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There are many online resources for “To-Do” lists that would help you in preparing your trip and study program. Besides the extremely valuable and practical advice available online, I have a few more suggestions that you should consider.
Read them now and save yourself from stress and headaches later!
1. Save Some Money: Even with bursaries and other assistance, your initial months are going to be costly. Be prepared and try to have at least 2 Months expenses saved up. Depending on your destination, this could be as much as 1500.00 US Dollars per month.
2. Check and re-check your VISA and other PAPERWORK: The Visa is probably my biggest concern before going abroad seeing as you couldn’t enter the destination country without it. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your Visa and passport in early in case of any delays, including getting rejected the first time around.
3. Book Your Flight: The earlier the better – the longer you wait, the quicker prices will go up. If you have to make a stop and catch a connecting flight, make sure it’s in a city or country you’re comfortable in and also that you don’t require additional visas for the stopover.
4. Book Transportation to the School/University:
5. Have a Physical/ Get Approval from Your Doctor: In most cases this is necessary to get your Visa, but even if you’re not applying for a Visa, it’s still a good idea to get a checkup. Your doctor can tell you any vaccinations you need depending on the country you’re going to before you leave, and it’s better to know if there is a problem with your health while you’re still in Georgia.
6. Made Sure You Have Insurance: You don’t want to end up in hospital in another country, especially an English speaking country, without some sort of insurance. If for some reason your school doesn’t provide or recommend an insurance plan, make sure you get one that covers international travel.
7. “Completely Complete” Applications:
8. Course Selection: Talk with your advisor and get approval for all of the courses you’re taking abroad in writing. Not much point in studying abroad if you don’t get credit. And make sure your school has a basic idea of your travel itinerary since they’re probably the next emergency contact after your parents.
9. Buy A Webcam And Install Skype: This goes without much explaining. A lot of times international calls are expensive so video chatting through Skype is the best way to keep in contact with everyone at home. Don’t forget to buy a webcam after installing Skype.
10. Start A Blog: There’s no sense in waiting until you’re abroad to start your blog. You’ll probably be too busy to set one up when you arrive, and people (especially friends and relatives) will want to start following you before you leave.
"I should have thought about that" is NOT something you want to have yourself thinking after you leave Georgia. With the proper attention to your preparation, your study abroad will be more enjoyable, CHEAPER and certainly less stressful!
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Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
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As one of the Leaders in English Courses, Professional Courses, Exam Prep and Testing, PTG has become synonymous with excellence. With a proud history of more than ten years serving Georgian, it is one of very few approved ETS testing centers in Georgia.