Doing Research Before Applying For Studying Abroad

Published On March 30, 2017 | By Alexis Johan | Education

When you are going to study abroad, there is a lot of research that needs to be done to ensure that you can settle and blend well when you reach there. Even though there would always be few things that you cannot prepare for until you face them upon reaching there, a number of negative surprises can be cut considerably by researching well.

However, you need to make a checklist of the things you need to research on and focus on researching to find optimal solutions for the likely problems that you might face upon reaching there. Such research would help make the transition for you seamless.

Here are the few things you should research on and about –


Once you have got the admission in the college for sure, it is time to research about the college beyond academics as to the extracurricular activities, groups, sports, and other areas of interests that you can enroll for. Research on the institution you are joining to know all about it before you go.

Home Rent

Check the rent of the rental houses near the college and if you can find any rooms on sharing basis. It would help you save a considerable amount of money. There are many sites online that can help you find roommates and rental house for students. Alternatively, your college can help too with finding local rental houses, or you can choose to stay at the institutions’ hostel.

Students Forum/Networking

The students should join students’ forum online and network with the local students there and ask any questions they might have or remove any doubts regarding the college, living standard, and more. It would help get the answers with the first-hand experience.

Health and Travel Insurance

Make sure to do your research on the affordable travel insurance available and get one before going. Health insurance can be taken upon reaching abroad. It is a necessity, and there are many options available, so choose wisely.


You can do the job while studying and after the course if you have the job letter with you, it makes you eligible for work visa too in many countries. So, search for the lucrative job and internship offers in the city where you would be studying. It will get you the money and also the work experience.

Know the Local Culture

Research on the local culture and find out more about them. You can do it by watching videos online of the city and the native people online as well as reading about the country in general. It would help you mix with them quickly when you reach there.

Local Do’s and Don’ts

Most of the countries have their certain dos and donts, and you need to be aware of that before going, or you would learn it the hard way. The best thing to do is to ask a local from the country online, and he or she would guide you about the local customs, traditions, beliefs, do’s and don’t’s.

Living Expense

Research on how much money would be sufficient for your life expenses, so that you know whether it is affordable or not. Consult with other students from your country already studying there, and you would get a rough estimate.

These are the few things you need to research on, but there are many other factors that you can look into like food, traveling, transportation, and more. So, start researching now for a better experience when going abroad for studies.

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