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Going to university is always an adventure, regardless of where you study. However, for those who are looking to really challenge themselves and develop as a person, studying abroad is an especially enriching experience.
There are some nuggets of information every student needs to know to ensure their overseas education starts off on the right foot.
Work Out Your Budget
This is important advice for any student, but it is even more crucial when you are going to be living and studying abroad. If you are overseas, it is going to be more difficult for friends and family back home to support you if your funds run dry. Before you set sail for your overseas university adventure, you should try as hard as you can to establish your costs and expenses and work out how you will cover yourself.
There are several opportunities for you to save money and reduce your costs. For example, you can use comparison websites to establish what the most cost-effective method of transport will be. Sometimes, booking a different flight can make a difference of hundreds of pounds.
In some parts of the world, your choice of student accommodation can make a big difference in your overall security and stability. Even if this isn’t the case and you will be studying somewhere peaceful and quiet, your choice of accommodation will still have a significant impact on how your overall experience plays out. It is a good idea to research your options as thoroughly as you can before you leave.
For example, businesses like Collegiate, who provide first-class student accommodation throughout the UK, also offer student accommodation in Portugal and other countries in Europe. All their accommodation is high-end and prioritises the student experience above all else – and to continue from the above, all their rents are all inclusive so they won’t ruin your finance plan!
Studying abroad is an excellent way of making your university experience that bit more special and enriching. It might seem daunting at first, but with a little preparation, you can be ready for anything.
You don’t need to become fluent in the local language (although that would be a cool achievement). However, it is always a good idea to learn as much of the local language as you can before you leave. This will help you to feel more at ease and less like an outsider when you arrive. It will also make it much easier for you to converse with local people.
Once you know how much it is going to cost you to live in your new home, you then need to make sure you understand what financial services are available. Depending on where you plan on studying, you might need to open a new bank account or apply for a new bank card when you arrive.
You can also learn more about student bank accounts and how they can support your study abroad ambitions, as well as funding you can get for specific postgraduate qualifications too.
This is another important piece of advice regardless of where you are studying. You should find out as much as possible about the area around where you will be studying, what’s available around there, and any safety precautions that you might need to take. Does it have all the necessities you’ll need like transportation, shops etc?
Studying abroad is an excellent way of making your university experience that bit more special and enriching. As daunting as it is, you can unlock a multitude of opportunities and with a little preparation, you can be ready for anything.
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