Studying abroad can be one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have in your life. At the same time, only a few are getting the most out of it. In today’s post, I’m going to show you 25 tips based on my personal experience while studying at an foreign university. These advices will help you to get one step further than others. Let’s get right into it.
Yes. If you are having this thought of studying abroad, then my suggestion is to go for it. Many students are forced to study abroad by their parents. Let me tell you that usually, they don’t end so well. Therefore, if you are the one that has the idea, it is often a good sign that you will enjoy and get most of the experience. With that being said, try to find the motivation to do it, I promise it will be worth it.
Study abroad is not like going down stair to get a donut. It is more like going to a jungle to find a treasure box. The idea is, it takes quite a lot of preparation and a lot of time. A lot of people fail to prepare early and then realize there are still a lot of things which they didn’t do. DON’T BE LIKE THEM. Get ready as early as you can.
Usually, you can list all the steps that you need to accomplish such as the documents, the tasks and a bunch of other things. Mooxye actually helps you with that quite a lot. But if you don’t use it yet, you can still write on a piece of paper. Every time you complete a task, cross it off. That helps you stay on track and decrease a lot of anxieties. It will avoid future unexpected problems.
I emphasize the word “Right” because usually, we tend to find what makes us feel comfortable. Studying abroad, by all means, is not a comfortable thing to do. The last thing you want is to find a group of people that speak the same language as you or do the same thing you would do back home.
Do something new. In college, there are a lot of activities out there waiting for you. You have the opportunity to try new things and experience them all. Go for it, I would suggest trying as many things as possible when you can. All of them will widen your perspective and makes you a more complete individual.
Check your syllabus. Yes, I said it. I made some mistakes by not paying too much attention to my syllabus or blackboard, that result in not-so-good grades. Pay attention to your academic side, as a student, your grade, and the school still ranks on the top of priority. Work hard and play hard.
You need to learn to spend wisely. Because if not, sooner or later you will pay for that. Watch how much you spend, set a limit and calculate the monthly/weekly mandatory expense. That pays off when you graduate and start getting a job.
There is something amazing about a team sport or activity. You learn and form a truly meaningful relationship and you live a happier life. Studies show that right below the activity “exercise” chorus singing is almost as good as exercise for a well-being. Because of it in sync with other human beings. Maybe you are not quite the singing type but do find an activity to do with a group. It will be worth it. Universities in the United States are a great example of athletic and campus activities. If you have the opportunity of studying at an American university, you will find the dedication and effort they put into student activities and athletic sports. It’s fantastic!
What you learn outside the classroom can sometimes be even more beneficial to you than what you learn inside. I personally used to talk a lot with a professor that I really liked and I learned a lot from him. If you find some professors that you truly admire, go and chat with him, you will be surprised of how much you will learn from him or her. This is probably the best way to find your first mentor.
My hands down number one tip for anyone that wants to improve his/her language skill on an astonishing level. Usually, your partner will also bring you into a more local environment and you get to experience more than the ones who don’t have a partner. This goes along with trying something new.
Sometimes, if you don’t register with time you will find that the class are full and won’t admit more students. The good thing about register in time for classes is that you will be able to have the class with the best professor and at the best hours.
Want to experience the ultimate college lifestyle? Wait no more, join one of the fraternity or sorority on campus. There are a lot of lessons to be learned and bond to be formed with your lifelong brothers and sisters. Moreover, there are a lot of great parties if that is something you like.
Going to a different country means to experience different cultural/festival celebrations. These are some of the most amazing experiences and you totally need to give them a shot.
Flight tickets are not cheap. Actually, for students, they cost a fortune. A good way to save money is to plan ahead and to buy the tickets as soon as you know the dates you are flying. Once you have confirmed your last day or holiday, you could buy the ticket 4-5 month before the actual date.
The reason is that it costs a lot of time and money to buy and relocate them. Buying more thing that you need happens quite often and trust me, usually, you will not carry any of them by the time you finish your study. So, think ahead and plan wisely. You will save money, time, and problems.
You are at the last stage of your study and you look at all your furniture lying around in the house. What should you do? One tip is to resell these to the upcoming freshman. That way, for them it is cheaper to buy, and for you, you can get some value back. Craiglist is another great way to find people who want to buy your things.
This might sound silly. But a lot of the students are sleeping on an air mattress to save money. This sounds fine until you start hurting your spine and not getting enough quality sleep. Get a real bed, please. Think of it as a long-term investment and “rest in peace”.
I highly recommend you to buy and cook your own food. This will help you to save a lot of money. Just to have an idea, a student who have lunch and dinner outside every day, will spend more than $1100 per month in food. On the other hand, a student who get the food from the grocery and cook, spend approximately $400 per month. It’s a big difference, isn’t it?
America is the land of fast food obesity, so be careful! Fast food contributes a huge role in the level of obesity in the United States. Most often, if you see a McDonalds, you will find his brother burger king across the road. If you eat out once a while, stay away from fast food. There are plenty of good restaurants out there.
Depends on where you study, some places require to buy a car while others don’t. When I was studying in the U.S, a car was needed, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get to campus. But if you study in NYC for example, usually it is much cheaper to use the subway or the bus.
If you end up in the middle of nowhere, and you need to buy a car, buy a second-hand car instead of a new one. A car is just an object that takes you from point A to B.
Check your car at least once per year. Think of it as a safety net. But also it is required if you want to sell your car to someone. In order to sell your car to someone, you need to show them the proof of maintenance and a state of good standing which indicates that your car is ok to be sold.
A valid Visa keeps you legal while you are living in a different counrty. Without it, you will run in a lot of problems. Always check your Visa expiration date and plan ahead to get renewed. If you plan to stay in the US for good, make sure you check your legal status regularly.
I have been in the States for about 8 years. One of my biggest regrets is not traveling enough. Each state is quite different than the other, and all of them are attractive in their own way. If you have time, organize a trip with your classmates and explore the country.
Hope you found this post interesting, and I wish you all the best in your adventure! If you are wondering how you can study abroad, there are a lot of opportunities in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. I highly recommend you to register in Mooxye and create a profile. You will find all the information needed to get an education abroad and the scholarships you can opt to.