How To Start Out With Studying Abroad?
Studying abroad is completely about you. You are going to have a bunch of new and interesting experiences. After all, you will get an intimate view of your host country most tourists will never see and meet most people that other tourists would never have an opportunity to see.
Basically, your experience will be totally different and much more intimate than someone who is just there for a few days.
That isn't the only benefit to studying abroad. Some more benefits include:
- Understanding and learning to appreciate other cultures.
- Gain a sense of independence that you can't achieve while living at home.
- Make lifelong friends from everywhere around the world.
- Learn a new language, which may make it easier for you to get a job.
- Build a professional network of contacts. This may allow you to go on to graduate study or even make getting a job easier for you.
Gain valuable work experience or do an internship in your preferred area of study.
- Earn credit towards your degree.
As you can see, there are many different benefits for you. You can get something out of it both professionally and personally. If you are not sure how it would benefit you in particular, you may want to make your own personalized list. This personalized benefit list will give you an idea of where to start!
So, how and when do I actually start?
This is an easy question to answer, and you may be surprised why. Just start as soon as you can!
A good idea is to start planning up to 18 months beforehand. If you want to cut it close, you can take a year. Cutting it close could mean issues and delays.
Why plan so early?
Planning early means that you get to choose the best program for yourself. You'll have plenty of time to get your finances ready.
You will need to ask yourself a bunch of questions. Remember, you will make a lot of decisions. It may seem a little intimidating, but take the following things into consideration:
- What are you going to study?
- Where are you going to study?
- Are you going to go through an organization like International Education Advisor or go straight to your institution?
- How are you going to pay?