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We realize that embarking on a study abroad journey may be an exciting yet a challenging experience. We conduct pre-departure seminars to make sure that students have a smooth transition and a successful academic endeavor.

Our pre-departure seminars are designed to offer students insightful advice and support prior to beginning their study abroad experience. We think that the key to maximizing the benefits of studying abroad is thorough preparation.

Important Documents to Carry While Traveling

A Valid PassportBIO Instructions LetterCAD Money exchange Receipt
The letter of introduction (POE)BIO Correspondence LetterPayment Receipt like accommodation
Letter of acceptance from CollegeCollege Payment ReceiptPassport Request (PPR)
GIC Receipt and Welcome LetterCollege Offer Letter (new + old)Air Ticket
Arrive CAN receiptMedical Report should be validPassport size Photos
Health Insurance CardValid IELTS TRFAll mark sheets and certificates
BIO Appointment LetterTravel Insurance (if Applicable)Confirmation of Enrolment

Travel Documents

The first and foremost important thing to include in the packing list for Indian students going abroad is to pack all essential documents. Also, have photocopies of these documents in case the original gets stolen. This makes the process of acquiring replacements from the immigration office a lot easier if the original gets lost or stolen. This includes.

  • Passport
  • Student Visa
  • Credit Card
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Plane and train tickets
  • Boarding Pass
  • Student Card
  • Health insurance card
  • Enrollment confirmation from university
  • Fee receipt for accommodation allotted

Prescription Medicine

If you are taking prescription medicine, carry it with you in quantity enough to cover your whole stay if possible. This is because it is not certain whether the medicine you require is available in the country or not. Carry the doctor’s prescription too, in case you run out of doses. You should also take some general medicines with you, such as those for headaches, cold & cough, etc. Just ensure that the brand you are using is legal in the country you are moving to.

  • Paracetamols
  • Cough Syrups
  • Bandages
  • Anti-allergy medicines
  • Dettol or any antiseptic liquid
  • Antiseptic creams

Local Currency

Nowadays, visas and MasterCards are accepted throughout the world. Still, it is advisable to have some local currency with you, just in case. This could be done at airport kiosks, foreign exchange desks, and private money exchange businesses. You can also get foreign currency cards and traveler’s checks for exchanges in a foreign country.

Mobile Applications

It is a well known fact that mobile applications are making life easier in the present scenario. Although you won't “pack” them in literal sense, these will smooth your transition from one country to another. Some of the important ones among them are maps, translators, cab services, food apps, hotel services, dictionary or translators to understand local languages, etc. Do a little research and find out what apps are popular in the country you are planning to visit. It is also important to install messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype, etc.


Electronic devices

Electronic devices like mobile phones and laptops also count as essential these days. However, there is a very high possibility that the outlets in your dormitory, residence hall, or apartment will not be the same as the ones you have in your home country. Thus, it is advised to carry a universal adaptor from your home country just in case you cannot find a place to purchase one in a foreign country. Following is the list of essential electronic items that should be included in the packing list for Indian students going abroad

  • Cell Phones
  • Laptop
  • Outlet Adaptors
  • USB Cables
  • Charger for phone, Laptop, etc.


Research the type of climate and culture prevalent in the country you are moving to and pack your clothes accordingly. If you are moving to countries like the USA, Canada, etc. pack warm clothes as they have cold weather, whereas East-Asian and African countries have warmer weather. Don't go overboard and pack only basic outfits. However, following are some of the essential items that you can keep in your wardrobe

  • A jacket (preferably weatherproof)
  • Raincoat (if it is rainy in the country)
  • 1-2 pairs of shoes and shocks
  • A few pairs of undergarments
  • 3-4 casual outfits
  • 3-4 daily wear outfits
  • At least one business outfit
  • Towel


There is a high probability that you won’t go shopping immediately after landing at the study abroad destination. You might also not find your choice of brand or its close alternative immediately. Hence, it is always a good idea to take some essential daily use items along with the luggage. The quantity should be enough to support you until you get settled, (approximately a week). Some of the items to include in the packing list of Indian students going abroad are as follows

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
  • Deodorant or perfumes
  • Shaver, Razor, Shaving cream
  • Comb
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tissues and toilet papers
  • Makeup and some other basic grooming


Some other items that can be included in the packing list for Indian students going abroad are as follows. These are not as mandatory as the above mentioned essentials. So it is up to you whether you want to carry them from your home country or buy them from the host country.

  • Backpack
  • Purse or wallet
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Essential jewelry
  • A journal or diary
  • Bed sheets, pillows
  • Office supplies like paper, pens

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Frequently Asked Questions

Studying abroad presents a myriad of advantages, including valuable industry exposure through internships and work opportunities, in-depth knowledge acquisition, the opportunity to earn an international degree, and the enhancement of career prospects with a globally recognized qualification. A key advantage lies in the hands-on exposure that enables students to comprehend diverse work cultures, foster practical skills, and cultivate a robust professional network. Furthermore, obtaining an international degree not only enhances academic credentials but also showcases a global perspective, greatly expanding career opportunities in our increasingly interconnected world.

There are various countries that are widely regarded as excellent study abroad destinations. Some popular study abroad destinations include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and France. These countries have prestigious universities and educational institutions, providing a wide variety of academic programs, and an immersive cultural experience for international students. However, the Ideal study-abroad destination is determined by personal preferences, academic ambitions, and the specific field of study.

The exams required to study abroad can vary depending on the country, university, and specific program you are applying to. Some most common exams include the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English proficiency, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For graduate-level programs specifically in the USA, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) are often required.To ascertain the precise examinations needed for your desired study abroad destination, it is crucial to conduct thorough research and seek guidance from an experienced study abroad counselor.

Depending on the programme and university, the study abroad application process often begins many months in advance. It is advised that you conduct research and prepare for study abroad at least 6-12 months before your start date. This will give you plenty of time to acquire all of the relevant documentation, such as transcripts and recommendation letters, take any required exams, such as language proficiency tests, and meet application deadlines. Starting early ensures that you have a sufficient amount of time to concentrate on the application process and boosts your chances of getting into your desired study abroad program.

As it involves preparing for an extended stay in a foreign place, packing for study abroad might be difficult. However, with the right direction and resources, the process can be greatly simplified. For instance, Globedwise hosts Pre-Departure sessions that help students get ready for their study abroad journey.These sessions provide valuable knowledge and guidance on various aspects of packing, including what essentials to bring, how to pack efficiently, and tips for managing luggage restrictions. In this session, students can obtain practical insights and receive assistance in making well-informed packing choices. This enables them to pack confidently and ensure they have everything they need for a successful study abroad expedition.