Document checklist for students coming to Europe

Europe is a one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The continent  has a rich history with a variety of cultures, each of which are vibrant and enticing in their own unique way. The European countries are famous worldwide for their cultural capitals. Music and the arts are not the only things that flourish in Europe. Europe is also home to philosophers and politicians, economists and scientists. In general ,Europe is also said to be the most prosperous region of the world.

If you are international student  starting your academic year in Europe soon , here is  a tentative pre-departure document checklist. Please note that the list given below  is indicative and in view of helping you with getting organised .

Your Certificates  and University Documents

  • Make sure that you have Letter of Acceptance, Letter of Enrollment, admit card, and the ID card sent to you by the institution with details like your roll number and joining date.
  • Keep both hard and soft copies of pay slips and fee receipts ready, just in case
  • Take the copies of all your academic certificates, attested by Indian dignitaries, along with you. You may be asked to produce them during the admission procedure.
  • Read the university brochure and joining instructions carefully. They may ask for some additional documents too.
  • If you have rented a place, carry the rent agreement along with you. Otherwise also, you should have all the valid documents that indicate where you will be staying during the period of your study.
  • Even if you go from one city to another city within the country for a temporary stay, you usually have to inform the local authorities and your university about the change of your address. Keep them informed to stay safe and out of trouble.

Finance and BanK 

  • Keep the personal bank statements and salary slips of last six months (yours or that of your sponsor) ready too to show that you have enough funds to fend for yourself during your stay in the country.
  • In case, you have got a scholarship, keep your scholarship certificate ready showing the amount that has been or will be paid to you.
  • International credit cards are always an advantage when you are traveling abroad. However, most European countries accept MasterCards and Visa Cards.
  • While it is a good idea to at least some euros in cash, always use traveller’s cheques for transaction of a larger amount.

Apart from this you should be able to prove that you have enough finances to bear your study expenses and living costs at several checkpoints:

  • at the immigration authorities in your home country  that grant your visa,
  • at the airport once you reach the foreign country,as well as
  • at all the local authorities where you have to register yourself in the foreign country.

General Documents

  • If you are on a specific medicine, remember to carry enough of it during your stay. Also, remember to carry one copy of your prescription, medical history and medical reports along with you. They will prove to be handy, in case of an emergency. Be sure to keep one copy at home or at a safe place where you can reach them, in case you lose your papers. Better still, scan them and e-mail it to yourself.
  • Keep several copies of your recent passport size photographs with you. You will need them during admission and immigration procedures in your home country as well as in the European country where you are going.
  • Keep your list of emergency contacts always with you. These should include name, contact number, and addresses of Embassy personnel in your home country and destination country, student support personnel at your university or college, and your friends and family members at home as well as abroad. Keep as many alternatives with you as possible.
  • An international call card that offers you a cheaper option to keep in touch with your family will seem like a boon once you reach the foreign land, at least for the first few weeks.

Health Documents

  • Get all the necessary vaccinations and get the certificate to prove that you have done so. You may be asked to show the certificate by the authorities.
  • It is a good practice to carry your blood group ID with you too.
  • Don’t forget to take along all the papers related to your health insurance. Health insurance that covers you during your stay in a foreign country is often a mandatory requirement by the immigration authorities.

Travel Documents

  • If your passport, visa or residence permit is about to expire, get them renewed in time. Keep their extra copies with you at all times.
  • Make sure that you have the medical fitness certificate ready before you board the plane to ensure the authorities that you are not a carrier of any of the dreaded communicable diseases.
  • Carry details of your travel insurance too.
  • Countries have specific rules about the weight of luggage they allow you to bring as an international traveler. Check the rules and keep with the specified limits.
  • Take along your driver’s license and other documents that confirm your identity.
  • Frequent international travelers advice that it is a good practice to label your luggage with your name, phone number, and complete address.

Czech College

Czech College takes pride in having great student service, whose staff will go to great lengths to ensure that you always have the support you need. From local bus passes to getting visa travel, student services will help you to the best of their ability.

Czech College guarantees to provide you with the European experience that you are looking for. please let us know if you are interested to join in any programmes with us.We will be glad to answer your questions.