At the foothills of the Acropolis – Abroad101’s Cool Program of the Week

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Odyssey in Athens is a study abroad program through Webster University and gives students from any college a rich cultural experience in the birthplace of Western civilization. Students tell of great friendships that develop between their Greek classmates and feeling welcome in Athens, a big, but not too big city.  Wether you’re into history, cultural experiences or the great Greek food, we agree that the Odyssey in Athens is one cool program!

greece-athens-webster-reviewWith its extraordinary artistic, intellectual and cultural heritage, Athens is richly endowed with resources for formal study and experiential learning. The museums at the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki collections are within minutes of the Athens Campus facilities. Cultural events including concerts, recitals, dance and theater, as well as international trade shows, conferences and symposia, public lectures, gallery exhibits, sports events and marathons, are an integral part of life in this bustling, cosmopolitan city at the confluence of Europe, Asia and Africa.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/webster-university-athens-odyssey-in-athens

5 Online Jobs You Can Do from Anywhere

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If you’re thinking about studying abroad, you may be worried about saving enough cash to make it to the end of the semester. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend their evenings inside their apartment eating noodles from a cup when they should be enjoying the local cuisine.

While some countries may allow you to work part-time legally, it can be hard to find a job that fits in with your study and provides a regular source of income. The last thing you want is to commit to regular hours and miss out on spontaneous student events, or not have enough time to study for exams. So if you want to find work that fits in with your schedule (not the other way around), check out these 5 online jobs you can do from anywhere:

  1. Designer

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Pretty much everyone has a blog these days and if you don’t have the money to create your own webpage just yet, you can start off with a simple WordPress blog or Facebook page. With the continued rise in internet subscriptions and smartphone users, the need for websites and apps has never been higher.

Which means that a good designer will never be without work. You can decide to specialize in websites, mobile apps, or graphic design and work the hours with the clients that suit you.

How much you’ll make as a freelance designer depends on how much work you’re willing to put in. You may need to make an investment in time to start off with, while you improve your skills and study the market.

The Catch?

You have to know about design. At least the basics, which means brushing up on some courses before you go. Try learning about basic design and how to make simple WordPress sites for free on YouTube, or pay for an inexpensive course on a site like teachable or udemy.com.

 

  1. Translator

chalkboardBeing in a foreign country doesn’t make you fluent in the language. And being fluent in the language doesn’t make you a translator. But if you have language proficiency and time on your hands, you don’t always need a fancy qualification to translate for certain projects.

The more experience you have, the more you can charge and you’re qualified, you can apply to sites like Day Translations and forums, such as Translators Café. What’s the best thing about working as a freelance translator? You get to practice your language skills every day, while studying in the country of your choice.

The Catch?

You need to be fluent in two languages minimum and have a natural ability to translate. Not everyone has this gift – translating can be hard – but if you want to give it a try, there are plenty of companies crying out for this necessary service.

 

  1. Writer

computerIf you have a romantic image of writers, sitting down scribbling away in a book, then erase that from your brain if you want to make money. Writing tends to be undervalued and underpaid. It can be very hard to get clients when you’re first starting out and don’t have any published work to show.

But if you’re serious about writing, sit down and come up with a few articles that you think will be of interest for the sites that you like reading. Perhaps you can relate them to your area of study, or working and learning abroad. A lot of sites will take well-written posts and publish them. Not many will pay you, but you’ll get the benefit of your name in print and be able to show examples to future clients.

The Catch?

Not very well paid to start out with and you’ll need to write well, but also learn to write quickly. If you’re getting paid $15 an article and it takes you 5 hours, you’re not going to make much extra.

 

  1. Programmer

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Hand in hand with designers, programmers are always in demand these days. Especially good ones, so the more time you can dedicate to improving your skills and extending your portfolio of programming languages, the better.

