Studying in Europe

Studying Abroad : Be prepared

by Czech College / Thursday, 04 December 2014 / Published in Study in Czech Republic

As an international student in Europe  you will need to be prepared for changes at various levels – cultural, social, geographical, and even educational. Most international applicants are probably exposed to the intricacies of European life and education system to some extent. You can further compound this knowledge by doing some personal research of your own. 

To aid you in the process, we are giving some tips here.  

Living your own

Studying abroad comes with the promise of independence, as you will be living by yourself in a different country, thousands of miles away from home.  But what we neglect to consider is the fact that it also entails a fair share of responsibility and accountability – not just concerning academic matters, but also personal and financial. Use the time before the start of the program to plan your housing, dining and plan your budget accordingly. For some of us who have never lived away from home, this will be an additional change and appropriate adjustments will be required on our part.

Get to Know People and Places

You study in abroad has a  significant backdrops for change.  You can minimize the element of ‘foreignness’ by reading up about the city/state your college is located in, and by understanding its make-up, in terms of people,  their lifestyle, politics, culture, etc. Also, check up on basics such as transportation, shopping, banking and other essential facilities that you will need to rely on for day to day functioning.

Be Reasonable

There is no point in setting unrealistic expectations,  be it your study, friends or life in general. Be very clear about what you want from your educational experience and work towards achieving it. Only when you start the program will you be able to fully comprehend the depth and rigor of the course. Meanwhile, keep an open mind.

Prepare thoroughly for the offered education  

As you prepare for your educational training, you will come to realise that the method of teaching is different from what you have been used to in your home country.  For starters, you will have the freedom to choose some of the courses as per your interests and inclinations. Therefore, make sure that you properly research before registering.

Forget the 9-5 schedule. Typically, graduate courses do not follow fixed timings. Depending on the courses you choose and the mandatory subjects that are assigned by the college, you will be given a schedule for your semesters. You might find yourself with quite a bit of time on hand, but this time is best utilized to prepare for your program rather than leisure. Plan and manage your time wisely.

For a smooth transition, make sure you follow the instructions outlined by the admissions committee in your welcome letter. You will find that some of the suggestions are mostly to help you prepare for the program, while some are mandatory formalities that will need to be fulfilled before you can register for your courses. You will be intimated about them through regular communications from the university. Unlike the  education system you may have used to , admission is not a one-step activity in many institutions in Europe , but a multi-layered procedure. If you have any queries during this process, mail them to the relevant department staff and they will address them for you.

At Czech College we take utmost care for our international students to settle in . We have a student welfare office to help you out in the process.  We will also send you  specific guidelines outlining the different aspects of student life  as you complete your admission process with us.