“What’s your country count?” seems to be a question increasingly asked to international students while studying abroad. It refers to the number of countries someone has traveled to and is usually asked by people trying to find out if others share a passion for seeing the world.
While studying overseas, it can be wise to visit nearby countries if your class schedule and budget allows it. However we advise against visiting other nations just to impress others. If you made the choice to pursue a higher education in a foreign place, you likely already see the value of discovering new lands and understand that the number of countries you’ve visited doesn’t necessarily relate to how many memories you’ve made. You won’t go wrong by simply enjoying the place you’re in and immersing yourself in your new surroundings.
“There are plenty of benefits to packing your bags and traveling the world. Besides trying out exotic foods and learning more about different cultures, traveling can also improve your physical and mental well-being.”
From new friends and new foods to more confidence and career options, choosing to study abroad leads to a great variety of benefits. Are you trying to decide if studying in Canada is the best option for you? If you are, here is an infographic full of facts that you should find helpful.
Was any of this information surprising to you? Is there anything you would add to benefit future international students? Let us know in the comment section!
A student who made the decision to travel abroad and pursue higher education recently published an article highlighting some of the things I wish he had known prior to beginning his journey. We recommend it to students looking to study in Canada who are in need of a few extra tips.
Location Isn’t Always Everything: Regardless the campus you choose, you’re going to find ways to enjoy yourself. Book a campus tour, see the institutions you like and don’t stress out about whether every single second of your time spent there will be perfect.
Know Why You Want to Study Abroad: Ask yourself what you truly hope to get out of your time abroad. Are you aiming to gain international experience to benefit your career or explore a new part of the world while seeing the sites? Knowing this will help you make decisions going forward.
Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card: Many credit cards and financial institutions will charge you extra fees for overseas transactions. Finding a credit card that avoids this situation while helping your earn cash back on travel related purchases will help your savings last the duration of the trip.
Take Less Pictures: Experiencing the place you’re studying in doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with snapping hundreds of photographs. Try to explore while doing less picture taking. Instagram likes are fine but having stories you can tell is always better.
Leave the City: Don’t be afraid to stray from the beaten path from time to time. Big cities and tourist attractions will likely be the first places you want to visit but remember that smaller towns have plenty of charm too.
Canada is expanding its reputation among students as a study abroad destination and if you are interested in getting a first-hand look at what campus life is like in Canada, you should join us on one of our upcoming tours. We can help you discover why studying in a foreign country is one of the best decisions you will ever make.
Students choose to further their education overseas for a variety of reasons. Some want to go on an adventure, some see tuition more affordable than in their home country and others hope to improve their career prospects. While the idea of studying abroad is often enticing to students, parents usually have a harder time accepting it.
There are a few things the parents of international students can do to adjust to their children traveling abroad. First, they have to trust that this experience will be beneficial. Students who go overseas to pursue higher education have been seen to gain confidence, life skills, maturity and better their self-awareness.
Social media can be very important. Whether scheduling regular video chats or just seeing pictures and posts online, parents can still keep up to date on what’s going on in the lives of their children.
It is also important for parents to do their homework. Understand the campus and the city that the student will be staying in. Talk to others who have spent time at the institution and learn as much as possible in order to feel comfortable. Canada Campus Visits encourages parents and students to join us on our campus tours so everyone can have the chance to see what Canadian colleges and universities are like.
Every traveler wants to go on adventures that are important. Travel is an experience that can change your life and studying abroad is no different. In fact, getting an education overseas may be one of the most important adventures you ever go on because of the impact the trip can have on your future. To make the most of your travels, here are a few tips from a recent article:
Read and Research
Learn the Language
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Canada Campus Visits can help you with the first and last entries on this list. Our familiarization tours provide future international students with authentic experiences of campuses and cities that travel magazines and blogs simply can’t. Why read about what a college or university might be like before you study overseas when you can actually spend time in multiple campuses? Make an informed decision and reserve your place on an upcoming Canada Campus Visits tour.
While studying overseas can seem like the adventure of a lifetime, it may not always be as fun as it looks online. A recent article examined five common challenges faced by students spending time in foreign countries.
Your Adventure, Their Way: Everyone will have an opinion on how best you should travel. From where you are staying to what you should be going to see during your free time. There isn’t one way to do things and at the end of the day, you need to experience your new environment in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable.
There’s No Place Like Home: There’s always the possibility that even after your initial campus visit, the institution where you choose to study may not feel like the best fit. No matter what, you should try your hardest to make the best of your time there. The international experience you gain while abroad will benefit you in the long run.
Doing It For the ‘Gram: Your time spent traveling may not always come off as glamorous as it does on the social networks of your friends. Your adventure is unique to you and you don’t need to constantly be comparing it to what you see others doing.
Living for Likes: Not everything you do needs to be documented on social media. It’s important to step away from your mobile device and actually experience your new surroundings. Your loved ones back home will probably want to hear stories from your trip more than they want a link to your online photo album.
Relationships Are Complicated, As Usual: Whether you’re trying to maintain a long-distance relationship or meet someone new overseas, dating is hard. Manage your expectations and be honest with what you want from your significant other. To our knowledge, most travel insurance packages don’t cover broken hearts.
Studying in a foreign country can be one the the greatest adventures you ever experience. If you’re in a relationship with someone you care deeply about though, the journey may not be an easy one if you’re going alone. Long-distance relationships are often believed to be stressful for all parties involved but they aren’t impossible to manage. Here are a few keys to surviving your study abroad experience with your relationship intact.
While it’s hard leaving those that you care about, you might feel worse if you skipped your trip abroad entirely. International experience can change your life and missing an opportunity of such magnitude would be unfortunate.
Patience and communication are key. Social media makes it possible to stay in touch with people back home but issues like time zones and Wi-Fi connectivity can get in the way. You have to be patient and understand that even when your schedules do align, things may not always go according to plan.
When you get the time to talk, don’t hold back what you’re feeling. If school is difficult or you’re having a hard time adjusting to your new environment, share that. Be prepared to listen to their feelings as well. You’ll both have good days and bad days and being with each other throughout each is important.
Over-sharing can be an issue if you aren’t careful. Saying “good morning” and “good night” is one thing but continuously clutching your mobile device in an attempt to stay in touch can come off as clingy. Remember that you’re on an international adventure and your significant other most likely wants you to experience it to the fullest.
While seemingly daunting, long-distance relationships can improve communication skills and teach independence. As long as you both aren’t afraid to put in the required effort to make it work, a long-distance relationship is another test you can pass while you study abroad.