There are always many firsts in life, including the first time to study abroad. Entering July, it means that the school season is not far away. At this time, you should make preparations before studying abroad. In addition to the preparation of important items such as documents and luggage, you should also prepare psychologically, understand the environment and local laws in advance, and cultivate safety awareness.
Some international students think that they have been successfully admitted to the ideal college, and they go to a new environment with the mentality of traveling abroad. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the psychological preparation for studying abroad.
Living in a foreign land may have a certain sense of freshness at the beginning, but when the freshness is exhausted, a sense of loneliness may come to my mind. Other students are not new when they first arrive in the destination country, and they will feel unfamiliar with the things around them. In the new environment, all aspects need to be re-adapted, including the new way of life, dealing with classmates and so on.
Changes in lifestyle can lead to psychological changes, which can lead to mental illness in severe cases. There are many reasons for students' psychological problems. Maybe they are too lonely overseas, maybe they are not communicating well with their classmates, or maybe their academic performance is not satisfactory.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students were quarantined abroad, resulting in long-term inability to communicate with others and nothing to do, and gradually developed psychological problems. In fact, such students should communicate more with their relatives or friends, and try to exercise at home.
According to reports, a survey on the mental health of international students initiated by Yujianxingxing and other platforms shows that up to 83.95% of international students have experienced at least one psychological breakdown, and 44.58% of the respondents have thought about giving up their studies. This shows that not all international students can adapt to studying abroad, and international students may have psychological problems for various reasons. This requires international students to make adequate psychological preparations before departure, and to be vaccinated in advance for possible situations.
International students must first correct the purpose of studying abroad. Studying abroad is for studying abroad and for returning to the country to better build the motherland. Some international students take advantage of the opportunity to study and seek pleasure overseas, which not only wastes the opportunity to study, but also makes their hearts empty. Therefore, before studying abroad, you should clearly understand the purpose of your study abroad.
For the various problems that will be encountered in studying abroad, students should understand in advance to minimize the negative psychological impact. Parents should also help students understand the difficulties they will face in studying abroad.
Prepare documents in advance
The necessary documents for studying abroad include passport, visa, degree certificate, proof of capital flow, color photo, driver's license, language score certificate, and confirmation letter of admission notice. Among them, the most important documents for international students are passports and visas. This is a document for students to prove their identity in a foreign country. Many students do not apply for visas until close to the start of school, and if visa processing is slow, students may not be able to obtain visas before the start of school.
In 2021, the issue of delayed issuance of student visas in the UK has attracted much attention. Many students who applied for visas in early August did not receive their visas from the British embassy or consulate until the end of August. Some students who had booked air tickets to the UK at the end of August had to cancel their flights because their visas had not been received. Many UK universities have even offered students deferrals because of this.
Therefore, it is still necessary to apply for the visa as soon as possible. Other documents should also be prepared in advance, and copies of all documents except color photos should be prepared in advance. Copies can also be used as proofs in place of the originals in some occasions, and can also be used in certain procedures.
In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination reports and nucleic acid test reports are basically required every time you board a plane. Students may consider bringing a hard copy of the report if necessary.
What should be in the suitcase?
It is necessary to refer to the regulations on what is suitable for taking abroad and what is not suitable.
Taking the UK's entry policy as an example, controlled drugs, offensive weapons, personal defense sprays, endangered animals and plants, obscene books, videos, audios and other items are not allowed to enter the UK. Meat and dairy are prohibited, and there are strict requirements for carrying fruits. If you want to bring prescription drugs, you must have the corresponding proof. Entry policies vary from country to country, and students are advised to check the government websites of each country for detailed entry policies.
At present, the global epidemic has not completely dissipated. Therefore, students are advised to bring spare masks, protective glasses, disinfectant wipes, and disposable gloves on the plane to enhance protection. In addition, you should bring several sets of clothing and shoes suitable for the local season, preferably a formal suit, which can also be used for formal events or interviews. Clothes that are not suitable for the season can be purchased locally.
Some fruits, vegetables and meats that can be eaten on the plane are unnecessary. The laws of most countries do not allow passengers to bring these foods into the country. At the same time, meals will be provided on the plane, and students can also find food locally after landing, so there is no need for students to bring food. Cooking utensils are also not required to be carried, these items are difficult to fit in a suitcase, and are easily available in the destination country of study. It is also not recommended to bring bedding and sheets. These items take up a lot of space, and the corresponding bedding is usually provided in the apartment.
Items you should bring are glasses and adapter plugs. Because of the price, the price of glasses in the country of study is very expensive, so it is best for students to prepare more than one pair of glasses in case of emergency. Most of the countries where you study abroad have different plug and socket standards than domestic ones, so you must bring a conversion plug. Also, it's a good idea to bring a laptop.
Advance knowledge of overseas countries
Since you want to study abroad, you should know the customs, etiquette, laws and security conditions of the destination country in advance, and understand the taboos of the country.
The culture of most countries is different from ours. For example, in the United States, strangers are more enthusiastic when they meet, and they are used to saying hello regardless of whether they know each other or not. In order to integrate and better communicate and communicate with others, international students should know these customs.
In addition to etiquette, students also need to know the taboos in the destination country, and some taboos are often linked to laws. If these taboos are violated, local laws are violated. For example, the United States stipulates that teenagers under the age of 18 are not allowed to possess or sell any tobacco, and they can drink alcohol after the age of 21. No one can download or upload games, music, movies or software without copyright.
In addition, the security situation in the United States varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Before going abroad, international students should develop awareness of security precautions and understand the security situation near the school and even in the entire city, especially gun safety issues. In 2021, several Chinese students have already been killed at gunpoint in the United States. In Chicago alone, two Chinese students were shot and killed.
Students should be able to identify problems in their own environment and quickly recognize people and objects. At present, many study abroad institutions have included pre-departure safety training into their training services. On this basis, international students should also know how to deal with unexpected security incidents and how to avoid risks. In the event of an emergency, one should be able to keep a calm head, make a quick judgment on the scene environment, and find a reasonable way to avoid risks.
How to protect your own rights
International students should also know how to protect their own rights and interests and have a more in-depth understanding of the overall situation in the local area. Some local personnel took advantage of the unfamiliarity of the international students with the local situation, not only did not help the international students to solve the problem, but even extorted and extorted the international students. At this time, international students need to use legal weapons reasonably to protect themselves, and at the same time make sure not to trust others. If you find that your reasonable demands cannot be answered, or you have been deceived and have no channels for help, international students can seek help from the local Chinese embassy or consulate.