Studying abroad does not only mean going home with high honors and a well-deserved diploma; it also means experiencing the best out of a foreign country, including its people, places and culture.
If you plan to study abroad, take note of the following pointers to make the most out of your academic journey.
Set Specific Goals
Your four-year business course isn’t all books and study. It’s also an opportunity to learn something new, may it be mastering a traditional recipe or joining a nonprofit community. Whatever it is, set that goal for yourself and make sure to bring the experience back home. What you’ve learned from abroad can change you for the better.
Make Friends with Locals
Whether you study in UAE or a quite accustomed country like Italy, it is important to befriend a local, preferably someone whose culture you’re unfamiliar with. Apart from being able to share views and opinions, befriending a local will also make you feel more at home. Don’t be afraid to say hi and share a coffee or two.
Don’t forget that you’re staying abroad because you need to study and look after yourself – you’re not a tourist who’s going back home in a week or two. Spend wisely. Keep your allowance for the essentials and your savings for a well-deserved break. Don’t blow your money on shopping, expensive restaurants, or tourist traps. The last thing you would want to happen is to go broke in a foreign land.
Consider Getting a Job or Internship
Studying abroad prepares you for the real world. Take advantage of the opportunity and look for a part-time job or internship for international students. Other than the extra cash, you also get to meet new people and experience diverse cultures. It can look good on your resume, too.
Not everyone has the opportunity to study abroad. When given the chance, make the most out of it by bringing home a diploma, and an experience that will mold not only your career but also your personality.