[h2]Facts to consider before studying abroad[/h2]
Study at a foreign university is a decision that involves the weighing of many factors. To remind you of some of these factors, we have listed them below.
How will you pay for the experience? Is the university you have chosen the same price as your current university? Does tuition include room and board? You will also want to consider all the scholarships, grants, and loans that you can. Funding is not hard to come by as long as you have a stellar academic record and a frugal temperament. When you come across articles titled, “study abroad” What you need to know before applying is related to you seeing how important funding is to the foreign study adventure. In fact, it may be the most important factor to consider.
2. Academic credit
Studying abroad should improve your academic career, but not lengthen it. One of your top priorities before settling on a school is to determine whether or not your classes there will count as valid academic credits when you return to your native school. If the credits do not transfer, as many do not, you will be a semester behind when you return. If you study abroad for an entire year, you will be much farther behind. In some cases, only some of your credits do not transfer. You can check with your university’s Office of International Programmes to determine a particular school or class’s transfer status.
3. Social life
While you are abroad, your secondary priority will likely be to develop your social skills. As you engage with new people and places, you will learn new cultures and develop a greater insight into your own. While it sounds like a line from a brochure, that is because you can only fully understand the literal meaning of it once you have experienced foreign life for yourself. Be sure to choose a school that can all but guarantee you of a schedule with foreigner meetings, clubs, and activities. Such events allow you to enter the social arena and make your first personal connections with those around you.