Some students opt to study abroad for a richer educational experience. There are many different advantages offered by studying overseas, so if you have the opportunity to, go ahead and do it.
Study Abroad Options
The first thing to do is decide what kind of program you want to enlist in. Do a bit of research on various study abroad programs, courses and schools. Assess your options and then choose one that is in line with your academic and personal goals.
- A short course or an exchange program can last for a few weeks to a whole semester.
- A summer course can go for two to six weeks during summer break. This can be a good option for high school students.
- Completing an entire degree can be a possibility. If you don't mind being away from home for a long time, you might opt to earn your degree overseas.
- An international internship provides work and hands-on training related to your educational concentration. It can last for a few weeks to a few months.
Researching Study Abroad
1. Get information on the program you're interested in. Know the classes offered, course duration, the requirements and how to apply.
2. Submit your application as soon as you are able.
3. Consult your advisor or study abroad office about procedures and regulations. Get the necessary approval for your classes and make arrangements for them to be credited.
4. As soon as you are admitted, confirm your interest and reserve a slot if necessary. Take care of other necessary requirements and prepare for your trip.
5. Make sure you will have a place to stay when you get there. You can arrange to live in a dorm or with a host family.
6. Schedule your arrival at least a week before classes start. This will to allow you time to adjust and attend to enlistment procedures.
Study Abroad Tips: Preparing for Your Trip
1. Make sure you have an updated, valid passport. If needed, acquire a student visa.
2. Do some research on the country you are travelling to. Get to know about the climate, local manners and customs, and security issues.
3. Buy your ticket in advance.
4. Pack your things, making sure to follow the baggage guidelines. Bring only the things you need, and pack light.
Tips for Going Through Airports
1. There is a possibility that queues will be long, so make sure to arrive well ahead of time.
2. Always have your passport and boarding pass ready.
3. Everyone is required to go through a security inspection. You'll need to place your carry-on items onto a conveyor belt for scanning; this includes your laptop, purse, camera and/or jacket. Shoes need to go on too, so wear shoes that are easy to take off and put on. Some airports will require you to remove your belt and jewelry for inspection as well, so avoid wearing too much accessories.
4. At your destination, you will be asked by customs about your purpose for travel and the duration of your stay. Just be truthful; you won't be hassled if it's clear you're there to be a student.
5. When encountering airport security or custom officers, stay calm and always be polite. Above all, be cooperative. If you've done nothing wrong, there's nothing to worry about.
6. A few days before departure, you might want to arrange for airport pick-up for when you arrive. You may also opt to take the bus service.
Lastly, enjoy your trip!