Posts Tagged ‘studying abroad’

6 Ways to Preserve Your Summer Abroad Experience

Categories: College Life

Your summer abroad will be one of the most memorable times of your life! You’ll meet friends you’ll stay in touch with for years! You’ll see sights others only dream of seeing! You’ll have a whole new perspective on not only your field of study, but the world in general. While students return from their travels wiser, more well-rounded, and glad to be home, many who study abroad find themselves often missing the life they had that summer overseas. Check out these tips on how to preserve the best memories from your time abroad!

Scrapbook

When you’re out with your new friends at a new, scenic restaurant, ask someone to take a picture of everyone. As you enter the dark theater in which you’ll view your first foreign film, place your ticket stub somewhere safe. When you and some classmates hike to the top of a mountain overlooking foggy forests, pick up a fallen leaf from the trail and place it in your pocket. These little tokens can create a scrapbook full of your best memories.

Journal

Keep a personal journal on your trip to reflect on the world around you and how you fit into that world. Before the plane ride there, write about your expectations. What do you plan to get out of this trip? What are you most looking forward to? What is your biggest fear while studying abroad? All throughout your experience, continue writing about your adventures, the things you learn, and the people you meet. Don’t forget to read it from cover to cover when you get back, and over and over again after.

Blog

With a blog, you can write about your experiences for yourself as well as others to read. Upload pictures and videos to your blog. Include quotes. Describe the places you visit in detail. Your family and friends can’t be there with you, so do your best to illustrate to them what your life is like abroad. They’ll also appreciate getting all this information as it happens as opposed to when you get home. And if you set your blog for public viewing, you could be helping other students who are thinking about studying abroad!

Instagram

If writing about your experiences isn’t your thing, a picture is worth a thousand words. Take lots of pictures on your trip and upload them to Instagram, or another photo-sharing site for your friends to see.

Twitter

Your friends can stay updated on your travels on their way to class, during lunch, and on the weekends by reading your frequently composed Twitter updates on your experiences. Use Twitter to post your thoughts on a class, what you’ll be doing that evening, and on the new, authentic foods you’re trying! Twitter’s “in-the-moment” speed can seem more personal than a blog you post every night, or the pictures you share when you get home.

Video

Even a 30-second video recorded with your phone can be one of the most powerful tools of all when it comes to remembering an experience. Storing memories on your phone can let you remember your summer abroad practically anywhere!

 

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6 Study Abroad Safety Tips

Categories: College Life

As you enthusiastically zip tight your newly purchased suitcase this summer for a six week trip to Germany, or as you daydream beside the pool of the Fall semester spent in Africa, it’s crucial that in addition to thinking about how awesome your time abroad will be, you consider personal safety.

Most college students have an unforgettable time studying in other countries, whether it be with a group for a few weeks, or on an individual basis for a whole semester. You want your trip to be unforgettable for the right reasons. To ensure that you have the best experience abroad possible, check out these tips on how to protect yourself and your belongings.

Knowledge is Power

Before you leave for another nation, find out as much as you can about the country, the culture, the currency, and the area in which you’ll be staying. What’s going on in that country right now? What are the social norms? How safe is your neighborhood? What sort of precautions must you take? The learning doesn’t end once you’re abroad: What expressions are used? What areas should you avoid? If you wish to travel to an additional country while there, what do you need to cross the borders? Having a good grasp on your surroundings will make you appear less like a tourist and keep you out of trouble.

Know the Law

In addition to familiarizing yourself with this new country’s culture and social norms, it may also be a good idea to be aware of the law. What’s allowed in the USA may not be allowed in other places, and visa-versa. Getting arrested in another country can be a sticky and complicated situation. And by sticky and complicated we mean awful. Do not get arrested.

Have an Emergency Contact

While you likely have tons of paperwork to fill out for your trip abroad, take extra time on the emergency contact paperwork. Be sure that the information you’re putting down is not only accurate, but the best it can be. Don’t put down your dad’s cell phone as an emergency contact number if you know he leaves it in the car half of the time, and tends not to check voicemails.

Copy your Documentation

Before leaving abroad, make photocopies of your passport and driver’s license, and place them in a pocket of your suitcase. If your wallet or purse gets stolen, you want to have backup paperwork. It is more common than you’d think when student travelers’ wind up passport-less in a foreign country following a pickpocket.

Separate Your Money

As pick-pocketing is the most common crime experienced by those studying abroad, you’ll want to take extra precautions with where you keep your money as well as how much you carry. Don’t carry a lot, and keep what you have in separate places. You’ll want to ensure that if someone pulls a wad of cash out of one pocket, that you still have another wad in your shoe, and a credit card back in your room.

Be Aware of Your Appearance

Depending on where you’re headed this summer or Fall semester, you may want to consider the way you dress and the jewelry you wear. You don’t want to attract attention to yourself, offend people, or have the necklace you received at your high school graduation generate interest.

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Friday College Town Hall

Categories: Admissions Advice

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

An increasing number of U.S. students are taking a semester to study abroad.

How important, or unimportant, is leaving campus to live among a different culture for a student’s education?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below).