Travel documents you need to study abroad
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There are a set of travel documents that you need to carry while going abroad for higher studies. These documents are really important as lack of any single document may cause delay or even cancellation of your admission abroad. Since the travel documents for higher studies abroad hold much importance, it is better to apply for these well in advance. The documents vary from country to country. The commonly needed and most important documents for travel are given below:

Passport

This is the most important document you need to possess even before applying to any university. Passport is the official documentation that proves that the prospective student is a citizen of a particular country. Most of the admission tests such as IELTS ask for passport details from candidates at the time of applying for test. The students who wish to study abroad must have a passport, which should be valid for at least six months beyond the last day of their program with valid student visa and valid air ticket.

Visa

This is the next important document a student needs if he/she travelling to another country to pursue higher studies. Without visa, you cannot enter a foreign country. There are various types of student visa and some visas allow students to stay back for some time to do job.

Medical reports and certificates

The aspirants must have the International Certificate of Vaccinations because some countries, specifically in Africa and Asia, require students to obtain an international certificate of vaccinations before they leave their country for studying abroad. It can be obtained from the local department of health, travel agency and from certified doctors. It’s of your benefit to get vaccinated before heading abroad and keep the certificate with you as proof. 

International student card

Even though international student card is not an important document for a student who wishes to study abroad, it helps in saving a lot of money while travelling overseas. The international student card provides a lot of offers and special discounts for students. Hence, it is better to get the international student card.

Accommodation booking and other documents

Certain countries ask for accommodation details while applying for student visa. Mostly, good universities provide accommodation to students. It is strongly advisable to have confirmation for accommodation booking (on-campus or off-campus), foreign currency (cash/travelers cheque/credit card) and airport pickup details.

While traveling, make sure to keep all required travel documents in your hand bag so that it can be produced when demanded. Students are advised to ensure that everything is properly dated, signed and notarized. Without proper travel documents, you can be denied entry or won’t be able to return on your own. Do keep copies of these documents and leave them with someone at home – that way if something is lost or stolen, your family members can fax the copies to you. Getting them replaced in a foreign country is time-consuming and is almost impossible.

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