My essential study abroad checklist
You’ve decided to study abroad in Ireland but what next? Anish, our NUI Galway Ambassador has created your go-to checklist. Read on…
What should I pack?
- September-October are grand (Irish lingo!), but then the sweet sub-freezing temperatures kick in.
Wind cheater and/or raincoat
- It rains all year round, and its very windy here. Umbrellas are best when kept in your cupboard. Speaking of which, keep waterproof shoes for daily use.
Casual clothes for school
- You might need these for year-round presentations
- Keep extra toothpaste, and tooth brush, shaving kit along with a moisturiser. I have also been told that sanitary napkins are expensive here than some countries.
- Meds here are expensive, and due to regulations your local meds might not be available here. Having said that, a packet of Strepsil costs 4 bucks here. So, keep these generic ones as well.
- It is quite cold, hence these will be needed in the house
Extra pair of glasses
- You don’t want to buy a pair here, believe me! Its exceptionally expensive
- A adapter which will help you use your electric devices in these sockets
A spare phone
- Just in case you lose your phone or it needs repairing.
- Keep the documents which go in your interview docket.
Extra copies of visa documents
Ready to eat food
- If you have some room in the bag, keep few of these as you might not have your own kitchen for first week, depending on your accommodation scenario.
- Keep a few packets of Everest masala
- Pressure cooker, as it is multipurpose
- Keep few types of Daal to make khichdi and stuff (Note: Rice, Rajma are cheap here)
Things to do before you arrive
- I won’t mention the visa-related tasks, as I am sure you already have taken care of that!
- Learn to cook
- Cancel or close utilities in your home country: bank accounts, phone connections, etc. as it can create a problem for your family to close these once you are here.
- Book temporary accommodation, be it in hostels or in in Airbnb. Check the connectivity to your college or university before booking.
- Book a bus from Dublin airport to the city before leaving as during student seasons, these buses are booked. For Galway, GoBus is best.
- Start requesting viewings on Daft and Facebook for a accommodation.
- Scan all your visa and important documents and keep them on your phone and cloud storage like Google Drive
- Keep a few passport size photographs (Irish visa standard)
- Make yourself a checklist and start shopping couple of weeks before to avoid last minute chaos.
- You can convert your local currency to Euro and keep some cash or ask your bank for a Forex card.
Things to do after you arrive
- Buy a sim-card on the first day to connect with your family. (Three is cheap and good, Lyca is good for calling India, Vodafone has good student offers).
- Register yourself at the university and collect your ID card.
- Enjoy the orientation week
- Start looking for a decent bike, go the BikeSoc and ask for their inputs.
- Search and finalize your accommodation
- Open your bank account (you can open this on your temp accommodation, with the owner’s consent and a letter from University)
- Start applying for part-time jobs
- Remember that soon the university shall be setting up meetings for you with the immigration officers. You may have to pay a fee.
- Get used to the university systems, student email, Library portal, Blackboard, Career portal, etc.,
- Don’t miss class!