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Pre-departure Support

We’ll 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.

From visiting to belonging

These pre-departure orientation sessions will help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities while you’re abroad.
You’ll 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’ll 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

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’ll 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 facing culture shock, the stage you are in and how to deal with it.

Support and well-being in your new country

Whether it’s academic support, English language help or visa advice, we outline some of the practical support that’s 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 money 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’ll 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’s hard to stay away from family and friends, but we’ll help you with some tips on how to deal with the feeling of homesickness when you arrive in your study country.

Brush up on legalities

We’ll brief you on the dos and don’ts of your study country and what right you have as an international students.

…plus, much more practical guidance and support.

A network of advice

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of IDP alumni and network with current and future students just like you.

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