Things to consider

Studying abroad is a big commitment, but the benefits are massive. Making the commitment to study abroad is often the hardest decision of all - understanding why you want to study abroad and what you want from the experience will help you at every stage of the process.

1. Why do you want to study abroad?sunshine

There are no right or wrong reasons. Is it a love of a country / culture, an opportunity to learn new things, a chance to travel?

Weigh up the positives and the negatives about living and studying in another country.

Knowing why it is that you want to study abroad will help in your decision making processes, as well as overcome any obstacles that you may face...

2. What is most important to you?

Are academic interests more important than the overall experience? Do you want to go to somewhere familiar or new? Is destination more important than the range of modules available? Understanding this will help you work out which of the available possibilities is right for you...

3. What are your specific academic interests?

Each university specialises in something different, and it is good to make sure that the universities you select on your application form offer topics you are interested in. Each partner website should provide you with information about the range of modules available.

4. What type of experience do you want?

Do you want live on campus or a have a big city experience? Do you prefer to be part of a large or more intimate student community? How important is halls accommodation? Do you want to live in a country where you speak the language, or are you comfortable living in a totally different culture? Knowing this will really help you decide where you want to go...

5. What can you afford?

Whilst there are funds available to help towards meeting the costs of studying abroad, it is still a financial investment. Some places are more expensive to live than others, and travels costs can vary. Wherever you go there will be loads of new and fun opportunities available to you (including travel). Therefore please plan non-academic activities into your budget, as well as standard day-to-day living...

6. How flexible are you willing to be?

You may have set your heart on a particular destination but we recommend being open-minded as to what is available. Many students end up studying somewhere different to where they first wanted, as after researching destinations and thinking about what they really wanted / could afford they realised that somewhere else was right for them. The world is a big place - there are excellent opportunities available to you everywhere...

7. What do your parents / guardians / loved-ones think?

Don't exclude those closest to you from the decision making process. Parents / guardians will be able to offer you advice and often they really want to help you - emotionally as well as financially!

More than likely they want to feel part of the process as you going abroad will affect them also. In most cases you have little to lose and load to gain by talking it through with them...

 

 

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"... It was fantastic; I watched a blue whale, saw the vivid maple tree autumn colours, visited the country's Parliament, learned some French (and Canadian English), cycled on the right hand side of the road, and met generous and interesting people.I have developed in unexpected ways..."

Helen Saunderson, BA Fine Art

 

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