Hey everyone! As my time here comes to a close unfortunately, I have decided to share a few tips about studying abroad from what I have learned. I hope everyone has been having a fantastic time reading about all my adventures. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to go on a study abroad experience. These weeks have by far been the best weeks of my life. I have had an amazing time meeting new people and learning new things about different people and cultures. Somethings you would not be able to get surfing the internet or just reading a book. Somethings you have to experience yourself. This is a simple post about studying abroad some tid bits of knowledge for anyone considering it.
- I recommend it to everyone.
Honestly, I think it should be required to study abroad. I believe everyone should do it. It makes the world a little smaller and expands your mind.
- Pick something relevant to your studies.
Do research on your destination. If you are studying Spanish, going to Morocco might not be the best choice for you.
- Do your research.
Google the country, ask a friend who visited, take a look at Pinterest. Research everything. The language, the weather, the people, customs, and holidays especially holidays. You want to know what to expect. Also decide how long you want to go abroad, a summer, a semester, a year. Decide so you know how to plan.
- Discuss with your advisor.
Make sure your advisor is made aware of your plans so that your classes can transfer. Nothing is worst than doing an entire semester of work for no credit.
- Discuss with your parents.
This will be a big decision and it is best to discuss with your parents. I think its best to do your research, talk to your advisor, and talk to different program directors then tell your parents. This way things are simple for your parents and will put them at ease for when their baby is abroad.
- Money, Money, Money
One of the biggest concerns if not the biggest concern about studying abroad is paying for it. Like I mentioned in a previous post study abroad programs can range from about $7,000 a semester to $32,000 a semester.
Once you’ve done these things and decide where you want to go and you get accepted here’s what you should do:
- Keep an open mind.
Going to a new country, with a new culture, maybe even a new language can be challenging. If you keep an open mind in everything you do.
- Be aware of money
Paying for your trip abroad is one aspect of the money, but when you get there you will need money there. Budget your money. And know the exchange rate. The Oman exchange rate is $2.60 Omani Rial to $1 USD and $100 goes pretty fast at this rate.
- Never forget why you are there. Stay focused.
This can go both ways. You are there to Study Abroad. This means you are there to study and your studies should come first. But also be able to explore the country. Don’t get too caught up on your studies that you don’t get a chance to see all the sites and take in the city.
- Adhere to the countries rules
Some countries are stricter than US in certain things. And you may get in trouble for doing things in that you wouldn’t get in trouble for.
- You may get homesick, but stick it out.
There may be times when you miss your family and friends a lot, but it’s only temporary. Communicating with your friends and family can be a great way to get over homesickness for some and make it worst for others. I found for me talking to my family and friends about my trip made things so much easier. Some say that it can make it worse. So when the time comes you figure out what works best for you.
- Remember you are not there to meet your best friend, and that’s okay.
Going on trips similar to this you always want to make a best friend during your trip, but you must remember that’s not why you are there and be completely okay with it. Sometimes you might have to be alone and that’s completely fine.
These are a few tips for those thinking about studying abroad. I highly recommend it and absolutely love my time here. I hope these tips help you in any way possible.
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