Studying abroad - many students dream about exploring the world, learning languages and making friends in exotic countries. Unfortunately, for many it stays a dream and the initial enthusiasm is overshadowed by cluttered information on too many source and too much organizational stuff that needs to be taken care of before you can board the plane and digg into your study abroad adventure.
The book Study Abroad 101 gives you answers to your questions on studying abroad – all in one book. This book takes you by the hand and offers simple and easy to understand step by step guidelines from planning your trip up to your return after your study abroad program ends.
Here a short overview of the topics discussed in the book:
So, you want to Study Abroad
Short intro on studying abroad and whether it will make sense for you to do it.
Narrowing Down the Options
Discusses possible problems or difficulties and how to find the best study abroad program and solution for your personal needs.
Planning your Trip
Everything you need to know before you go studying abroad, from passport to travel arrangements, insurance and what you should pack for your adventure abroad.
Health and Safety Concerns
Great info about everything that hopefully never happens while you are living abroad. Also a good resource to ease worried parents, who will probably worry like crazy while you are studying overseas!!!
Managing Money Abroad
Great tool to budget your money during your study abroad adventure! Also provides general info on tax issues, financial aid and how to take care of your money, when you are living abroad.
Life in Another Country
Valuable info on how to manage everyday life in a foreign country – from doing your laundry, cooking and food, to bathroom issues (yes, there can be rather interesting options for that in certain countries).
Living with the Locals
Interesting advice on how to deal with local customs, culture shock, dating rituals and making friends during your study abroad time. Also see my advice on how to make the most of your stay abroad.
Keeping in Touch with Home
This chapter provides info how to keep in touch with your family and friends back home, while you live abroad. It also gives you advice on dealing with homesickness and how to find certain comfort goods (food!!!) of your home country, while you are living abroad to make you feel better. Also see my blogposts on Homsickness and staying in touch with family and friends.
Life After Study Abroad
Explains Reverse Culture Shock and how to deal with it. This section also offers advice how to settle back into your old and “boring” life back home after one of the greatest adventures of your life.
Top Secrets You Should Know
Shhhht – its top secret!!!
I especially like the Managing Money Abroad section and the Top Secrets You Should Know, but the whole book provides useful and provides current information (the 2nd edition came out in 2008) for everybody, who thinks about studying abroad. I have to admit, that some sections do not apply for non-US citizens, but the greater part provides valuable information, no matter where you are from or where you want to go.
I can only recomend this book for everybody, who wants to study abroad. It is a great resource and provides a load of information on studying in a foreign country.
Go get your copy of Study Abroad 101 NOW and get ready for your adventure abroad!
For more information on how to plan your studies abroad, check out How to study abroad video!