate in campus activities. Sports, culture, science, parties: there is usually plenty of choice! But you do not have to limit yourself to university, apps like Meetup or FootyAddict allow you to meet people outside campus.
Last but not least! Do not forget to bring with you your GLOBCOIN multi-currency card that facilitates international saving, spending and transfers on the go at the cheapest rates!