Congratulations, you’ve been accepted to study in another country! Apart from your classes and assignments, there are many other aspects to consider. Here are five tips to ensure your experience is a success and that you stay healthy and safe while studying abroad.
Before you leave home, be sure you have a valid passport and visa, as well as comprehensive health insurance healthcare in Canada and the U.S. is expensive!
Make copies of your passport, health insurance card, credit cards, and travel itinerary and share them with trusted family and friends. Email important information to yourself through a web-based email account so you can access it anywhere.
Keep a Schedule
Getting enough sleep and starting and ending your day early will keep your mind sharp. Staying up all night to study, hang out with friends, or use the internet will affect your ability to concentrate during the day. Think of your brain as a battery that needs to recharge to function properly.
The food may be different than you are used to in your home country, so be sure you are getting enough variety. Try to choose from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, whole grains, proteins, dairy, and healthy fats. Half of your plate should be fruits and veggies—the more colourful the better! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, which keeps your body hydrated so you can feel your best.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands regularly is the easiest way to prevent infections. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom or being outside, or carry a hand sanitizer.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Stress, culture shock, and homesickness are all normal symptoms of studying abroad. Make sure you find ways to stay mentally healthy throughout your studies. Relax your mind by taking a walk, doing yoga, or meditating. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a friend, join a support group, or speak to a counselor. You can also check to see if your school has programs available to help you.