Your Guide to Getting Ready for International University [Updated]

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Your Guide to Getting Ready for International University

Your Guide to Getting Ready for International University

14 December 2022 landmark
14 December 2022 landmark

It’s time to start packing! You’ve finally decided that an international university is the best path for you, and now it’s time to plan your move. Before you leave high school behind, there are some important things to consider when moving abroad:

1. Make a checklist of things you’d like to do in your new city.

The first step is to make a list of things you want to do in your new city. This will help you figure out what is important and how much time it will take, so make sure that the items on your list are as specific as possible.

For example, if one of your goals is to visit museums, don’t just say “visit museums.” Be more specific: “Visit one museum each week,” or even better yet: “Visit two different museums every week.”

This also helps with making sure that everything gets done! It’s easy to lose track of time when there are so many new experiences on the horizon at once—and nothing is worse than having something great planned but not having enough money or energy left over by closing time when all those other cool things still need doing right away!

2. Register for university orientation.

Registering for university orientation is a crucial step in the transition process. Orientation will help you and your family learn about the school, its policies, and expectations.

It is also a great opportunity to meet other students from around the world who are moving to your new country of residence.

You can register for orientation during your home visit or by applying through your high school’s website after you receive confirmation that they have received your application(which should take two weeks).

University orientations typically last around three days, with most schools offering morning sessions focused on academics and extracurricular activities; afternoon sessions focused on culture, and evening events like social gatherings or sports matches where you can meet new friends!

Connect with other international students. Ask your new friends to show you around, and ask them for help learning the language and finding a job.

3. Master everyday vocabulary.

If you are going to study abroad, you must know the basic words and phrases in a foreign language. You should also be able to ask for help in their language when necessary.

This is especially true if you don’t speak any English at all—or if your spoken English is limited because of where you live or what kind of work environment you find yourself in (i.e., military personnel who need to communicate with members from other countries).

4. Learn cultural cues.

It’s important to be aware of the various ways people greet each other in different cultures so that you can use appropriate language and gestures.

If a person greets you using your first name, it’s okay to respond with “Hello” or “How are you?” (if appropriate). If they’re more formal, use their title or rank for greeting them—for example: “Hello Mr./Mrs.”; or “Good morning Ma’am/Sir!”

5. Pack light

  • Clothes can be bought abroad. It Is important to bring only the things you need for your trip and not a bunch of stuff that you don’t know what to do with.
  • Bring items that can be used in different ways (for example a scarf can be used as a wrap, shawl or headband). This will help save space in your luggage and ensure it doesn’t get damaged during transit.

6. Use mobile apps to help you settle in.

You’ll want to use mobile apps to help you settle in. Some of the best include Duolingo and Google Translate, which are both free and can be accessed from your phone or tablet.

These apps allow you to learn a language quickly by completing simple tasks like translating words from one language into another or using them as flashcards.

They also have an element of gamification: they’re fun! You’ll enjoy learning new words and pronunciations while playing games that test your knowledge of the foreign language (for example, “how many objects are represented by this picture?”).

Finally, there are plenty of other useful tools out there that will make navigating life in a new country much easier; these include Google Maps (which is probably already installed on whatever device you’re using), Yelp (which lets users search restaurants by location), Waze (a traffic app) and Mapquest (a map tool).

7. Get enough sleep.

Sleep is important for everyone, but it’s especially crucial for students who are studying abroad. The reason? They may be jet-lagged or even sleep-deprived from travel and lack a consistent schedule.

If you’re looking to improve your sleep quality while studying abroad, consider these tips:

  • Get enough sleep—at least seven hours per night or more if possible.
  • Create an environment that helps you get the best rest possible (like avoiding electronics before bed). For example: Don’t use your laptop; instead, read a book.

8. You don’t have to be afraid of studying abroad! It’s an adventure!

Studying abroad is a great experience. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures, which will help you grow as an individual.

It’s also a great way to travel, explore new places and gain independence if you’re not from one country or another.

When it comes time for graduation from high school, many students are worried about how they will use their newly acquired skills once they graduate into adulthood.

However, there are many jobs that require international experience—and these positions may even pay more than what most people earn at home!


We hope you found this article helpful and that it helped you know what to expect when moving abroad.

If you’re still unsure of how to get started, we encourage you to reach out and ask any questions that might be on your mind. Immigration, education, and career experts at landmark immigration are here for you!

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