Study abroad for the right reasons. And if you land abroad as an international student, you can do better by avoiding some mistakes. And given the high cost of education abroad, these are costly mistakes.
The biggest mistake
Unfortunately, most students decide to study abroad to obtain a work permit and, in due course, a PR visa. In their desperation to do so, they select any destination and institution that can give them a letter of admission. They aim to get a student visa, to go abroad and not to get good quality international qualifications to help them build a career.
An undergraduate degree in India or your home country is fine
If you can gain admission to an undergraduate course and a good institution in India of your choice, save some money to do a postgraduate degree abroad at a later stage.
You are going abroad for studies and not for a job
As an international student, your priority should be studying, not working. Doing part-time jobs (usually 20 hours per week) is acceptable, but the aim should be to familiarize yourself with the international work environment and not to earn money. Doing well in your studies can lead to excellent scholarships for future study and, most importantly, good references from your lecturers and professors. Moreover, good grades during studies will ensure that your starting packages will be excellent and in open professions in the PR visa categories. This opens up opportunities to get accepted by top universities for postgraduate courses and timely research.
If you can afford it, please do not work part-time. Instead, use the time to take an additional course or learn a different skill that will improve your current qualification. Alternatively, you should do volunteer work or a free internship in your related industry to gain local experience rather than working in stores. IF you need to work part-time to support yourself, then aim to work in a related industry – even if you earn less money.
Once abroad, choose your social circle carefully
Expanding your social circle beyond your community is critically important. If you stay with the same members of the community, it defeats one of the main reasons you go to study abroad. If possible, stay with local families who offer insight into a different culture rather than friends from college. It will also help you with your English language proficiency and a local accent.
Don’t share your accommodation with too many students
Please do not stay in shared accommodation with too many students. A roommate is an ideal situation. Try to choose this partner among your elders rather than in the same class. It will help you in your studies. The senior room partner will also learn from you, especially from mistakes and experiences.
Avoid unnecessary expenses
Don’t waste money buying things like new cars. Their maintenance is expensive, mainly due to insurance. The younger you are, the more you pay for insurance. Instead, use local transport as much as possible, which is easily accessible and affordable in most cities around the world. If necessary, buy a used car and that after the studies. Never buy a new vehicle as a student, even if your parents offer it to you. Never drive drunk If you get caught, you not only risk earning negative points and losing your driver’s license, but you also risk jeopardizing your chances of getting a job and a PR visa – for all time.
Avoid using credit cards
Getting credit cards made and using and reimbursing EMIs is another mistake, especially if you can’t make a payment on time. The interest charged is very high. And defaulting on payment has a negative impact beyond credit scores. Again, this can impact your chances of getting a good job, which can, in turn, affect your chances of getting a PR visa. You may not get the points for local experience or you may end up working in an unrelated profession – which may not be on the list of in-demand professions – meaning, again, no points additional for a PR visa.