8 essential tips for Nepali students studying abroad

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Studying abroad presents an opportunity, for students, from Nepal to combine top-notch education, cultural immersion and personal development. Yet obtaining an international student visa demands preparation and foresight.

Here are eight essential factors for Nepali students to weigh before delving into the world of education.

Pick the right spot

First things first, deciding where to go is a big deal. You have to look at what each country and their colleges have to offer. Think about what you want to study, the language you’ll be learning, and the vibe you want. Places like the USA, Australia, Canada, and the UK are pretty popular among students from Nepal because they’re welcoming and have many options. But the best fit for you depends on what you’re after.

Visa stuff

Every country has its own set of rules when it comes to visas. It can get tricky with all the forms and documents you need, like showing you have enough money, getting health insurance, and proving you can speak the language if needed. Start early and pay attention to the details to make this step as smooth as possible.

Money matters

Let us discuss finances. Going overseas for studies can be expensive. It’s wise to calculate the amount required for various expenses. Tuition fees, accommodation, meals and some extra, for leisure and unforeseen situations. Explore options like scholarships, grants or part-time work to assist in meeting these needs. Keep in mind that certain locations have restrictions, on the number of hours you can work so be sure to investigate that.

Finding a home

Knowing where you’ll live is crucial. You might end up in a dorm, an apartment, or with a local family. Each has its perks, so consider what’s important to you, like cost, location, and amenities. Get this sorted before you leave Nepal to avoid any stress when you land.

Know your rights

It is important to know what you are allowed to do in your new home country and what’s off-limits. This could be about working, healthcare, or just everyday laws. Being clued up will keep you safe and out of trouble.

Stay healthy

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Moving to a new country can be overwhelming and might even mess with your health. Make sure you know how to use the healthcare system where you’re going, including mental health services. Eat right, stay active, and keep in touch with your family and friends back in Nepal to keep your spirits up.

Culture and community

Prepare yourself for a touch of adjustment. Do not allow it to intimidate you. Engage in orientation sessions participate in clubs and build connections, with individuals from corners of the globe. Maintaining an inquisitive mindset will facilitate your acclimatisation process. Remember to embrace the opportunity to introduce your cultural background to those, around you.

Looking ahead

Think about how your studies abroad will help you in the long run. Will your degree be recognised back in Nepal? How does it fit with your career goals? Networking with people in your field, even while you’re still studying, can open doors for you later on.

Studying in another country is a milestone offering an opportunity, for personal development and global exploration. By organising your journey and embracing the unknown with bravery pursuing this path could turn out to be one of the most rewarding choices you’ll ever make. Dare to envision possibilities prepare diligently and take that leap!

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Ghimire is a student currently studying in Canada.

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