When you’re preparing for a semester abroad, it’s easy to get stressed out or carried away over your shopping list. Everywhere I looked online was recommending that I buy lots of expensive travel supplies, and my budget just wouldn’t support it. Here’s my breakdown of the things I ended up buying (or not) for my study abroad program, and whether I think the purchase would be worthwhile for you.
Because someone wanted me to write about “alleys.”
One year on, I’m reflecting on the areas where study abroad had the biggest impact on my life.
Home was constantly on my mind when I was abroad. As much as I was enjoying my studies and travels in England, I missed my family and friends. I missed Minnesota. I couldn’t wait to see them again.
Sometimes, especially during the gray winter months, I missed them so much that I wanted more than anything to just be at home again. But I already had a flight home booked for the end of May; I had to stick it out until then.
Having survived the homesickness, here’s my advice if you’re dealing with the same thing. Hopefully it will help improve your time abroad so you have the best program possible.
When I was studying abroad, I remember hearing from someone who wasn’t American that their impression was that half of Americans eat greasy, unhealthy food all the time and the other half is obsessed with fitness and dieting. I mean…not completely inaccurate?
Sometimes your class schedule and graduation date play an important role in deciding which semester you are able to study abroad, but if your plans are more flexible, here are a few things to consider when choosing the time of year for your program.
I lived and went to school in Norwich, England for five months last year, and I miss it a ton! Here are a few things I would take back home with me to Minnesota if I could. (Warning: this is not a deep post at all.)
1) Take unique classes
Why do people study abroad? A big part of it is to have the experience of living somewhere new, but it’s also to go to a different school for a semester! Take advantage of being at a new school and try to take classes you wouldn’t be able to at home.
When I was thinking about studying abroad, cost was a major consideration. I quickly ruled out programs that cost far beyond my tuition at home as I would be paying for my program myself.
What are the major expenses when it comes to study abroad? How much money do you need to make it through a semester? What does it cost to travel? And how can you save money while overseas?
Here are the most important things I learned about spending and saving while studying abroad.
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.