Study Abroad Tips for College Juniors and Sophomores

Have you decided the time is right to set off on a study abroad adventure to truly immerse yourself in another culture? Have you identified a program that meets the requirements for transferring coursework and credits to your home university? A study abroad experience is a life changing event for most college students and no doubt will be filled with memories to last a lifetime. Follow these recommendations from professional directors of study abroad programs and students who have successfully completed study abroad programs.

Once you have selected your desired country and program, carefully study the entrance requirements as well as the course selection. This is best done in conjunction with either your study abroad advisor or academic advisor. If possible, arrange to meet with other students at your university that have experienced the study abroad program you are considering. You’ll be able to garner valuable first-hand experience and tips from someone who has completed to program.

Prior to departure, be sure to register for classes at your home university for the semester following your return. Should any questions arise, you’ll be able to meet directly with your academic advisor to address them. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by eFollett coupons and order all textbooks for these courses as specified in the respective syllabi.

The next step is to explore your housing options available in the area surrounding the university you’ll be attending. Some students opt for dormitory housing offered by the university, others stay with host families and yet others seek out roommates and let apartments for the duration of their stay. Take into consideration the varying costs of each of these options.  You’ll want to avoid shipping items to furnish an apartment. Generally, it’s best to find housing arrangements that are fully furnished. This will limit the amount of luggage you’ll need to take.

Check with your cell phone carrier to understand the options that are available for international calling and data plans available in the country of your choice. WiFi is not nearly as prolific in many European cities as that found in the US. One option is to purchase prepaid data cards.

Finally, ensure your passport has at least ninety days remaining after to your schedule departure from Europe. Begin the packing process and book your flight. Keep an open mind, try new cuisines and immerse yourself in the culture. Bon Voyage!