As an international student participating in the Erasmus program, moving to a new country and settling into a student room can be both exciting and challenging. However, with some preparation and research, the experience can be a positive and enriching one. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how international Erasmus students can prepare for moving into a student room.
1. Research the location
Before moving, it’s essential to research the location where you’ll be living. Look for information about the city or town, the neighborhood, and the public transportation system („Jak dojade” app). You may want to consider factors like safety, accessibility, and distance from the university.
2. Communicate with your host
Communicate with your host or landlord to get any information you need about the apartment or house, such as what items are included and what you need to bring. Additionally, ask about any specific rules or regulations that may apply to your stay.
3. Pack accordingly
As an international student, you may need to bring specific items that you cannot find in the country you’re moving to. Additionally, make sure to pack appropriately for the climate of the location you’re moving to. Check the baggage allowance for your airline and make sure to pack within the limits.
4. Learn the language
Learning some basic phrases in the local language can be helpful in settling into your new surroundings. It’s also useful to download language apps that can help you practice and communicate with others.
5. Join online communities
Joining online communities for international students can help you connect with other students in the area, get tips and advice, and make new friends. Look for groups on social media or check if your university has a dedicated page for international students.
6. Check visa requirements
If you plan to stay in a new country for a longer period of time, make sure you meet visa requirements. Before you start the moving process, make sure you understand what documents and formalities you will need to take care of to legally stay in the country. In some countries, obtaining a special student visa may be required.
7. Consider buying essential items on site
If you don’t want to transport too many things, consider buying essential items on site. You can buy bedding, towels, and other household items in a store or from the previous tenant. This will help you minimize the amount of luggage you will have to carry.
8. Get health insurance
Before you leave, make sure you have health insurance that will cover you during your stay abroad. If you have health insurance in your country, check if it also covers treatment in another country.
9. Learn about culture and customs
Before you leave, it’s worth learning about the culture and customs of the country you’re moving to. You can read books or articles about the culture of the country, as well as seek information from experienced travelers.
10. Be open to new experiences
The last but not least point is being open to new experiences. Moving to a new country and settling in a student room can be a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to meet new people, cultures, and places. Be open to new opportunities and experiences, and the move will certainly be a positive and enriching experience.
In conclusion, preparing for a move as an international student participating in the Erasmus program can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. By researching your new location, communicating with your host, packing accordingly, learning the language, and joining online communities, you can make the experience a positive one. Remember to keep an open mind and be flexible, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying an exciting and enriching new chapter in your academic journey.