We will help you feel at home abroad.
We’re committed to making sure you feel supported at every step of your study overseas journey. That’s why we host pre-departure briefings throughout the year to help you prepare for life in your new country.
Preparing you on what lies ahead
These pre-departure orientation sessions will prepare you to navigate both personal and cultural growth opportunities while you are abroad.
You will discover more about:
Insights into the local culture
It helps to have some knowledge of the local culture and customs before arriving in your study country. This eases your transition into the community and helps you interact with your new classmates more effectively. Half of the fun of going abroad is learning about the things people from other cultures do differently.
Student life in your new country
When you study overseas, you will need to adjust to a new learning environment, where there may be different learning styles, classroom environments and expectations. You’ll also be getting used to new cultural norms as a student.
Culture shock is very common when you move to a completely different culture than yours. Since it plays an important role in adjusting to your study country, we will discuss the various stages (honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and acceptance) in our briefings. We would also guide you with some simple techniques on how to recognise if you are undergoing culture shock, the stage you are in and how to deal with it.
Support and well-being in your new country
Whether it is academic support, English language assistance or visa advice, we outline some of the practical support that is available to international students.
Banking and foreign exchange
One of the first things on your to-do list when you arrive in your new study country will be setting up a bank account. Having a local bank account will ensure that you have easy access to your funds to pay for your accommodation, tuition fees and living expenses. It also allows your employer to deposit your remuneration into your account if you choose to work during or post studies.
Working while you study and advice on internships
Part-time jobs can help complement your study and living experience. We will discuss how to stay within the rules of your student visa and help you with some tips on finding a good student job.
Dealing with homesickness
We know it is hard to stay away from family and friends, but we will guide you by providing some useful tips on how to deal with the feeling of homesickness when you arrive in your study country.
Brush up on legalities
We will brief you on the dos and don’ts of your study country and what rights you have as an international student.
…plus, much more practical guidance and support.
A network of advice
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions from IDP alumni and network with current and future students just like you.