If you like adventure, new experiences, and expanding your knowledge of the world, choosing to study abroad might be the best decision you ever make!
Potential study abroad students should consider a few things, mainly:
- Are you able to quickly adapt to new environments? Studying abroad, whether for one month or one semester, will test your ability to adapt to a new school, a new living situation, and a different crowd.
- Do you want to set yourself apart from other graduating students? The chance to travel and study in a different country will allow you to network, gain new references, and add to your already impressive resume.
- Are you looking to learn more about yourself? Not only will you learn about the host country you’re living in, but you’ll also be able to try out new cuisine, take time to reflect on yourself, and speak to others with different worldviews that you may have not considered prior to studying abroad.
While considering studying abroad, don’t worry too much about money; you have the rest of your life to work. Don’t graduate and regret not traveling because you were too shy, too lazy to apply, or too nervous. Take time to do what you want to do while in University, because before you know it you will be graduated and working full-time.
Before leaving for your trip, you may want to research on the place you are going and the surrounding areas. You should look online and read up about current events, cultural norms, transportation means, and local sites.
If you are traveling somewhere foreign and you don’t know the language, It might be useful to learn a few phrases or prepare a sheet of paper full of questions that might come in handy, such as “where is the bathroom?”
If you are somebody that enjoys speaking on the phone to your loved ones, you might want to look into phone plans. If you can’t afford a phone plan, download Skype to contact home while in Wi-Fi areas.
Remember, if you are chosen to study abroad, you are a representation of not only Capilano University, but also of Canada. Try your best to be open to new experiences and keep an open-mind. The friendlier you are, the more opportunities will fall into your lap.