10 things to remember when studying abroad
16 MARCH, 2018 CULTURE ERIN O'NEILL
Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity that any student should grab with both hands. It can, however, be hard to process how different things are in your new study destination.
Hopefully by reading through these tips you’ll feel at least a little more confident and prepared to study abroad.
Make local friends
Making friends with the locals will enhance your experience. They’ll be able to show you hidden sights, give you language tips, and provide you with insider information about the place you’re studying in.
Keep your valuables safe
Keep track of your valuables. Make sure that your passport, mobile phone, money, and laptop are somewhere safe. It can be difficult to replace these items when you’re abroad, so it could be a good idea to look into the different types of insurance on offer.
Bring good walking shoes
If you’re studying in a new country, there’ll be a lot to explore, which means a lot of walking! The best way to get to know your new home is by taking a walk through your surroundings. Having decent walking shoes will make all the difference.
Try the local food
Go out of your comfort zone and try the local delicacies. Even if you don’t think it will be to your usual taste, push yourself to try something new. You’ll become more knowledgeable about the culture of the place you’re staying, and probably find a new favourite dish!
Keep a travel diary
You’ll make a lot of new memories whilst studying abroad, and the best way to remember your experience is to document it in a travel diary. You can use writing, photos, or even a video blog – the choice is yours! One day you’ll look back and be glad to have something to remind you of the good times.
Learn key phrases
No one will expect you to be completely fluent in the language of the country you’re studying in, but it would be beneficial to learn a handful of key phrases before you set off. Things like fire, help, and where is the bathroom? are sure to come in handy.
Research your medication
If you take prescription medication, you should talk to your doctor before you move abroad to get your medicines in order. Finding the medication you usually rely on could be more difficult in your study abroad destination.
Buy the correct plugs and adaptors
Don’t be surprised if your electrical devices don’t work abroad. Buy an adaptor and pay attention to the voltage situation in your study abroad destination. You should be able to buy an adaptor in the country you’ll temporarily be calling home, but it is probably more convenient to find out beforehand.
Go to class
It might be easy to get carried away by playing tourist and exploring your new home – but you still have to go to class. Make sure that keeping on top of your classwork is your top priority. There’ll still be time for all the fun stuff in between!
Make a budget
It’s bad enough running out of money in your home country, but if you’re abroad with minimal access to funds and no friends or family around, it can be downright dangerous! Make a budget for each week and stick to it – you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
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