Thinking about setting off and taking on a new part of the world? Are you a bored student; tired of the same grey skies above your home in the UK? If this sounds familiar to you, maybe it’s time to study abroad!
There are lots of things that should be considered before you pack your bags and hop on the next flight. So, let’s take this opportunity to go through a few things first:
Let’s start with the reasons why you want to study abroad. With uni degrees now costing up to £9,000 a year, it’s becoming increasingly common for students to seek a semester outside of the UK. A survey by HSBC found that a student would only pay an extra £100 each year – including two return flights home – to study in Canada. There’s a possibility that you may just want to study abroad purely for the cultural experience. You wouldn’t be alone in having these feelings, with a Graduate Prospects survey finding that 33% of students asked cited an appetite for adventure as their primary motivation for wanting to take their studies elsewhere.
Now that you have an idea of why you’d like a change in your learning environment; let’s see exactly where the student hotspots are around the globe. A big contender right now is Rome; the former hub of the empire and a centre for rich food, wine and local culture. Italy as a whole was voted No. 1 in Go Abroad’s “Top Ten Places to Study Abroad in 2017” list. Just take a look at this example course.
Another popular location for students is Ottowa, the capital of the USA’s friendly cousin, Canada. With a lot of its residents being fluent in both French and English, Ottowa offers its visitors an interesting and diverse experience. Places to see here include Parliament Hill, the city’s legislative building, admired for its Neo-Gothic appearance; and the National Gallery of Canada, an art museum which showcases works from prominent Canadian artists. Ottowa was voted no.1 best student city by students on TopUniversities.
Hopefully, you’ve had some insight into the sort of location you’re looking for and are now in the “Prepping for travel” stage. You are? Good! As well as making sure you’ve packed your passport, money and toothbrush, it’s now time to start thinking about consular protection for whilst you’re abroad. After all, isn’t setting off to broaden your horizons risky enough, without travelling without any form of professional assistance in case of emergencies?
That’s where Consularcare comes in. Today’s world is too uncertain not to entertain the risks associated with travel. Even a small problem can become time-consuming and costly, spoiling a trip, and in the event of an emergency situation, the effects can be long-term and far-reaching. ConsularAssist provides immediate help in over 180 countries; expert assistance in an emergency from knowledgeable, consular-trained staff, just a phone call away.
Looks like you’re all set: You’ve picked your destination, you’ve booked your flights, and with ConsularAsssist you know you won’t be alone if things go wrong. Now all that’s left for you to do is have an incredible, unforgettable journey into the big wide world.
Have fun, stay safe and “Travel the world without worry”!