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Thriving Abroad:
A Guide for International Students

Welcome to your next big adventure – studying abroad! Here’s some advice to navigate the cultural nuances, academic expectations, and financial practicalities of your host country. Let’s dive in!

  1. Respect the Titles: Address your professors as ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ followed by their last name. A ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’ might not fit the bill.
  2. Pronunciation is Key: Take the effort to get the pronunciation of names right – it shows respect and attention to detail.
  3. Don’t Be a Copycat: No copy-pasting here, please. Plagiarism is a serious offence and can jeopardize your academic career.
  4. Punctuality Pays: Master the art of discipline. Assignments submitted on time not only impress professors but also give you a sense of achievement.
  5. Team Up: Embrace the challenge and opportunity of working in teams. It’s a great way to learn, grow, and make new friends.
  6. Navigating Cultural Differences: While subtle racism might exist, it’s generally absent in academic or professional settings. Stay positive and let your work speak for you.
  7. Privacy Matters: Respect the high value your hosts place on privacy. It’s an essential part of their culture.
  8. Food Etiquette: Sharing food directly from your plate might be seen as offensive. Stick to the ‘your plate, my plate’ rule.
  9. Spread Smiles: It’s common to smile at people. Let your joy shine through your smiles!
  10. Be Wise with Niceness: Your hosts are generally warm and friendly, but remember to differentiate between friendly gestures and personal intentions.
  11. India in your Heart: Carry your roots with pride! Avoid speaking negatively about India in front of international folks.
  12. Know their History: Brush up on the history of the country you’re heading to (no, not just Hollywood history). It’s a great ice-breaker!
  13. Get Credit Savvy: Understand ‘Credit Score’ and ‘Credit History’. They’ll play a big role in your financial journey abroad.
  14. Tech Matters: You’ll need a laptop, so start saving! The investment is absolutely worth it.
  15. Shop Smart: Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and July 4th bring great deals.
  16. Online Shopping Safety: It’s convenient but always check the credibility of the website before hitting ‘Buy Now’.
  17. Avoid Scams: Beware of credit card scams. Use RFID Wallets for additional safety.
  18. There’s No Free Lunch: Be wary of “free” offers, whether it’s movie rentals or magazine subscriptions. They often come with a hidden cost.
  19. Ask and You Shall Know: Before buying anything, especially schemes with a ‘discontinue penalty’, ask all the necessary questions. It’s your right as a consumer.


Remember, preparation is key to feeling at home in your new surroundings. Enjoy your journey, study hard, and make lasting memories!


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