You have decided on a study country and a university, the application has been sent and you have received the confirmation from the foreign university? Then we will continue with the concrete preparation of your studies abroad! There is some real work to be done here, because besides practical and linguistic preparation, cultural preparation should not be neglected. But don’t worry: so that you don’t lose track of what’s going on, you’ll find all the information you need to prepare for your studies abroad on the following pages.
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Practical preparation for studying abroad
A little organizational skills and research time is required to prepare students for their studies abroad. The search for a suitable health insurance abroad, finding a cheap flight and arranging a credit card – all this takes some time, especially if you want to pay attention to prices and special student offers. The following points are part of the practical preparation:
- foreign health insurance
- International student ID card
- credit cards
Language preparation for studying abroad
Language preparation is very important for studying abroad. As a rule, good knowledge of foreign languages is also a prerequisite for acceptance at a foreign university. The classical medium to learn a language or to train your language skills is of course the textbook. Language courses, in groups or individual lessons, are also a good method. Languages can be learned particularly well at a language school abroad. The third option is language software. It is available as an app, online or on DVD/CD-ROM.
Cultural preparation of studies abroad
The cultural preparation of studying abroad is also important. After all, you will be confronted with more or less great cultural differences during your studies abroad. Understanding these differences and dealing with them appropriately is not always easy and of course there is some misunderstanding. If the misunderstandings increase, you can experience a culture shock during your studies abroad. Don’t panic: This is something quite normal and there are ways and means for you to overcome it and gain intercultural competence.