“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.”
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.
Spending time abroad is fun but can be difficult to do when you’re trying to complete your education in a new country. Your study abroad experience may not always go as smoothly as you expect but here are a couple of tips to keep you as stress free as possible.
Swap your Scenery: Whether it’s a coffee shop, on public transit or in a park, don’t be a afraid to come out of your room to study in a new environment. A bit of fresh air never hurts when cramming for a test.
Seek Help When You Need It: New countries and new campuses make for new challenges galore. Should you need assistance with anything, your friends, student counselors and faculty members are usually more than willing to help. Those closest to you want to see you succeed so never be afraid to reach out to them.
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.
With an ever increasing number of people choosing to study abroad, recent studies have indicated the positive effects international travel experiences can have. According to the Harvard Business Review, travel abroad increases your creativity, lowers tendencies to suffer from group bias and promotes overall career success.
Research was conducted with almost 2,000 participants and claimed that those who lived abroad had a more defined sense of themselves. Such clarity was associated with improved performance at work and personal well-being.