5 TIPS TO SETTLE ABROAD

Moving to a different country can be exciting, but at the same time it has its own set of apprehensions. While it may be natural to feel nervous as one is moving their roots and shifting to a foreign country, it can also be an exhilarating phase to look forward to. Learning how to settle down in a land across the sea and away from home can be a bit overwhelming, but once one accepts it, it feels like the best decision ever made.

Settling down may seem like a task, but with a few simple steps kept in mind, it could be made simpler. Dubai is a city encompassing the best promises for the future. The land of sultans, dreams and an amalgamation of cultures, the city has a lot to offer.

Below are a few tips to settle in a different country, away from home.

‘MOVING’ LOGISTICS

Primarily, one should plan their moving logistics right. Tying up with an international service, filing the right documentation for relocation and finding an affordable accommodation has to be in order. Once the basics have been figured out, customs also have to be kept in mind. It’s important to be well-informed about the country’s laws and regulations which could come in handy while moving. Pack light and take a suitcase for two weeks with your necessities and then planning it out further could be convenient for many. For example, you could fix a shopping budget for the next month or so and slowly build your wardrobe once you are settled.

PREPARING FOR THE MOVE

Once you have invested time in the careful planning of your move and have your itinerary in place, next would be setting up your utilities and bank accounts. This saves a lot of time once you are in the country. Also, learning about the country’s culture and language can take you a step ahead. For Dubai, English and Hindi can help you majorly, as Hindi has recently been declared as the 3rd official language of the country. M Relocation agencies can help you find a good neighborhood and help you plan your lifestyle around it.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE, Dubai) has a good international student body that could be reached out to in terms of guidance and suggestions while setting up home in Dubai.

Multicultural environment invites more people who can help in terms of approach and communication, especially when you are new and still developing navigation skills in a new country.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Sorting out a public transportation is a good way to not get lost or feel overwhelmed during the initial days of your stay. Apart from this, having a bit of knowledge regarding maps and navigation, finding out easier routes can also make life easier. Having a good sense of public transportation and key routes will help you find your way as well as help you save on transportation costs. You can integrate your transportation according to the weather as well, since in countries like Dubai where you could experience harsh summers, you would want to look at options that help you travel in comfort and economically at the same time.

TOURISTIC ASPIRATIONS

The best part about living in a new country is fulfilling touristic aspirations. Explore the new city in all its vibrancy. Make a note of the must visit places, let your inner explorer take the front seat. It’s always helpful to understand the heart of a city through sight-seeing and public places. You could even rally around with your batch mates and students.

MAHE Dubai has a very exuberant international student body with lively atmosphere that you can benefit from in terms of student relations and activities.

GET INVOLVED AND ENJOY

Involvement in local or college communities is a great way to interact with like-minded people and find new friends. It’s important to have a good set of friends when you are outside and slowly grow your social network. Student clubs and extracurricular activities open up many windows for such opportunities. MAHE Dubai has similar student run communities where one can find their niche and let their passion flourish. The cosmopolitan culture also helps a newcomer settle down & adapt easily.

At the end of the day, no matter where you travel to and settle down for higher studies, it’s wise to start getting involved in employment scenarios right from the start so it helps you in the long run. Seizing the opportunity to be able to convert one’s stay in a foreign country with the benefits of a long term employment is always profitable in the long run.