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Getting ready to go abroad

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Touch Yinmony. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

Touch Yinmony, 27, graduated in 2009 with a media and communication degree from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Now, he is majoring in mass communication of science & advertisement and cinematography at the Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi, India.

“I did my studies and exchange programs in 7 different countries” he says. “Belgium, Germany, France, the US, Vietnam, Thailand and India. If you plan to live abroad you have to be well prepared to be able to adapt to a different culture and environment.''

According to Yinmony before moving to study to another country you should:

  1. be proficient in a foreign language, preferably English;
  2. have some working experience;
  3. have the necessary documents, high school and university certificate or transcripts, an ID photo;
  4. research about the location you are going to (i.e.: living standards, weather conditions, food etc.);
  5. get in touch with the local Khmer student committee in the country of arrival, if any. Contact the bureau of international students so they can arrange an airport pick-up for you and secure accommodation upon arrival;
  6. get informed about your study course so catching up will not be too strenuous;
  7. pack some Cambodian dry food as you might experience trouble with local cuisine at the beginning;
  8. bring clothes according to the local climate;
  9. have the right amount of local currency before leaving Cambodia;
  10. apply for a visa early as a lot of countries do not have any representation in Cambodia.

Be well prepared and you won't face any difficulty in the new country you will land in.

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