There are several things one needs to do before leaving to go study abroad in a foreign country for an extended period of time. There will always be culture shock no matter where you go, but Asian countries might be a bit more surprising than others. To reduce said culture shock to a minimal amount, know a little bit about the country you’re about to study in. Know the exchange rate, the type of food, how they eat, and a little bit about their culture. Oddly enough, they will be just as surprised at you being there as you are.
Also, remember to have all of the necessary documents to make your stay in that foreign country legal. You’ll need a passport, and if you’re staying longer than 90 days, a visa. When you arrive, you’ll have to get other things, like your resident card, and your health insurance. If you are staying in Japan, you need to be signed up for the Japanese Health Insurance, otherwise you might be deported. Everyone has it, and it actually has great coverage.
Other things you’ll need to pack are things you won’t find in that foreign country, so do a little research before you go. Japan doesn’t really have normal deodorant, so bring extra of that. Bringing things that remind you of home doesn’t hurt either. You’ll be gone a long time, and I’m sure you’ll miss it somewhat. Be careful though! International flights only allow two free check-in suitcases and they can’t be over fifty pounds each. If you don’t want to limit yourself to two bags, or don’t feel like having a twelve hour flight, kayaking across the ocean is always another option.
Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you found it to be informative, yet still funny! If you have any questions, or suggestions of what I should do it on next, let me know. The rest of my blog will be focusing on Japan, so keep that in mind! You can watch my entire pre-departure process on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpvAjUE8MGo&feature=g-all-u