Studying abroad is becoming more popular, as world travel becomes more accessible and more is done to connect students to education overseas. Whether you’re taking a semester abroad as part of a student exchange programme, studying for an online degree whilst travelling as much as you can, or moving away to another country to take your entire degree, studying abroad can help you to learn and grow in numerous ways. We’ve listed some top tips for travelling students.
Tip #1. Invest in a Personal Internet Connection:
Whether you’re tethering the data from your smartphone, using a USB dongle or a mobile Wi-Fi device, you never know when you’re going to need to get connected as a student. If you’re living and studying in a popular city, chances are that you’ll find plenty of public Wi-Fi hotspots to use, for example in coffee shops. But if you’re an online student who’s backpacking, getting a reliable internet connection may be more difficult.
Tip #2. Get Gadget Insurance:
Whether you’re moving abroad for study or taking online degree away with you as you travel, chances are you’ll be taking all your gadgets with you, for example your laptop, smartphone and your camera. Something happening to any of your prized gadgets whilst you travel could be disastrous. Be sure to get a good policy that insures your gadgets against damage, theft and loss as you travel.
Tip #3. Hit Student Cities:
When studying online, you can quickly begin to feel isolated, as you’ll be studying from home rather than as part of a class. So, students who are considering travelling abroad could benefit from choosing from some of the most popular student cities in the world. Melbourne, Berlin, Tokyo, London, Paris, Montreal, and Boston are in some of the top cities for students to visit. Valencia is another popular choice and there’s some beautiful student apartments available in this area if you want to live in style whilst studying. If you want to have a look into what’s available, you should start with Collegiate whose available property in the area can be explored on their website. Collegiate provide luxury student accommodation with added amenities such as swimming pools, cinemas and private study rooms, so even if you don’t have time to explore, you have plenty of activities at your fingertips.
Tip #4. Build a Good Support Network:
Travelling can be stressful when on your own, and when you have the added pressure of university work to complete, things can begin to get on top of you quickly. So, be sure to build a good network of friends and family members who can offer you support and a listening ear when needed. If you are studying at an overseas university as part of a student exchange programme, you may be eligible for their counselling service if you feel it is needed to help you better deal with stress and pressure.
Tip #5. Don’t Forget to Have Fun:
As a student, it can be easy to become engrossed in your work, even when you’re in an exciting new country. But, whilst this might secure a good grade, you’ll be missing out on some awesome life experiences. Put together a timetable that allows you to take some breaks and explore your destination – this can help you to focus better when you return to your desk.
Do you study abroad? Share your top tips in the comments below.