Whether you’re starting university for the first time or are getting ready to attend an international business school to further your education, you will need to prepare. Registering for the right classes and purchasing supplies are important, but there is more to the preparation process than just these two steps.

University is a new world, and you need to be ready for change, which is not always easy. In addition to packing and reading through course expectations, you also have to prepare mentally, and the following checklist will ensure you are ready for your university journey:

1. Remind Yourself: It’s a New Experience for Everyone

Going to university is a big change for everyone and even though the first few weeks may feel challenging and lonely, you must remind yourself that it’s new for everyone. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, and reminding yourself that everyone is going through this transition and not just you will allow you to keep a level head.

The first few weeks may feel a little uncomfortable, but this is very normal, as it will take time to adjust and become familiar with your new reality.

2. Manage Your Time

Procrastinating and not taking your time seriously will make your university experience very hard. Committing to time management will make your life a lot easier, and staying organized will help you learn and enjoy your time.

Learning time management skills will help you get off on the right foot, and there are many tools you can use to help with this aspect. There are homework planning apps you can rely on or, you can stick to a good old day planner.

Planning your time will allow you to make the most out of your university experience and in order to do this successfully, you must create a detailed daily schedule that blocks out time for classes, homework, studying and important events.

3. Try New Things

Have an open mind when you start university because whether you are attending an international business school or college, this is the time to find yourself and discover new passions.

Don’t be afraid to challenge old ways of thinking and join clubs or groups to meet new people. University is the perfect place to explore and stretch your mind!

4. Do Not Be Afraid to Ask for Help

University can be challenging and overwhelming, and this is especially true when campuses are large. Knowing where to turn for help will ease your mind, and there are many on-campus services including tutoring help, counselling services and other resources you can depend on.

Building a strong support system of friends and family will also help manage your stress.

Accessing Support with IBU’s Keep Me Safe Services

University life can be full of complexities and life adjustments. We have a “Keep Me Safe” service, a comprehensive support system that is accessible to all students. This service provides access to a variety of multilingual self-help resources through the SSP app.

Whether you need someone to talk to or are seeking advice, you can call or chat with a counsellor anytime, day or night, from anywhere in the world.

The service offers real-time, secure clinical chat support in five core languages: French, English, Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. This ensures that no matter where you’re from or what language you speak, you can find the help you need when you need it. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help; at IBU, we want to ensure that you have the support and guidance you need, every step of the way.

5. Take Your Time Choosing Your Major

Declaring a major right away can lead you to waste time and tuition money. While some students know exactly what they want when starting university, most don’t and that’s okay. The reason you are in university is to build a foundation for your career and to explore your interests, and this may require you to spend time choosing a major.

Career services can help you select a major that fits your personality and goals.


University is a fun chapter in your adult life that you’ll surely look back on with fond memory. It’s natural to feel nervous at first. Taking the time to prepare will make a world of difference and here at IBU, we want to ensure that students enjoy their university experience. Education is prioritized, as is the well-being of our students.

If you are considering attending International Business School or university, you can contact us for more information regarding courses and our enrollment process.

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