Top Ten Tips For Studying Abroad
Considering studying abroad? Don't miss out on these tips
Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding, educational and fascinating experiences in your life. There are unfortunately occasional pitfalls that you can befall that are, frankly, best avoided.
Our top ten tips for studying abroad will ensure things run a lot smoother:
1. Plan Your Budget
Studying abroad can be the most fun thing you’ll ever do, but being confined to your room because you overspent in the first couple of months, leaving you broke for the last few is not the way forward. Planning your budget starts from day 1; look out for Cheap Flight Deals or One-Way Flight Deals to your destination and start off on the right foot.
2. Learn the Lingo
There’s not a lot worse than arriving in a foreign country and not being able to speak the language. Sure, getting by with a bit of simple English is probably possible in most places, but it goes a really long way with the locals if you make the effort to speak their native tongue (even if it is badly and you end up reverting to English.)
3. Research Credit & Debit Card Options
It’s important to maximise your money when you’re studying abroad, and paying a premium to withdraw your money or to pay on a card doesn’t fit within that plan. Do your research before you leave home and you’ll find some great deals on UK cards that allow you to spend your money freely abroad for little, or no, extra charges. Fail to do your research, and you could be paying a fortune.
4. Know the Local Emergency Numbers
A big one this, you need to know what to do if you get into any trouble. The first place to start is memorising the local emergency numbers. Unfortunately, they’re not all as simple as 999, but with a little bit of preparation you’ll be fine.
5. Photocopy Important Documents
A year can be a long time to study abroad, especially if you don’t get (or don’t want) the opportunity to go home at some point. In that time, it’s pretty easy to forget where you put your passport on the first day when you arrived. So, be safe and keep a spare photocopy of your passport in a few different places. This will ensure you have it available should the worst happen and you misplace your passport.
6. Get Insured
Not everywhere has a National Health Service quite like the UK, meaning you’ll need comprehensive travel insurance for your trip to cover you in the event of an emergency. In places like America you’ll have to have this insurance (or a bucket load of money) otherwise you simply won’t receive treatment, whilst within Europe you are entitled to certain cover with an EHIC. Ensure you declare all existing medical conditions when purchasing your travel insurance to guarantee you’re properly covered.
7. Make Friends
Schools accepting foreign students are often a fascinating melting pot of different people from different countries and cultures, often unlike anyone you’ve ever met before. Don’t be put off by this, everyone’s in the same boat and is looking to get out there and make new friends to enjoy these next fascinating experiences with. If you’re struggling to make new friends, consider booking a Cheap Activity Tour in your local area out of term time and you’ll be likely to bump into a fair few students in a similar position.
8. Consider Getting a Job
Studying abroad isn’t free, in fact it can be quite expensive. You can ease this financial weight by getting a part time job around your studying. Often there can be a number of unique opportunities for English speakers studying abroad, for example teaching English as a foreign language. This can often be very well paid as well meaning you may even leave your time studying abroad with a bit of money in your bank account.
9. Find the Right Accommodation
Finding the right accommodation is based on so many different things. It could be your financial position, your required proximity to things, your length of stay or so many others. The best way to find what’s right for you is to weigh your priorities up, and go from there. Do you need to be close to your place of study or will you be mainly studying from home? Do you need to save money on accommodation or can you afford to spend a little more? Are you there for a full year or just a month or two? All these questions and more help shape what is right for you, but make sure it is.
A top tip from us would be to visit your study destination before you start, stay in a Cheap Hotel, and scope out the accommodation options available.
10. Take a Chance on Things
The final tip is really quite simple; take a chance on things and get yourself involved. This could be the best time you ever have, but you need to make that the case. Get amongst it, don’t say no to any new experience available to you, get to know people outside your traditional friendship group type and see where you end up. Thousands of people who study abroad never leave the place they move to study, or end up coming back to live there when they’ve finished studying. That all came from taking a chance on something new.