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What to Consider Before Studying Abroad

  • Travel Team
Apr 03, 2012

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In college, many students consider studying abroad. While deciding on the destination and program are important, it’s also necessary to take a few other matters into account.

Before committing to a travel abroad program students should invest in student health insurance. Spending months in an unfamiliar country with new cuisine, people and traditions, can take a toll on your immune system. With student health insurance, you can ensure that you get the proper care while you spend time in another country.

The financial commitment is another important aspect to consider before making the decision to study abroad. Students should make a comprehensive budget before they decide to partake in a semester abroad. The budget should include travel costs, program expenses and practical costs for food or other essentials.

Deciding which country and city to spend your semester in can be a difficult choice. It’s important to do an ample amount of research before settling on a location. Familiarity with the language and local culture and the drive to learn more about the area are all important parts of the decision.

Some study abroad programs provide excursions and activities as part of the costs and fees. Before settling on a program, it’s important to study every part of the details to see if it’s a good match for you.

Before studying abroad, students will also be faced with the decision to live in a homestay or a dormitory. Both choices have advantages and setbacks. For example, living in a homestay gives students the opportunity to get a first-hand look at domestic life the area. However, living in a homestay can be more difficult and limiting because students have to adjust to life with a new family. Dormitory life provides a certain degree of independence that isn’t always available with a homestay.

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life, but it’s important to keep priorities in mind before settling on a decision. Failing to include all of the factors in a final decision could change the study abroad experience. No matter where a student decides to study, the best travel insurance is an essential part of the semester. With travel insurance, students can be protected in case of an emergency.

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