20 Ways to Study Abroad and Save
This guest post was contributed by Rose Jensen, who writes about the online college courses. She welcomes your feedback at Rose.Jensen28@yahoo.com.
1. Decide where you want to go and why you want to go there. Certain cities like London are pricey because they are study abroad hotspots. Lesser traveled cities can be inexpensive, and offer the same characteristics that you crave from the more popular destination.
2. Apply for scholarships. There are plenty of scholarships available for students who want to study abroad. Search for these through your school and the internet.
3. Work over the summer. Remember that you’ll be spending an entire semester on a semi-vacation when you go abroad, and sacrificing your lazy summer days for a busy money-earning job won’t seem too bad.
4. Do odd jobs for extra funds. Sell your old clothes or collect soda cans for scrap metal recycling and you’ll earn some more cash.
5. Look at flight rates constantly. Shop around for cheaper tickets, and though you’ll probably have to endure a few connecting flights, it’ll be worth it in the end.
6. Get an International Student Identity Card. The ISIC card can get you discounts on bus fares, phone plans, and a multitude of other things while you’re abroad.
7. Go abroad with a friend. Having someone to travel with means you don’t need to pack or buy as many things on your own. If you plan to get an apartment there, having several roommates to share the rent helps also.
8. Split meals with a friend. You can easily share big lunches and dinners with a friend, avoiding draining your wallet and expanding your waistline.
9. Bring outlet adapters. You can avoid buying appliances with a funny plug you won’t be able to use at home by bringing appliances you already own along with outlet adapters.
10. Don’t exchange money at the airport. Exchange rates at the airport are notoriously bad, and there is usually a surcharge. Hunt around different banks for the best exchange rate so you can get the most out of your dollars.
11. Do exchange money at your destination. It is often cheaper to change dollars to Euros when you’re in Europe than to do the transaction in the United States.
12. Enjoy free tours of your city. There are plenty of free ways to explore your new city, whether it’s scoping out the museums or going on a long walk.
13. Avoid the tourist traps. There are always certain bars and restaurants in popular destinations that cater to out-of-towners, and because of this, are overpriced. Avoid them.
14. Eat what the locals eat. The local people are the best resource for cheap and delicious eats. See where they’re chowing down and do the same.
15. Do what the locals do. They have inside information on the best and most affordable places to be and things to do, so make a few local friends.
16. Cook instead of dining out. You can save a hefty load of cash by buying groceries and cooking your own meals instead of dining out every day.
17. When traveling out of the city, consider staying at a hostel. You will want to explore the surrounding places outside of your abroad city, and hostels are a cheap, student-friendly alternative to pricey hotel rooms.
18. Make local friends and visit often. Local friends can not only bring you to the best places to eat and have fun, but they can also host free dinners and functions at their homes.
19. Avoid cabs. Unless you’re in a tight situation where a taxi is needed, travel by foot or board a bus.
20. Get a part time job. Some countries will allow students without a work visa to earn some cash.