Four Tips to Get Started to Studying Abroad

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If you read my previous post, you will know that I started my travel journey in Hong Kong when I was still in high school. I made it my mission to study abroad at least once during college.  Luckily, I was able to do so twice – one for a month in Japan and one for a semester (4 months) in Hong Kong. Both experiences were really memorable and I had the best time of my life.

Going through the process can be a bit daunting, but I promise you that it’s a one time thing and you will forget about it when you are in a different country. Here are tips for you to get started!

  1. Do some research on your own college website and see if there are any study abroad programs. When I was in school (this makes me sound really old by the way) I was able to find the study abroad programs just by going through the website. I found out where the office was located and managed to find the forms needed to apply for the program.

  2. Understand the criteria needed to apply for the program. Many programs needed at least a 3.0 GPA. There are also things like staying with a local family or staying in a dorm room. When I applied to study abroad for Japan, it was understood that it’s a homestay program, meaning that I will be living with locals. I wanted a new experience and this seems like the perfect plan for me. If this isn’t what you wanted, be sure to read and understand what is expected from you.

  3. Understand the costs. Whether you are planning on staying for a month or for a semester, find out the total cost. There are programs that lets you pay your own college tuition, but room and board are separate. This was definitely the case for me when I was choosing which country to go to. I was interested in Australia and Japan for the summer month. Ultimately, I chose Japan because Australia costs 3x more than Japan and there was no way I could have paid for it.

  4. Be aware of the potential language barrier. Definitely make sure to see if the country that you are potentially going to have a language barrier. While it is true that most countries teach English as a second language, the locals there might not be comfortable speaking English to you. If you are not comfortable learning a new language or don’t want to surround yourself in a language that you don’t understand, you should take the time to understand where you are planning on going. When I applied to study abroad in Hong Kong, I knew that the language barrier shouldn’t be too difficult as I already knew Cantonese, Chinese growing up and it is an English speaking city for the most part.

Hope that these tips help you decide to go for a study abroad program. Let me know if I am missing anything or if you have tips on your own.

Stay adventurous!  

Mina

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2 thoughts on “Four Tips to Get Started to Studying Abroad

  1. I studied abroad one summer in college and definitely agree with these tips! I recommend that everyone should try to study abroad at least once in college, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life 🙂

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