Most countries require visitors who are planning to study abroad to obtain visas before entering. Check with the embassy of the foreign country that you are planning to visit for up-to-date visa and other entry requirements. Don’t get caught overstaying your visa. Check the renewal requirements prior to departure and periodically for any changes.
The government can move slowly so apply early for your passport and visas.
Do your homework before you depart. Learn about the countries that you plan to visit. This is extremely easy with the advent of the Internet. Take your time to do some research about the people and their culture, and any problems that the country is experiencing that may affect your travel plans. Check for information on the country’s culture, history, geography, economy, government, and current political situation.
Watch the news and check online for travel warnings and public announcements. Travel warnings recommend people defer travel to a country because of dangerous conditions. Public Announcements provide fast-breaking information about relatively short-term conditions that may pose risks to the security of travelers. Please note that just because there are problems in one part of a country doesn’t mean that the entire country has problems. Find out whether your school offers additional information for international students, especially as it relates to arrival and orientation.
Eagles Horizon Consult can keep you abreast of such and other information about studying abroad. We will supply you with information on any travel benefits for students (e.g. how to save money on transportation and accommodations, and other resources.) You can also find a lot of useful information about scams and rip-offs that new foreign students need to be aware of.
Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before you travel.
Remember – Reckless behavior while in another country can do more than ruin your vacation; it can land you in a foreign jail or worse! To have a safe trip, avoid risky behavior and plan ahead.