So you are considering applying for your study abroad year – the third year abroad which helps to extend your life in education – then you probably have 101 questions floating in your head right now. I know, because this time last year that was me.
What countries should I look into? – Just be realistic. If you want to go to a country that speaks English then look into Canada, the U.S, Australia or New Zealand. If you want to stay closer to home, think about Europe. If you have ever dreamed of going to a certain country or city, then look into if your home university has a partner university there. Do you research, and you will find somewhere.
How much is it going to cost me? – depends on where you go, what you spend your money on, and do you want to travel when there. The costs for accommodation can vary, but your student finance loan should be more, so it should cover it if there is a good exchange rate. Flights are another thing, but you can get cheap flights by searching the internet. In the US and Canada you will be on a meal plan, so you don’t technically have to spend money on food, just alcohol.
Do I need to know a language? – Again that’s up to you. For South America then probably, but for Europe, a lot of universities teach in English.
Can everyone speak English? – I’m in Canada, so for me it’s a yes.
Will they hate me because I’m British? – No, they will love your accent, no matter where you are from in the country.
Will I be that weird English exchange student? – Possibly …
Will it be the best year of my life? – It depends on what you do and what you want to get out of it.
Do I want to be close to home, or across the other side of the world? – That one speaks for itself.
What are the university days like? – This is something you will have to look into on each universities websites.