The Secret Info That Will Make Your Life Easier If You Are Planning To Study Abroad
In the previous post I mentioned that things get easier in a new place of study with the right kind of information. So here comes a few tips where to look for it. I am not going to make long lists (those may come when we focus on specific countries, coming soon! ) , just tips and some illustrations:
A place where nowadays probably everyone starts is the Internet. You can find and compare a lot of things while being physically anywhere.
Facebook pages and groups which collect this mix of everything from everyone. Secret Tel Aviv is one great example. Try to look for these, maybe your new school abroad has a similar page on its own. Sometimes there are groups especially for say, flatsharing or job opportunities. It's always good to check expats websites, too, but these tend to be more commercial than useful. If you are into startups, look for the local ones that are hiring - you would find a job and a way to integrate at the same time! You can try to find those local people (I mean their Facebook groups, or their local events on any social media) who share your hobbies. If you have something to offer or share, like yoga courses, language lessons, find for example where people are looking for tutors!
The second important point is the real world search. You do have to be physically there to meet people, find where everyone likes to go for coffee, lunch, maybe a favorite music club. Maybe students who share your interest in a particular field can have valuable information for you. Maybe there's a space where they spend their time studying across the study years and specialization, like a good library in or out of the campus. Try to discover all these small local universes, so the study abroad stops being just xy months spent in a foreign speaking country, following classes for credits, but you turn it into experiencing a different environment, different culture, different people in the context of your study field. That is the biggest contribution studying abroad can bring you, and yes, it's you who has to come to it, until then it is just waiting there.
The practical point is, finding an apartment or flatmates or a job or just friends without being otherwise connected to the place where you want to study and live can be difficult. But if you manage to become a part of that place in some way, the information will much more likely find a way to you than if you stay being a stranger or the kind of international student "I'm only here for a year." Try to get the most of it.
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Stripping labels off people, because everyone has the right to plan their own future
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Studying abroad is going to be a positive experience for everyone who tries.