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Is Studying Abroad Really So Much More Expensive?

Is Studying Abroad Really So Much More Expensive?

 

In the old times, one first spent a lot of time with all the paperwork, communications and formalities that the desired semester abroad (or a year, or the whole degree abroad) required, and then, with or without holidays before the start of the school year, and before or after the relocation to the new place of study, finally the question of the right accomodation, probably some kind of a student or part time job and all these live-and-study issues came up.

 

Nowadays, as Uniseeker is going to help you with all the formalities, you can actually concentrate on the things that only you can arrange for yourself. It can still be a challenge though, so I am going to focus on these issues in a couple of posts. Feel free to suggest us any more, maybe from your own experience... (Currently, our Facebook is the main communications channel.)

 

One challenge often mentioned is that "Studying in another country is expensive." It might be, in some cases it is. I'm not going to compare economies of different countries here, I want to point out that often, what's meant by the above cliché is just fear of the unknown. Understandable of course, but a solution is better than a fear, right? Try to think how many things are made easier for you by knowing people and places in the city where you study, what information gets to you from friends (especially those with similar interests as you). These sources are priceless when it comes to joining in a new place. It may be a "secret" Facebook group of the university or even of the city, any Internet platform like a forum, mailing list..., or there can be an everyone's favorite student caffè, music club, a series of lectures by a valued teacher, a startup accelerator... Tapping on these unique information channels will not only give you the useful info and help you solve things a bit more like the locals, it will make you look interested and up-to-date, and you will become part of the community. That really can help in a new place.

 

In our next post we are going to bring some examples of where to go for this special kind of "secret" information, so stay tuned!

 

 

image credit: Zlerman

 

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