Moving away from home for university is one of the best decisions that I made, and even though I didn’t move abroad I can still relate to these tips for studying abroad. So if you are thinking about studying overseas, there is a lot that needs to be considered. Read on for some tips:
Whilst you may be going to university to further your education, it is vital that you settle in and enjoy a good social life. After all, you are going to spending around three years in your new country, and so enjoyment is imperative. Research life in the country as a whole. Can you envision yourself living there? Do many people from your home country relocate to the destination you are considering? You need to look at student life as well as expat life. Read reviews that have been left by previous university-goers. What have they had to say about their experience? Did they find it easy to settle in? Find out if there are any clubs to join and other ways you can make the experience easier. Is there a way for you to meet other people that come from your home country?
Aside from the points that have already been mentioned, it is a good idea to take a look at flight prices and how easy it will be for you to get home. Most universities offer students many holidays – not only is there reading week, but there can be extended breaks during Christmas, Easter, and summer. You may wish to visit your family and friends at this time. Of course, you may fall in love with your new location so much that you don’t want to leave and if you can avoid going home in the beginning this is certainly advisable. However, it is nice to have the option, just in case you do fancy a trip back home.
There are many different studies and surveys that have been conducted to discover the best places to study abroad. Take a look at these. You will get a well-rounded picture regarding the various countries you are considering and how they shape up. You may be enlightened to a better option instead. From Italy to Australia, you will notice there are several countries that continuously feature high up on such results and lists.
How easy is it to find accommodation? Will you be able to stay in university campus accommodation whilst studying there or at least for the first year of your time there? How much will this cost? These are all questions you need to ask yourself. The last thing you want to do is move to a new country and have nowhere to live.
Last but not least, it is a good idea to make a list of all the things that are important to you. How would you describe the term ‘comfortable living’? What does this mean to you? Can you easily find a local or online GP for your health concerns? It can be anything from easy transport, to sports clubs, to city life. There is no right or wrong answer. It is all about what works for you. By making a list of necessities you give yourself the best chance of a smooth and successful move.
All in all, there is certainly a lot to consider when deciding on the best place to study abroad. If you carefully take into account everything that has been mentioned in this post, you should find it much easier to pick the perfect destination for your years of studying.