1. Know the basics – Learn the Language
Learn to speak conversational English before going abroad to study at university. Knowing additional European language will add value . This is important not only to ensure you understand what you are learning, but because you are living in a foreign country and it can be hard enough to find your way around without not knowing how to ask for help.
2. Be independent
Make sure you are comfortable doing independent study and research. The teachers wouldn’t spoon feed you every time with all information and that you would be responsible for your own learning. This can come as quite a shock to many international students who are used to more traditional teaching methods.
3. Arrange accommodation
Make sure you have accommodation before you go abroad to study.
4. Secure a source of income
Try to arrange a job so that as soon as you arrive in foreign country to start studying you can also start earning to support yourself.
As an international student on a visa, you can only work 20 hours a week during the university opening days and 40 hours during university holidays.