If we are to take a random sample of opinions of an average Nigerian student on their dream life after Secondary school, traveling abroad and studying in a foreign land would top the list of “to-dos”.
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Many scholars agree that studying abroad provides students with an opportunity to enjoy a well-rounded education and that on its own is a good enough reason why lots of Nigerian parents spend millions of Naira to send their kids abroad to get quality education.
Before jumping on that plane, there are a few things we believe you should be aware of. If you think we missed any, please let us know.
1. Have all necessary travel documents in place.
It goes without saying that a current passport will be required in order to enter a foreign country and to return home. However, many countries require a student visa. If your destination country requires a visa, be sure to apply well in advance of your expected departure. Confirm that the visa will cover your entire study abroad period.
2. Be aware of their social customs.
What looks Okay perfectly in Nigeria may be completely unacceptable elsewhere. To avoid unpleasant situations, find out about local customs before heading overseas. Remember to consider language barriers. Though you might understand the language of the country, you are visiting, there are still chances for misunderstanding.
3. Be decisive about all your intensions.
Going abroad to study can be more than only just going to school in an unknown country. It gives you an opportunity to tour notable sites, museums and recreation areas. Carry out a research on what to see and do while you‘re abroad. Also make a budget to help in saving enough so as to easily fit expenses you will encounter into your budget. There are a variety of travel guides available; some are geared specifically to students traveling abroad.
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4. Know how to locate the Nigerian embassy.
You should know where the closest Nigerian embassy is in case of trouble. Keep the phone number handy as well. Before you step your foot on that plane, please carry out a quick search for this.
5. Acquaint yourself with the law of the land.
Be sure to obey the laws of your host country at all times. Find out the laws for common activities, such as driving a car or drinking alcohol. What is not a big deal at home can be considered wholly terrible in another country. Even a minor incident can cause a lot of trouble for a foreigner who is not educated in the local laws.