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10 Things an Indian Student Needs to know Before Coming to Study in Foreign Countries

If you are planning to pursue your higher studies in foreign countries, PLEASE DO READ this note. These are some of the important things you should keep in mind.

1-Know what you are getting into. Do ample research before selecting the ideal college to suit your profile. Connect with students and ask about the overlooked details, from how much it costs to do laundry and how to dress for the weather, to the teaching style of professors for the academic programs you’re considering. As an international student, there will always be surprises, but with research, you can minimise the negatives and readily embrace the positives.

2-Whether you like it or not, you will always stand out amongst the crowd. The best thing to do is to take advantage of having a distinguishing feature; sometimes it turns out to be quite a boon.

3-Mingle and make as many friends as you can. Everyone is going through the same thing, and everyone will be looking to make friends, so don’t be shy. Put yourself out there. Try not to stick with other Indians. It is pointless traveling thousands of miles and paying thousands of dollars to just stay with the same people you have been used to all your life. Take advantage of the new culture, make new friends, and experience new things.

4-The narrow categories of those who work hard versus those who play hard no longer apply. Many students you’ll meet work hard during the week and play hard on weekends. To do well abroad, you must develop a work ethic. Consistency is key here. If you put in hard work throughout the week, you will succeed academically. And then you can afford to have some fun on the weekends. This is different from the Indian culture of mixing work and fun throughout the week.

5-Develop your writing skills. The American system of education can be very different from the Indian system of education. A great percentage of your grade will be attributed to writing work in the form of essays or research papers. Having superior writing skills is a significant advantage.

6-Tests here are very different from what we are used to. There are fewer three-hour-hour long complicated question papers and more multiple-choice questions and short answers that cover a small portion of the syllabus. This is an easier part of the transition, and many Indian students will have an advantage in this area.

7-Don’t forget to read up on the weather. Make sure you have the right clothing. Trust me, you do not want to be stranded in two feet of snow with nothing warm to wear.

8-College is a place where you can do as much as you want and as little as you want. Take advantage of all the opportunities and try to get as involved as possible. At Washington College you will find many ways to get involved through sports, clubs, even student government. This is a great way to meet new people and build character.

9-Initially, you will miss your home. You will miss your friends. You will miss the food. And yes, however crazy they drive you now, you will miss your parents. The first few days will be challenging no matter how well you are mentally prepared. My advice would once again be get as involved as possible. Immerse yourself in different activities, and before you know it, all homesickness will fade away. Don’t let the fear of leaving home stop you from what could potentially be the greatest experience of your life.

10-College is a place where you find yourself, if not create yourself. You truly discover who you are, which makes it one of the greatest experiences you will probably have to date. It might not feel that way at first, but prepare for the challenges, embrace the surprises, and you may just have the time of your life.

Note by Anuj Shikarkhane
2 years, 8 months ago

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Great advice.

At university, I would strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, and go try something that you never would have done before. This could be going on a road trip, jumping off a plane, take an extremely hard course, try playing a musical instrument, etc. You will be greatly enriched by the experiences :) Calvin Lin Staff · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Calvin Lin ..... jumping off a plane,.....

WE WILL DIE -__- Math Man · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Math Man I choose to bring along a parachute, along with an experienced instructor.

You are free to bring along whatever you think you need :) Calvin Lin Staff · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Calvin Lin sir i want to subscribe to Bsquare , do u have any idea how much foreign transaction fee is?? Vaijesh Kotwal · 2 years, 6 months ago

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@Calvin Lin Exactly. Anuj Shikarkhane · 2 years, 8 months ago

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hey anuj if i subscribe to Bsquare how much foreign transaction fee it will cost??...do u have any idea?? Vaijesh Kotwal · 2 years, 6 months ago

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VERY INFORMATIVE THANK YOU AND ARE YOU REALLY 13 Vishwathiga Jayasankar · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Vishwathiga Jayasankar Actually I am 12.@vishwathiga jayasankar Anuj Shikarkhane · 2 years, 8 months ago

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Thanks for the advice..!! Mohanish Gaikwad · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Mohanish Gaikwad You're welcome. :D Anuj Shikarkhane · 2 years, 8 months ago

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My question would be why have you made this note(although I almost know that you have just shared something which you saw somewhere). Are you in favor of this 'trade' ? Kartik Sharma · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Kartik Sharma I have just made this note for the purpose of giving information Anuj Shikarkhane · 2 years, 8 months ago

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@Anuj Shikarkhane and YOU ARE 13?? SO HOW YOU KNOW??

'no offense of caps' Math Man · 2 years, 8 months ago

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