How to make the most of studying abroad

How to make the most of studying abroad

There are the worries that everyone has about studying abroad. For example:  Will I make friends? Will I fit in? How much will I miss home? But perhaps the biggest question of all is ‘will I make the most of the experience?’ While everyone will have a different study abroad adventure, there are a few tips that can help you. They will ensure you have no doubts that you took the opportunity of a lifetime and made it one of the best times of your life. Therefore, here is how Hellouni suggests you to make the most of studying abroad.

 

Document It

There is something to be said for living in the moment, and you should as much as possible. However, when you look back in a few years, you will want something to remember your experience. Think of when you go on holiday. You remember the overall trip but you probably forget a lot of exactly what you did each day. For this reason, you may want to keep a journal while you are abroad, or start a blog. There are study abroad blogs that you may be able to write for. Nevertheless, you could even make a bit of money in the process. If you like making videos, then you could even create vlogs. Pictures are important too! Therefore, why not invest in a Polaroid camera and take photos of the cities you have been to and hang them on your wall? Whatever you choose, make sure you have some record of your adventures. We know that your future self will thank you.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Don’t be Afraid to go Places Alone

You likely do not know anyone when you first arrive at your university. However, most people will be in the same situation. Therefore, do not be put off going to events because you will be going alone. Just go for it, be friendly and open to chat. That is how you will make friends in no time. If you want to travel to a city in the country you have moved to or nearby but do not have anyone to go with, go alone. There is no point waiting for others if you really want to go. Besides, traveling alone can be the best way to fully experience and take in a new place.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Make a Bucket List

You probably have some goals in mind for your time abroad: places you want to visit, and things you want to do. Rather than getting caught up in university life when you get there and forgetting about them, make a list of everything you want to do before you leave. Alongside this, make sure you research how to go about achieving your goals. In addition, how much it will cost, and budget for them. Check out each one when you go.  That is how you can really make the most of your time living abroad.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Immerse Yourself in the Culture

It’s easy to try to stick to what you know in a foreign country. For example, you may pick food that is similar to what you eat at home or frequent well-known global chains. However, when you go back home you can have this food whenever you want. It is best to try new things that you cannot get at home. Instead of having your usual Starbucks, why not try a local coffee shop. You could also get involved in local events. By living like a local you will feel more like a resident in the country rather than a visitor or tourist.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Take an Outside Class 

While in a new country it can be a good idea to try a new course. If possible, try picking something out with your field of study. It is just because it interests you. You could take a theatre class, or art, or politics. Better still, choose a class that you could not go back home. While the American health care system or politics may not be relevant to your future career, you might not get the chance to learn about it in your own country. Learn something about the country you are studying in or try something you never thought to take. This will give you more well-rounded knowledge and experience.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

 

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What are the best student cities in the USA?

What are the best student cities in the USA?

Are you planning to choose the USA as you study abroad destination? If so, make sure to check these top 5 best student cities in the USA!

Boston

     best student cities in the USA

The home of Harvard, Boston has several other internationally famous universities. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University. Some call Boston as the ‘unofficial student capital of the US’. Moreover, it has about twenty percent of international students. In Boston, a great education comes alongside an amazing US college experience. People are also aware of Boston because of its arts and culture as well as sports. In spring and early autumn, students can easily day trip to the beautiful beaches in Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island. Nevertheless, Boston has been ranked the second safest large city in America, making it a perfect choice for students.

 

Philadelphia

best student cities in the USA 

If you are keen on politics and history, where better to study than the birthplace of American democracy? Philadelphia presents the opportunity to study while being inspired by American history and culture. In addition, the sport is big in Philadelphia, especially at universities. Moreover, the city is known for its good food. Reading Terminal Market offers every type of food you could want under one roof and is a great place to hang out with friends at the weekend. You also have to make sure you try the well known Philly cheesesteak at least once. ‘The city of brotherly love’ is the location of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, as well as Drexel and Temple universities. Nevertheless, its place between New York and Washington DC makes it a great base for visiting other cities in the North East.

