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5 Things You Must Know When Travelling From Africa To Europe

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Many Africans are constantly in search for greener pastures, better opportunities or quality education for themselves or their relatives, and thus we get constant immigration from Africa into Europe.

Massive amounts of people are constantly migrating from Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe on a yearly basis, to put things into perspective, here is a graph showing the outflux of Sub-Saharan Africans who have traveled to Europe over the past 10years.

And I don’t think I comes as any surprise that Nigerians are on top of the list of immigrant suppliers to Europe, followed only by Ghana, this is according to a research done by PewResearch.

Evidently just as thousands of people actually make their way into European countries of their choice, many thousands only lose money in this attempt, and surely if you know someone who have tried, they’ll tell you just how expensive it is.

Question: How do you succeed where others failed?

The key to success has always been adequate preparation, and in many cases, luck and insider information has tilted the scale to favor many.

Today I will offer the trifecta. Lets get you prepared, offer you some insider information and then wish you luck

Here are 5 tips to help you succeed where others failed

1. Research your country of interest :

Market Research

Research

When it comes to proper preparation, nothing beats personal research,
you have to do your own research, you just have to, good thing is, google is free.

One major mistake common among young people is to ask questions from older people around them, usually brothers or uncles. Now this is definitely part of research, however humans are never a reliable source of accurate info for anything, I’ve known people personally who will give you advice on things they know nothing about. Instead seek out organizations specialized in this.

You could visit a travel agents office or browse their websites, but since I’m here to help out, below are a list site to visit for accurate information about any Europeans country of your choice;

I. Wikipedia :

Wiki has definitely come to stay as world’s number one archive or information, you can’t go wrong especially when you need basic information regarding any subject matter. Countries have loads of information on them in Wikipedia

II. Europa.eu :

The official site for the European union, I have found Europa.eu to be quite useful when it comes to updated info about any of the countries within the European union, which before the Brexit included Britain.

III. Educations.com :

If your reason for seeking immigration to Europe is to study, here’s a very handy resource to guide you through, choosing the best country and institution for higher learning.

IV. Study.eu :

Much like Educations, StudyEu helps you find information on universities, their programs and prices just by entering the country of interest into their search engine.

Finally, before you choose any particular country, be sure to check out all the possible barriers to settling in the side country, this includes, languages and weather.
If you’re travelling to a non English speaking country from an English speaking one like Nigeria, then you might just be setting up obstacles for yourself, especially if you’re going for a job or complete relocation.
Endeavour to pick a country that is easier to adjust to, definitely consider the weather too, some countries are just too cold.

2. Get your passport ready :

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International passports

Depending on your current country of residence, getting a passport might be a hard knock and you don’t want to be the reason you didn’t get your visa do you.

Applying for International passports should be done as quickly as possible, in fact, it should be your first task.
For quick guide to processing and procuring your international passport visit the immigration for your country, if you’re in Nigeria then check out the immigration office website for more info on the application process.

3. Set a travel plan :

What your exact travel plan/reason is determines just how easy it for you to get your visa approved.
There are about 4 major reasons people seek to travel from one country to another;

I. For Business
11. For Tourism
III. To Study
IV. Total Relocation

I.

Travelling for Business

If you’re travelling for business, its probably your first time since you’re reading this post, and you need a little help putting things together.

Here’s my advice, it doesn’t matter if you are on a personal or company budget, you will most likely need the services of a travel agency as business travels don’t leave room for much delays.
Here are a few resources to help you on your way.

Hotels,

you’ll definitely need to a place to stay, while your travel agent could probably take care this, they might be on commission and won’t necessarily provide you with the cheapest. So here are a few resources for hotel bookings;

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservations in Europe

Travelmania Vacation and Tours: That’s us, we are connected to several hotels across Europe and we always seek out the best value for your money, and cheap does not mean poor or represent poor and we make sure to provide the cheapest first.

Cheap Fights


If you’re riding on a personal budget, you’ll need to save money, and thus finding cheap flights would be your most important treasure. Here’s are a few resources for to help you find cheap flight from Africa to Europe

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Cheap flights
And if you’re travelling from South Africa, here is good resource to have SouthAfrica.to

We’ll cover the how to prepare for the other travel plans in the Visa section..

4. Easy Visa :

Depending on what your purpose of travel is, you’ll need to choose the kind of visa that’s most suitable to your needs.

The Schenghen Visa

, A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.

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Germany Schengen Visa

So if your travel plan hangs around business or tourism, here’s your go to visa.
A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. However you will need to apply for this visa from one of the EU countries and then you’ll have to touchdown first in their country and can immediately proceed to any other country of your choice.

National Visa :

If your reason for travel is to study abroad, stay or work there, you’ll need a national visa, this is specific for the country of your choice alone and does not give you allowance to cross the borders into other European countries, however they come with longer time periods in the duration of years.

Here are a few Tips if you intend to study abroad

Exchange Students study Abroad

I. Choose countries with active exchange student programs :

A number of European countries are known for their educational programs for foreign students. Listed Below are some of the countries with easiest access when it comes to educational opportunities for international students.

1.

Israel

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Tel-Aviv University

Israel is quite welcoming to international students and are well equipped with programs in English.
This is a major thing to look out for when applying to a country for educational purposes, the language they speak or languages which the program is presented in. For most countries, a student is expected to learn and pass exams in their language. Students from non English speaking countries are expected to take TOEFL.
For more info and guide with Israeli international student programs, visit this website.

2.

Finland

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University in FInland

Finland has been a major go-to destination for Africans seeking to study Abroad for many years now, Some of their universities are noted for offering courses and programs in English despite being a non-English speaking country, Finland universities offer over 400courses in both bachelors and masters programs.

For a complex guide on Finnish universities and their programs for international students, visit this website. And for universities offering free tuition courses, click here

3.

Sweden

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Sweden

More like Finland, Sweden is another known country for their several courses and programs for international students and scholarship opportunities. If studying abroad is your aim, then you should definitely consider to study Sweden.

Other European Countries offering competitive and relatively cheap courses for international students from Africa are;

4.

Whales

5.

Dublin

6.

Scotland

, and ..
7.

England

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5. Budgeting

Not a lot needs to be said here except how important budgeting is.

Generally, European countries do their part in taking care of their citizens, and while they also try to extend proper higher education to less fortunate third world countries, they do not want nuisance in their country, this means they want you to be able to take care of yourself while staying in their country to study.

Even if you find a scholarship program you qualify for, you must endeavor to have a source of funding for your feeding, clothing and housing, if you will not be staying in their hostels.

Many Africans travelling over to Europeans countries hinge on the hope of finding a job they can do while studying so as to make money to sustain themselves, this is not advised, but if that’s that plan, you’ll do well to be certain about the availability of this job and the flexibility of your course of study to accommodate a side job.

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