Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and memorable times of your life and can do a lot to enhance your education(plus plenty of other mind blowing benefits). To get the most out of the experience, it is a good idea to plan so that you don’t spend too much time bogged down in logistics you could have worked out beforehand.
Finding an Apartment
The school you are attending may offer assistance with this task. However, you still need to think about where you would like the apartment to be located and whether you want to move into a furnished place or buy furniture once you are there. You should do some research ahead of time on typical housing costs and amenities in the area where you will be living, so you will know what reasonable expectations are.
Find the Right Flight
You can save a lot of money if you do your research right. In your online searches, look for smaller airports near your location that might be cheaper to fly in and out of. Some sites for searching flights add surcharges, so you may want to look for flights on those sites but then book directly with the airline site. Some airlines will even offer discounts to students traveling for a study abroad. Be sure to check whether fares include the cost of checked baggage.
Do You Need A Car?
Many countries have more efficient public transportation than most of the United States. However, if you are staying longer than a few months or would like to explore parts of the country that are off the beaten path, a car could be useful. Even if you don’t plan to own a car while you are there, find out ahead of time what the licensing requirements are and look into the availability of a roadside assistance service in your area.
Packing for the Long-Term
The first thing to keep in mind is that most things you need, except for specific brands, will be available wherever you go. Do some research ahead of time to find out what items are more expensive in the new country to prioritize what you should bring. Pack clothing that can stand multiple wears and washings, is made for the weather, and mixes well together. Bring adapters for things like computers, but buy smaller electrical items such as hairdryers in the country.
Pursuing an education abroad will bring plenty of surprises, challenges, and rewards. Organizing the basics will allow you to meet those surprises and challenges with confidence.