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Make Studying Abroad Part of Your Bucket List!
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  • November 29, 2014

We all agree that going to College is one of the best decisions one can make in their life. College offers so many advantages; you gain an education, which can lead to a successful future in a good career. You gain unforgettable memories, learn life lessons and you make lifelong friends and connections. Not only do you experience all of this by going to College, but most schools offer many resources to help students make it the most unforgettable 4-6 years of their life. One of these resources many Universities offer is the chance to Study Abroad. You can go to places like London, Ireland, Spain, Australia or Germany and still continue your college education!

Fall semester is coming to an end but, you can still study abroad in the spring time or even plan ahead for next fall. Whenever you decide to take that leap of faith, here are a few tips you might want to consider before you do so. You always want to make sure you are fully informed and prepared before jumping into something this big and exciting!

Tip #1- Get informed. The first thing we recommend is getting as much information from your school about their studying abroad program as possible. Find out all the options and pricing packages before shutting something out, there are always options! Also make sure you find a destination that offers the classes you need in your degree plan.

Tip #2- Save, save, save! Even if you don’t plan on studying abroad for a few semesters, start saving now! Some schools allow financial aid to help with tuition costs and lodging, but you’ll need some extra money for personal use. It would be helpful to have it already saved before you go instead of having to take out any more loans!

Tip #3-Where do you want to go? Consider all the options and research all the destinations your school offers. Don’t just choose a certain place because it’s “the prettiest” or “most popular”. There are many reasons why one wants to go to Europe, find a reason that connects to you of why you wish to study and live there for 4-5 months.

Tip #4- Once you have decided where you want to study abroad, it would be a good idea to get familiar with the language and customs of the place you chose. Research how the people talk, dress, eat, socialize, etc. So you won’t be such an outsider! Plus, you wouldn’t want to insult anyone there!

Tip #5- Depending on how long you will be staying (and/or the country you are going to) – You might need to get a Student Visa. Put this towards the top of your “to do” list – you don’t want to go without having that!

Check out our Studying Abroad part II blof for 5 more tips!