If you decide to go overseas, you have make a brave but rewarding decision. The opportunity to study abroad allows the college student to learn about another country. History textbooks could never teach as much about a country as actually going to the country and experiencing it first hand. Before you decide to study abroad, there are five things you should know.
1. How well do you know the language?
– When you decide to study abroad in the United States or United Kingdom, you may be required to take your courses in English. Make sure you applied for ESTA before travelling to US.
– If the college doesn’t require you to know the language, you should consider learning basic phrases before you travel to the country.
– You may want to buy a pocket translator if you do not understand the language of the country. You can buy an electronic device (such as a smart phone, tablet, iPad, etc) to help you translate words from one language to another or you can buy a small translation book.
2. Do you have the necessary paperwork?
– Before you decide to travel abroad, you know check with your university and homeland to make sure you have the paperwork the needed for your stay.
– If you find out it’s optional to have a visa for your stay, you should err on the side of caution. It’s better to have the visa than not have it.
– Make sure you have the necessary documents that you need to travel at least a week before you decide to travel. You do not want to be rushing around at the last minute for the ESTA paperwork.
3. Do you know anyone while studying abroad?
– You may want to make a decision on where to study abroad based on whether or not you know someone in the area of the college.
– If you do not know anyone in the country you’re traveling to, it’s perfectly fine. Usually, the college will pair foreign students with other foreign students.
– Your roommates may not speak the same language as you, but you will probably have things in common with them as foreigners.
4. How serious are you about taking classes while abroad?
– You may decide to take a couple of classes, so you can focus your attention on traveling. You may decide that you want to focus on school, and do a little bit of traveling.
-Make sure you spend your money time wisely because it can be costly and time-consuming to study abroad.
– It may be a good idea to plan your holidays/vacations when you get to the country, so you know what you’re doing before hand.
5. How are you going to financially support yourself while abroad?
– If you decide to get a job whiles studying abroad, you will have to fill out the necessary paperwork with the university.
– You may decide to save as much money as you can before you decide to go to the college.
– College students who are in another country for an extended period of time may want to consider opening a bank account in the new country.
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