There are hundreds of thousands of Asian students coming to the USA to learn English, to experience life in the USA, for their higher education and other cultural exchange programs. Even though Asian students are usually known to be quick adaptors as international students in USA, it is at times a challenge to adapt to life in the US, such as the different university life, weather, cultural and academic changes and even food habits when compared to the Asia. It helps to adapt quickly by preparing well at home before actually starting the US experience.
The following are a few important tips for Asian students looking for information before going to the USA.
Before leaving your home country
- You have to pay attention to the details regarding when you are traveling to the USA and what you are going to do. Take notes and make it a point to have important contact numbers as well as addresses of friends and family in the US that you think are useful while you are away from home country.
- Keep the contact numbers of people who can be useful during an emergency or when you need help. Keep the address and the contact number of your country embassy/consulate nearest to your city in the USA.
- These points and the contact numbers in your note book come handy when you arrive in the USA and help you quickly adapt to the new environs.
- Research your college/school/university, this can be done by referring their official websites.
After arriving in the USA
- You should be aware of the fact that Americans are very open, friendly and curious people. They appreciate and enjoy interacting with people who ask questions and smile. Even if you are not gregarious by nature, it is worth the effort to reach out to new people, some of which you can practice with your host family.
- Make notes of the things to notice and find as 'different' and see how you can adapt. You will find it interesting to read these notes later after you have adapted completely.
- It will help if you have an open mind and say 'yes' and try new cuisines.
While staying in America
- If you are not good at speaking English, then make it a priority to learn the language. If you hear a new word make a note of it, read the meaning and repeat this exercise till you start using it.
- You can join the local libraries and read story books or you can also get CDs and follow the story.
- It is very important to ask questions at your school/college/university. US teachers believe that students learn best by asking more questions and expect students to ask questions and discuss topics with them.
- When you have free time you can take up up kayaking, skiing, basketball, golf and meditation. You can also get involved in charity and other volunteer work like tutoring kids
Medical insurance for Asian students in the USA
Students from Asian countries to coming to the USA can buy international student insurance
plans and get medical coverage during emergency. These plans cover the insured for medical emergencies both inside and outside of the campus. Compare student insurance plans and American Student Insurance before buying it online.