You need to be aware about the following things before you apply:
1. Before you start your application process to study abroad you should check whether you are fully eligible and make sure the classes you take with them will transfer. If your school does not have dedicated study abroad office, check with the registrar of the concerned country which you are applying.
2. Talk to the alumni of the study abroad program to get a sense of the successes and struggles of their experience. Talking to other who have completed the same programme will give you a chance to ask specific questions and allay any fears you might have.
3. Study abroad can be expensive prior committing to any program estimate how much you will spend during your time abroad. Some students may qualify for the scholarships, loans, and grants. There are a multitude of scholarships available specifically for students who wish to study abroad. Check with your financial aid office for advise and assistance.
4. Before leaving for your study abroad experience, you should visit your doctor and make sure you are with good health. Tell you doctor where you are going and see if they have any specific recommendations. It is important that you are up to date with your vaccines. Remember to find out if any additional vaccines are recommended for your planned destination.
5. Travel insurance is worth the investment should, you get sick or have any serious medical issues. If you already have health insurance,check to see if it includes coverage for overseas care. If it does not you can get a policy specific for overseas travel.
6. You never know what kind kind of resources are right under your nose. Let your plans to study abroad be known, and tell people exactly where you are going. Someone you know might have family, friends or another local connection that could end up being invaluable.
7. Going abroad to study can be more than just going to school in a different country. You will have the opportunity to tour famous sites, musems and recreation areas. Research what you want to see and do while you are abroad. If you are not sure you have enough money, make a budget so you can save up to do what you want. There are a variety of travel guides available, some are geared specifically to students traveling abroad.
8. Banking in a foreign country is quite different than what you are used to in your country. You may not be able to use your ATM card the way you do at home. The easiest way around this is to set up a bank account once you arrive. In doing so, you can have your money nearby and way to access it quickly. Check with your study abroad advisor to find out what you need to open an account.
9. Be sure to obey the laws of your host country at all times. Find out the laws for common activities, such as driving a car or drinking alcohol. What is a minor issue at home can be considered quite serious in another country. Even a minor incident can create a lot of trouble for a foreigner who is not educated in the local laws.
10. One of the joys of travelling is trying the foods and beverages of the country you are visiting. Before trying the local delicacies, it is in your best interest to research potential health hazards related to food and drink.
11. It is good to have a list of the emergency numbers available just in case you need it. Include the numbers of trusted local contacts, your parents, your school, the country own embassy and other organizations that can help you get out of a jam.