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What You Should Know Before You Study Abroad
These days, a record numbers of students are studying abroad all over the world. But are they prepared before they go?
While the travel bug leads students to top destinations like the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and France, many students find themselves hopping from one city or country to the next between educational requirements.
In most cases, these educational opportunities are students’ first taste of foreign cultures and offer an abundance of experiences. The life skills one gains from navigating long-haul travel logistics, language barriers, and more are undeniably invaluable. However, being a world traveler comes with risks, and it’s important for students to be informed, prepared, and protected before studying abroad.
Plan, research, and plan some more.
Studying abroad can be overwhelming when you think of the endless possibilities for quick getaways and cultural experiences. Do your due diligence by researching not only your temporary home but also your intended destinations for add-on travel.
But also …
Whether you want to stay a little longer or switch up your destination one weekend on the fly, keeping your schedule and plans flexible adds more adventure to your time abroad. This same tip also applies to flexibility of the mind. Things will be different than you’re used to, and not everyone experiences life the same way you do. Cultures and people are ever-evolving, so embrace this new way of life.
Save early for extra adventures.
When you’re living abroad for weeks or months at a time, there’s much to see and do. The world is your oyster, with new cities, countries, and experiences at your fingertips. Saving early will allow you to say “yes” to more excursions.
Select an international phone plan.
Before departing, sign up for an international phone plan so you always have a means of communication while out and about.
Document your travels.
Whether it is putting pen to paper, snapping hundreds of photos, starting a blog, or writing letters to your friends and family back home, recording your experiences is a must. It’s a great way to keep memories alive!
Choose secure storage accessories.
Pickpocketing is a threat to tourists, so ditch the fanny packs and backpacks and instead seek out a durable and securable bag to keep your valuables safely with you.
Invest in travel insurance.
Many schools, visa programs, and countries require you to have student travel insurance upon arrival. Additionally, your traditional health insurance at home may not cover you when you’re abroad, which could leave you with a hefty bill if you get sick or hurt. For a small daily fee, Seven Corners’ newly updated Liaison® Student Plans
offer reliable protection complete with comprehensive medical coverage, an extensive network of providers, and 24-hour travel assistance as well as optional hazardous activity coverage. Whatever policy you choose, you are in good hands no matter the location or issue at hand. You won’t regret this added layer of peace of mind.
Before you dive into your study abroad adventure, take into consideration what is best for you and your wellbeing, so you can enjoy every experience. Happy traveling!