After you are done with the application/admission process you can relax and take a break. It is usually what you would want, but that’s not the case. The real struggle starts now! You have to start making a list and gathering things that you need to take along. Do some research about the place you will be going to and check out some forums/facebook pages where students of your university share their experiences. This could help you prepare well for your shopping. One of the most important things is the clothing. Europe is usually much colder and rainy, so make sure you carry winter wears and an umbrella/ rain coat as it could just be raining cats and dogs when you step out of the Airport☺.
From my personal experience, another important aspect is communication! If you are travelling alone and abroad for the first time, your family would probably be more nervous than you (which is quite apparent). So, make sure you have a phone that is still sending and receiving signals when you reach there. Usually, you have Wi-Fi at airports and various other places but it is important to have sufficient data in your phone, as it always helps.
- Adapting to the local culture and how to make friends
I have travelled across thirteen different countries in Europe and I have found the people to be very pleasant and kind. On my course, we were 18 students from 14 different nationalities, so I think I couldn’t have had a better opportunity to know different people and culture. I not just gained friends for life but also attained valuable knowledge about their countries, people, food, and lifestyle. I wasn’t an outgoing person before but gradually as we studied together, had meals, explore places and travelled from one country to another, I have become a much more confident and outgoing person now.
It is absolutely up to you as how you can save. For me, I used to cook myself and occasionally eat out since most of the eating places were expensive (as a student at least). Again, it depends on which country (and city) you are in, as some cities are quite affordable for a meal outside. Also, almost every country has student discounts on transportation. As a student, you can get student passes (monthly/yearly) which helps you save a lot. Apart from these, you can minimise your spending on parties, bills (by spending electricity wisely ☺), stationery which is much cheaper in India.