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Students Need to Take Care of Important Basics so They can Focus on Academics, and Have a Great Experience
Students who seize the opportunity to study abroad gain an invaluable experience that offers a chance to open the mind to a world unknown and grow intellectually as well as culturally. You canâ€™t prepare for everything when planning to go out of the country, but there are some tips and technologies you may find useful. Here are a few items to note and things to pack to ensure successful travels in the whirlwind of adventures about to ensue.
Prepare Your Foreign Tongue
Itâ€™s respectful and helpful to learn a countryâ€™s basic phrases, culture and etiquette. Donâ€™t go in blindsided and be sure to prep before you go. Duolingo is a ‘serious game' (that is, an application that serves the purpose of educating) that you can use to discover and practice a different language.
Communicate via a Messaging App
When youâ€™re in another country, itâ€™s important to have a source of communication with your peers along with those back home. You likely wonâ€™t have the same kind of access to calling or text messaging with others, so try to download a messaging app that can be used universally by your classmates. For example, WeChat is a good app for communicating. It comes with free messaging and calling and offers language support thatâ€™s localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language. In terms of safe traveling, itâ€™s very important to have a way to connect with others.
Read Foreign Languages Through Word Lens
A powerful tool you can download is Word Lens. Itâ€™s an augmented reality app that utilizes your phoneâ€™s camera to scan different languages (think road signs and restaurant menus). Moreover, you donâ€™t need an internet connection for this, something thatâ€™s often hard to find when you donâ€™t know your way around town.
Understand the Currency
Most of those who study abroad do not have endless funds which is why having a currency calculator comes in very handy. Try Currency – itâ€™ll convert another country's currency to your local currency to help you keep track and know how much everything actually costs.
Record Your Moments
The time you have studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Make sure you record the adventures and the moments as much as possible. Maybe even invest in a Go-Pro so you can capture the most vivid in-the-moment experiences, share with the rest of the world through social media and relive an amazing experience. You wonâ€™t regret it.
These tips and technologies will help you get the most out of your experience, break the language barrier, maintain a budget, capture the moments, and remain connected to traveling buddies and friends and family. With these things all taken care of, you can focus on academics, while having the adventure of a lifetime!