Pre departure- What to pack when going abroad for higher studies?
Updated on Jan 2, 2014 - 9:27 a.m. IST by None
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One common doubt all students who go abroad to pursue higher studies is about packing. What to take, what not to take, how much money to carry etc? In this article, we are attempting to clear pre-departure doubts of students.

What to pack/ carry while flying/ how much the luggage is required?

Depending upon the weather of the visiting country, clothing should be packed accordingly. All the documents relating to admission and past educational records to be taken along. One should always carry few US dollars or the foreign currency of the visiting country. Limit of baggage for students traveling on student visa is different for different airlines. This should be checked before booking the tickets as some airlines offer extra kilograms for students flying on student visa.

Other Essentials...

  • Toiletries and bedding
  • First aid kit (extra pair of spectacles if you use one)
  • Basic kitchen utensils (such as pressure cooker and flat bottom pan)
  • Camera to capture the moments!!!!

For Reference

  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Local map, books, manuals important for reference in field of study
  • Medical records having information on immunization, prescriptions, allergies, chronic health problems.

Things to remember

  • Always label your luggage with your name, address and telephone number
  • Pack according to weight allowed by the airline which is mentioned on your ticket, otherwise you’ll have to pay extra
  • What all legal documents do I need to study abroad?

Valid Passport with student visa is the foremost legal document required to study abroad. Along with these you can also have your birth certificate, evidence of financial resources, original degree certificates and marks sheets, Medical documents, university proof of admission / important documents sent by university, all other identity proof for example international student card, S-pass etc., contact details of local friends or relative in the host country and if you have any extra curriculum activities certificates.

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How much one should be prepared to spend for travelling?

The amount of money that will be needed for the trip depends on the expenses that the student may be required to pay while abroad. According to Hemanshu Rai, after having paid for the confirmed ticket, one should always carry few extra hundreds in case of delays or cancellation or any layover or connecting flights. It is a good idea to create a budget prior to departure.

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