Am I the only one who feels absolutely crazy because it’s almost August?! I seriously envy you if you don’t feel like this summer flllllleeeeeew by. In just a few short weeks I’ll be back up at Oneonta (I go to college there, get with the program) doing homework and studying for tests #adulting.
Although I would love to pass the rest of my summer days by throwing away my worries and lounging around the pool, I do have to start thinking about school and preparing myself for the upcoming semester. This upcoming semester is especially exciting because I will be getting ready to study abroad! Yup that’s right I said it, I’ll be in Europe between the months of late January to late May next year! It’s so exciting I could cry.
As you probably know, being in a different country for four months is kind of a big deal. That’s why there is a lot of thought/planning that comes along with it. There are a lot of things that come into play when you decide that you would like to study abroad. I have only gotten through less than half of them, but at least that’s something.
Here are just a few of the many things that I have started to do this summer to get ready for my study abroad adventure next year:
I would say that the most important thing about the whole study abroad process is deciding where you actually want to study. Most colleges offer a TON of different places to study abroad. You (obviously) want to choose a place that you’ll be comfortable in for four or so months. I have been told by a few different people that the best way to select exactly where you want to go, is to narrow it down to at least two places. This way, if something goes wrong with choice #1 you can always fall back on good ol’ choice #2. Figuring out where you want to go is fun! Do some research and find out what program is best for you.
Studying abroad isn’t free- some programs can actually be insanely expensive. This is what scholarships are for! Take some time to budget out your trip and research as much about scholarships as you possibly can. Talk to your advisors and see if they know about any scholarships, also be sure to see if the actual program you are applying for has any scholarship opportunities. Make sure to plan ahead so that you will be abe to meet the scholarship deadlines, this will increase your chances of actually receiving the scholarship.
3. Take A Look At Your Classes
One of the major parts of studying abroad is the actual studying part (ha). Make sure that the classes abroad coincide with the classes that you must complete at your regular college (I don’t really know what else to call this). I know I had a ton of trouble figuring out if I would be able to actually study abroad because of my classes, and it took a lot of planning and researching to find out to rework my classes so that I could go. You want to make sure that going abroad won’t halt your graduation time or effect your degree in the long run.
4. Have Some Fun
Researching all about where you want to study abroad and where you want to travel is so much fun, it’s so exciting to learn all about new places and to figure out what you want to see when you are actually abroad. Pinterest is an awesome site for this, there are millions of posts about basically anywhere and everywhere- check it out!
Yes, scholarships do exist, but you can’t exactly count on them. Be sure to figure out how much your program costs and figure out how you’ll be able to afford it. Figure out how much money you actually will need when you are abroad and set goals of how much money you need to save and go from there.
Are you studying abroad- have you started to plan yet?! I hope you all have an amazing Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week as well! I’ll be scooping ice cream all night 🙂