 

Washington DC

 best student cities in the USA

Speaking of American history, Washington DC is another ideal city for students. With well-known universities such as George Washington and Georgetown, students can study in the US capital and heart of politics. The University of the Potomac is only three minutes from the White House. Surprisingly, most attractions in DC are free, making it easy to visit the Senate and House of Representatives whenever you want. To top it all off, DC offers unique internship opportunities that would not be found elsewhere. Here, you could secure yourself an internship with a government agency or international business. The idea of interning at the US Department of State definitely makes Washington DC seem like a great place to be a student.

 

Seattle

 best student cities in the USA

Locals are loving Seattle because of the impressive music scene and the market with stalls and street entertainers. Seattle University and the University of Washington are two out of eleven colleges and universities, making Seattle a vibrant student city.  Nevertheless, while studying here, go to the top of one of the most recognizable structures in the world such as the Space Needle. Moreover, if you stay after the semester into June make sure to enjoy the Seattle International Film Festival. In addition, Seattle also boasts the headquarters of large companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, so it is another city with promising internship opportunities.

 

New York

 best student cities in the USA

Is it even possible to make this list without including the Big Apple? New York really does have it all. As a financial centre, it is a great place for business and finance students in particular. Moreover, universities such as Columbia, New York University (NYU), Fordham University, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), mean that anyone can get a brilliant education in NYC. The city is the perfect place for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Studying in the New York where there is the opportunity to see Broadway shows seems like a dream. However, many people are admitting that New York is expensive, especially rent. On the other hand,  living on campus can reduce some of these costs significantly. If you budget right, studying in NYC can be the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

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How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

Traveling alone or in groups can be very expensive, especially if you are visiting London or other main cities. However, if you follow our guide then hopefully we can help you save the money you need for another wonderful adventure abroad. Thus, below you will find all the information on how to see the UK on a budget

 

 

Traveling

In the UK, you can use public transports to get around the city you are visiting. These include:

  • Buses – It is more suitable for those who are traveling inside one city. If you are thinking of going to all those attractions in one day, you can purchase an all-day ticket which can save you more than getting a return or single ticket. That way you can travel using buses to anywhere within the zone. Specifically, you could also use the sightseeing tour buses in many cities that will take you to popular sites!

 

  • Train – Trains can be cheaper and quicker to travel from town to town. For those who are traveling to the UK to study or stay for a longer term then you can purchase a railcard to save you money when taking the train. For traveling in cities such as London, you can purchase an Oyster card to make your traveling easier!

For those who travel in groups of 4 or 5, hiring a car is an alternative option to travel if one of you have a driving license.

Nonetheless, it is best to book your tickets in advance to save costs when using public transports or flights. We recommend using booking sites such as Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Megabus. Virgin Trains can sometimes work out cheaper than booking sites as they sometimes offer a cheaper price if you book a few months in advance.

UK on a budget

 

Sightseeing

In the UK, some museums are free to visit and yet, some requires an entrance fee. For free museums, they may ask for a small donation although that is not essential. Read on Trip Advisor before your trip to see which ones have the best reviews! If you know which ones you want to go then be sure to check out Groupon to see whether or not there is a deal so that you can save that extra cash! There may also be free events in the local area so research them beforehand!

 

 

Living/ Eating

If you are traveling to the UK to study then you may want to look at the average prices for rent in the towns or cities. Spareroom can help you find a room to stay with other flatmates similar to you.

On the other hand, you can use Airbnb to look for accommodations provided by hosts. They offer a cheaper and cost-effective way for short-stays than hotels. You can also use B&B (Bed and Breakfast) accommodations that are also relatively cheap. If you are a solo traveler then hostels are recommended for you as you can meet other people similar to you. However, always ask for advice when traveling alone and be careful when staying in an unknown location on your own.

You should also be prepared to pay more in certain cities such as London and rather than eating out all the time, you may choose to buy and cook your own food if you have the facilities. If you are eating out in London then be aware that there may be a service charge incurring.

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

 

Shopping

One of UK’s cheapest retailer is Primark and you can buy clothing there rather than bigger brands that cost ten times more. Remember if you are a student then you can use your student card to get discounts. Don’t forget that you can also get a tax refund from many shops so that can save you more money! Finally, we recommend that you should avoid tourist shops. Although they have a lot of cultural/ iconic items to purchase, their prices tend to be more expensive.

 

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What to do if you don’t know where to study?

What to do if you don’t know where to study?

