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10 Things You Should do Before Studying Abroad.

Going abroad for education is an exciting and rewarding experienc,but requires a lot of research and background knowledge.There are some obvious things you’ll need to be aware of before you go, but you should be ready for more than just a language and culture barrier. With proper preparation, your study abroad can be one of the best experiences of your life.

 1. Find out if your credits will transfer to your university.

Before you start the process of applying to study abroad, you should check with your school to make sure the classes you take will transfer. If your school doesn’t have a dedicated study abroad office, check with the registrar.

2.Find ways to finance your Study.

Studying abroad can be expensive. Prior to committing to any program, estimate how much you will spend during your time abroad. Some students might qualify for federal loans or grants. There are a multitude of scholarships available specifically for students who wish to study abroad. Check with your financial aid office for advice and assistance.

3. Get a physical.

Before leaving for your study abroad experience, you should visit your doctor and make sure you’re in good health. Tell your doctor where you’re going and see if he or she has specific recommendations. It is important that you are up to date with your vaccines. Remember to find out if any additional vaccines are recommended for your planned destination.

4. Get insurance.

Travel insurance is worth the investment should you get sick or have any serious medical issues. If you already have health insurance, check to see if it includes coverage for overseas care. If it doesn’t, you can get a policy specific for overseas travel.

5. Learn how to use a map.

This is HUGE. If you’re like most students, you live off WiFi when you’re abroad, so you can’t just search Google Maps wherever you are and find directions. And even if you do have some sort of plan in the country you’re staying, it usually doesn’t work when you travel. I can’t even count how many times my roommate and I got lost trying to find our way around Barcelona and other places. In Dublin, we got so lost that we realized that we weren’t even on the map of the city anymore. If you can use a map, this will definitely help you when you’re traveling.

7. Decide what you want to see and do.

Going abroad to study can be more than just going to school in a different country. You will have the opportunity to tour famous sites, museums and recreation areas. Research what you want to see and do while you’re abroad. If you are not sure you have enough money, make a budget so you can save up to do what you want. There are a variety of travel guides available; some are geared specifically to students traveling abroad.

8.Find a bank.

Banking in a foreign country is quite different than what you are used to in tyour country.  The easiest way to manage your funds  is to set up a bank account once you arrive. In doing so, you can have your money nearby and a way to access it quickly. Check with your study abroad consultant to find out what you need to open an account.

9.Learn about food and drink safety.

One of the joys of traveling is trying the foods and beverages of the country you are visiting. Before trying the local delicacies, it’s in your best interest to research any potential health hazards related to food and drink.

10. Know that you can’t plan for everything.

It’s a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to your departure, but there is no way to prepare for everything. Keep an open mind about your upcoming adventure. Any planning you do ahead of time will serve you well, but not knowing what will happen is part of the fun of travel


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