Study-abroad is an option most colleges world-wide provide for their local students. It is chance to see another world, experience different cultures and languages, eat and drink through food you never imagined and enjoy studying. It is also a great opportunity to expand your horizons and learn things about a different region of the world altogether. Usually study abroad universities have their own ‘integrate to local culture’ programs and events that international students and transfer students and study abroad students can participate in to learn about the locality. So for those who are interested in pursuing a semester in Peru or in Japan, here are some tips to consider.
#1 Which program
If you are already an undergraduate, chances are there are several programs for study abroad already offered through your college. Usually going through your own college guarantees that the credits will be transferred back safely and will not go invalid a few years down the road. If you are planning on going independent then it is imperative you talk with your advisor and study abroad counselor.
#2 Which country
Although you would probably like to go to an exotic country somewhere, it is best that you choose wisely if it is your first study abroad program or better yet, if it your first time going abroad at all. Even though most countries offer extreme protection and services for international students, it is better if you keep your personal safety a priority. Make sure to talk to people who have done the program before and research well into what countries are in the potential basket according to your budget.
#3 Health and safety
There will be a list of vaccinations that you will need to take before you leave so make sure to get those done after your documents are ready. If you are taking prescribed medications then talk to your doctor and get prescriptions and extra medication to last for the first two months at least.
#4 Packing and long term storage
If you are living far from your home and was staying at the dormitories then it is better for you to go for a long term storage option to keep your things rather than shifting everything back and forth and then doing it again once you get back. Or ask a friend or a relative living nearby to stash your things until you get back.
Make sure to talk to several people and get their opinions before deciding on a program and create a checklist of things you have to confirm and be informed about before you leave.