Following the requests from our users, Hellouni provides some tips on what do if you don’t know where to study!

 

Consider what you enjoyed at school


With a wide range of school subjects available in school, you may have one particular subject that you enjoyed the most. If that is the area you are interested in then why not choose that as a course in University?

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

Take note of what grades you achieved in exams


You may have a few subjects that you have done particularly well in. You could progress into university studying those subjects based on the grades you have achieved thanks to your hard work!

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

Have a specific career in mind


If you already know which career you want to pursue in, then all you need to do is to find out which university degree you need. In the UK, it is not imperative for graduates to work in a field related to their degree. This mean graduate can work in another industry that does not relate to the degree they earned. Therefore, if you have achieved your degree but do not want to work in that area, then you can take your degree and work in a completely different field! 

What to do if you don't know where to study?

Attend Open days


Going to Open days is a good idea to find out more about those universities that you are interested in the study. For many of these universities in the UK, you will need to book in advance to secure your place. As each university are different, their dates for their Open days are unlikely to be on the same date! So check on their university website to find out more. Remember to take the opportunity to ask the staffs about any questions you have in mind.

 

 

Read course content


If you have doubt about which courses you should study then you should read the course content available on university websites or prospectuses. It will tell you what you will be studying in that course during your 3-4 years in university. You should also research into it by asking people on forums if you want to know more, ask ambassadors of the university, or speak to a friend or family members.

What to do if you don't know where to study?

Location


The location of the university could be one important factor to consider when deciding where to study. Furthermore, the decision to apply for a specific university could be based on what to university is famous for. Search on the web to find out which university you could study in near you or try out our app for free to see which university suits you!

What to do if you don't know where to study?

 

It is okay to feel unsure of what you want to do or where to study. Many people experience the same thing as you do. Just remember to ask for help and talk to someone who has the knowledge to help you to make the right decision.

 

 

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Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad can seem very expensive, and in some ways it is. However, if you learn how to manage your money, living in another country can be surprisingly affordable. Nevertheless, you want to get the most out of your study abroad experience. Thus by saving a little each month, you can ensure you have the chance to travel the country and enjoy all of the new opportunities that are available there. In order to help you with your money, Hellouni presents five ways to save money while studying abroad:

 

 

Create a Budget

This is the most obvious tip for saving money. However, it really is essential if you do not want to spend too much too quickly. It may be a good idea to use your first month of studying abroad as a trial period. You can see how much you spend and use this to estimate a budget for the rest of the year. However, it is important to bear in mind that the first month may be the most expensive due to purchasing homeware and everything you need to start off. Calculate how much you spend specifically on rent, food, social activities. Moreover, take into account things like clothing, and decide if you should cut back on some expenses next month. The money you are left with each month can be put into savings to use later.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

 

Avoid Expensive Card Fees

Small charges on withdrawing money from an ATM using a card from your home country can quickly add up. For this reason, it is ideal to set up a new additional bank account. By setting it up in the country of studies, you will not incur international charges for withdrawing money. If your parents are sending you money they could send it every three/four months rather than transfer every month. These tips can go a long way in preventing excessive spending where nothing is received in return.

 

 

Save on the Little Things

As much as you may think you do, you do not need to buy a coffee out every day. While you want to enjoy yourself as much as possible, cutting back spending on food and drinks out can really increase savings over time. A regular Starbucks coffee is around £3.30. If you buy coffee out every weekday, you could save £66 a month by buying coffee and milk. However, this means getting up earlier and making coffee in your flat. Alternatively, having half the amount of coffee out a month would still save you £33.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

 

Travel Cheaply

Transport is an area which may be one of the easiest to save money in. As an international student wanting to see the country, you may often use trains to visit new places as they are efficient and good quality. For international students in the UK: if you are aged between sixteen and twenty-five you can buy a railcard. This only costs £30 and reduce the price of rail tickets by a third on every journey you take. It is definitely worth the money. You can also consider saving money by taking buses rather than taxis in the city center, as these are cheap and widely available in most UK cities. If you do decide to travel to other parts of Europe, it is possible to get very cheap flights. Also, look out for sales, use a budget airline such as Ryanair or EasyJet, and use the Skyscanner website to find the cheapest flights for the destination you want to go to.

Five Ways to Save Money While Studying Abroad

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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