Save money during a semester abroad.

How to Save During a Semester Abroad

  • Travel Team
Jan 13, 2012

College gets more expensive year after year, and costs can quickly become overwhelming. For students who dream of studying abroad, payments and fees can become too much and prevent the experience from becoming a reality. The cost can vary depending on what study abroad program you choose. The type of program, duration of the stay and location are all important factors to consider before departure.

Choosing a country beyond Europe can be beneficial. Emerging countries tend to have much less expensive costs. A lot can be learned from venturing off the beaten path. Asia, Africa and South America could provide students with a great experience without costing more than they can afford.

People can benefit from learning to haggle. Many cultures expect people to ask for lower prices. Before departing to your country of choice, research if this is common behavior and practice your negotiation skills.

For true adventurers, it may be a good idea to avoid the pre-planned study abroad choices. A lot of packaged program deals offered by colleges or education abroad companies arrange every aspect of the experience from excursions to housing. While these programs can offer comfort and guidance to students, the fees and tuition can be expensive.

Many colleges give students the opportunity to take a leave of absence for a semester and enroll in a university abroad. The credits earned during a semester away can sometimes be transferred and applied to your degree. It is important to remember that choosing to travel abroad without the help of a program can take away from the support system on which students rely. Independent people may benefit from this option, but it's vital to decide if forgoing a guided program is the right choice for you.

In the United States, cellphones can seem like another one of your vital extremities, and people are constantly staying connected. Oftentimes, in foreign countries, this is not the case, as fees can be more expensive. Students can save by avoiding expensive cellphone bills. Calls home can quickly result in astronomical and unexpected fees, and free Internet services make staying in touch with family from home easier and cheaper than ever before. International phones are available for students, but they can have hidden fees, so it's important to read the fine print.

The best travel insurance is an investment worth making before embarking on the journey.


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