One of the biggest challenges of selecting a study abroad program from a range of choices is that, unlike when you are choosing a university as a high schooler, you can’t visit the different options and get a feel for which one you like best.
You don’t have to go into one of those cool red boxes to make a call.
Whether you’re headed across the pond long term or for a short trip, here is some advice you must know before you go!
That’s Nor-ich, not Nor-wich.
You arrive at Heathrow airport, fresh off a ten-hour plane ride and excited to begin exploring your new surroundings. But first things first: how are you even going to get off the airport grounds? And how will you get around after that? That’s where a few transportation tips I learned from other students who had studied abroad in England before I did came in handy—and I hope they can be helpful to you, too.
Will I be lonely during study abroad?
The short answer: If you don’t want to be, no!
One of the first questions people asked me when I told them I was studying abroad was, “Are you going with other people from your school?”
Is it worth it to study abroad? Is it right for me? Is it a good idea?
Two years ago, I was asking myself these questions. I had never been away from home for longer than a few days, and studying abroad was a massive investment of both time and money. I was approaching my senior year; if I chose not to study abroad, I could graduate early and get a head start on a career. On top of that, I wasn’t sure I was prepared to spend an entire semester four thousand miles away from my family and friends. There were a lot of costs and benefits to weigh—which I did, since I tend to overthink everything!