Preparing for Life Abroad

Packing stuff

Moving to a new country is both exciting and overwhelming. Despite those surges in emotions, it is important always to be prepared to make the whole experience not just memorable, but also convenient and comfortable.

Aside from your personal belongings, there are a lot of things to take care of once you land in a new country. Health insurance for international students and foreign workers alike are required and expected. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Below are some points that you should not miss when you make your move:

Prepare

Read and research about what you can expect once you land in a new country. Joining Facebook groups about fellow expatriates and participating in discussions can give you an idea of what to expect and the necessary preparations you ought to do. While you’re at it, do not forget to pack and ship your things ahead so that they arrive by the time you are there, making it easier for you to move in. Dispose of clutter and move only a few things. Do not forget to stack up on money as well.

Visas

Schools and employers guide in applying for a visa for foreigners coming into the country. But it is also important to conduct research by yourself and be aware of policies, extensions, fees, deadlines, and requirements.

Insurance

Health insurance for foreigners is required in most countries. In fact, in the U.S., international students will be asked to have one as a part of their school requirements. The lack of health insurance means they will not be allowed to enroll in the school. Schools can provide their own, and employers can have tie-ups with various agencies. Others can recommend a third party that will handle your needs. Taking care of your insurance after you have landed is crucial.

Accommodation

Opening door

Everything can be accessed online, which makes it easier for you to find a place to live even though you haven’t even set foot in the country yet. Sites that allow long-term rental of homes and apartments for a reasonable price will be your friend. If you are a student, arranging in-campus housing with your university is one of the most practical means to find a place to stay.

Income

You would need to support yourself and find a source of income while you are in a new country. Applying online is one of the easiest ways to do so. Look for part-time jobs, if that’s allowed in your visa policy. Once you have adjusted, you will be more accustomed to the tricks of the trade in the new country and be able to find a job that suits you and your needs.

Preparing for a life abroad is never easy. You will experience a new culture, meet new friends, encoutner new customs and other social norms you might not recognize. But if you prepare yourself with the right information and sources, the move will not be as troublesome as it seems and you can create a new life that holds more promise.