Nowadays, the idea of studying abroad is very much a reality for many students. It is not an unattainable dream as it was in the past – in fact, more and more students decide to go abroad to broaden their horizons and gain new experiences every year. This does not have to be a permanent stationing; with the advances of today, summer internships, study tours, volunteer and charity work and similar opportunities are also opening up in addition to the three, four or five-year long learning opportunities at the university level. Accordingly, if you are planning to study abroad in the near future, first understand that this is not something impossible: with enough research and funds, just about anyone can afford to study abroad. Below are some helpful tips to better plan your future:
Hit the net – the internet is a treasure trove for those who are planning to study abroad. From Italian study tours to baccalaureates in Africa, the options are endless on the net. Look for websites that cater to students – some act as aggregate sites that list offers from various universities and higher education institutions, whereas others are directly involved in planning the studies.
Look for discounts – when looking for opportunities to study abroad, do not make financial burdens a reason to not avail yourself of them. There are many benefactors, patrons and institutions willing to fund higher studies today. Even if you are not financially disadvantaged, you can make use of discounts, fee waivers, scholarships, grants and many other forms of financial aid. These are either need-based or merit-based – the former is based on the actual need for financial aid, whereas the latter is based on the academic achievements one boasts about. Either way, know that there are many universities and institutions that are willing to cut half or even the full extent of your tuition; sometimes, there are even opportunities for fully-funded studies abroad.
Public transport – when you study abroad, make sure to avail yourself of the public transport of that country. There may be greater delays or inefficiencies (for example, if you were to compare Italian public transport and Japanese public transport), but all in all, the experience you can gain from small trips on the buses, trains, metros and other forms of public transport will contribute towards your experiencing the specific country you will be studying in. after all, at the end of the years abroad, you want to be aware of the country you lived in, right?
Build connections – another point you should also focus on to increase your awareness of the country you will be living in is to make sure to build relationships with the locals. Do not be shy to befriend locals – they can help you in improving your language, and show you areas of interest that are hidden from the tourist or foreigner’s point of view.