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Studying Abroad? Here’s What You Must Do Before You Go.

July 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Education, Travel/Leisure, Weekly Columns

( Education is all about broadening your horizons, and there is no better way to do that than to study abroad. It is good to learn about a topic or subject from a classroom. But, it is much better to get out there and experience the world. Plus, not only will you learn a great deal, but you will also have an unbelievable time. However, before you go, you have to consider a few things first. The list below should help you out if you don’t know where to start.

Find Out If Your Credits Will Transfer

If you are a postgraduate student or aren’t at university yet, you don’t have to worry. Anyone that is at university and is plaBlackExchangeStudent-2016nning to take a year out, it is crucial that your credits transfer. Otherwise, it is a bit of a waste. Sure, you will still have an amazing time and learn a great deal, but you will have to redo the year at home. And, you might even lose your place in college because you didn’t check the rules and regulations. The happy medium is a course that lets you study abroad while building up the necessary credits. To find out more, go to the study abroad office.

Talk To Study Abroad Alumni

Talking to people that have studied abroad is the best way to get a feel for the magnitude of the decision. Anyone that isn’t sure what they want to do needs to talk to them to learn about the experience. Obviously, they aren’t totally unbiased because their experience corrupts their opinions. Still, they are the only people that you know to study abroad, and their opinion is valid. Also, it is a good idea to talk to them if you are going. They will give you an insight into what you need to do to make a successful transition.

Get Your Travel Documents In Order

Unless you are from the EU, you can’t turn up unannounced and decide that you want to study for the year. Even students from the EU need student visas UK that allows them to study and live in the country. The reason is that most countries have a time limit on the length of your stay. So, you might not have to apply for a holiday visa, yet that visa will only last ninety days. Plus, the government wants to make sure you add something to the country. Apply for one well in advance and make sure that it covers your entire stay. It goes without saying, but you need a valid passport that covers the length of your travel.

Open Your Mind

Sorry if this sounds corny, but it is true. There is no point in studying abroad if you aren’t going to enjoy the experience. Okay, that might be out of your hands in some cases. But, for the most part, it depends on your ability to get stuck into the culture. So, go out and meet new people, try new things, and just do something different. You will find that your personal life affects your student life. As such, the happier you are outside the classroom, the more effective you will be inside.

Staff Writer; Phil Goode

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