While you don’t necessarily have to have a degree in computer science to be a freelance programmer, if you want to work with larger companies, you’ll be competing with people who do. But to kick-start your efforts at making part time money, try taking a course online and signing up to GitHub for peer support and advice.

The Catch?

You need a certain type of personality to be a programmer and not everyone has the patience. It can be quite stressful when people rely on you to make sure that their site functions correctly.

  1. English Teacher

englishTeaching English will always be in high-demand, even if you’re in an English-speaking country, thanks to the rise in immigration. As the rest of the world tries to keep up with digitalization and globalization, everyone wants to learn English.

You don’t even have to do this face-to-face anymore or stand in classroom in front of a group of students. There are a bunch of companies offering English teaching online and you can teach per hour from the comfort of your apartment.

The Catch?

You’re not going to be a millionaire teaching English online, but it’s a relatively easy way of making sure you have enough money not to miss out on anything fun. Some companies require a university degree or TEFL course, so you may not be able to apply to all positions.

 

The Takeaway

Studying abroad can be the best experience of your life and enrich your future in so many ways. But running out of money and having to pass up on festival, concert, or outing can be frustrating.

With minimal effort, you can hone your skills, whether you like to write, speak languages, or are more tech savvy. Then you can use this knowledge to make money online from anywhere in the world. No visas, no commitment, just you and your computer managing your schedule.

 

Author Bio:

sean-hopwoodSean Hopwood, MBA is founder and President of Day Translations, Inc., an online certified translation services provider, dedicated to the improvement of global communications. By helping both corporations and the individual, Day Translations provides a necessary service at the same time as developing opportunities for greater sympathy and understanding worldwide.

 

Studying Abroad Online vs Classroom Education

 

Plenty of wise men throughout the years have stated that true education is a never-ending process. Whether you aim to maximize your income prospects or if you simply want to know more about the world we live in, there can be no doubt that furthering your education is one of the best roads you can take in life.  Combining travel and studies has been show to provide a powerful combination of experiences and give students not only a memorable experience, it is often referred to as life changing. Not too many college alumni will say a campus-based Chemistry class was life-changing, but if that course was taken while the student was overseas, then wow!

Whereas once upon a time the only way to earn college credit was by physically attending a place of learning, nowadays the online revolution has swept up the educational system as well. In fact, in this day and age you can even study abroad online, as many top schools throughout the world allow students of all nationalities to earn prestigious degrees without ever setting foot in a classroom.  If you have the discipline to balance both study and travel, then you might want to create your own personal hybrid program and take online courses while you trek.

 

Cost

In most parts of the world, getting a good education isn’t cheap. With skyrocketing tuition costs and relatively meager employment prospects for recent grads, it’s fair to wonder if higher education is actually worth the investment. Additionally, going the traditional route will also lead to incurring substantial fees for room and board, plus all the extra costs related to moving to another country. Opting for an online education tends to be comparatively cheaper overall, especially when it comes to schools that focus solely on long distance learning and have lower overhead costs as a result.

Accessibility

A significant part of the traditional college experience is related to the idea of going away to another part of the country or the world, where new people and experiences await. While this kind of thing can undoubtedly seem exciting when you’re young, for people who already have to balance familial obligations and maybe even a full-time job with their educational goals, it often is a bridge too far. Online education comes with the possibility of handling coursework right from the comforts of your home, which doesn’t require any commute time at all. But some online education providers also offer the possibility of traveling to their respective learning facilities on short-term internships, thus giving prospective students the chance to broaden their cultural horizons as well.

Experience

The feeling of being in a classroom surrounded by your peers is something that’s treasured by many, and it’s a big part of why traditional education is still the norm all over the world. But online education has also come a long way from its humble beginnings, with schools now boasting cutting edge online platforms replete with videoconferencing options and personalized mentors. Of course, not actually being in a classroom means you can self-regulate study pace, thus allowing you to complete a course on your own schedule, with dedicated teachers just a click away to provide support whenever you need it.

Course accreditation

By receiving accreditation conferred to it by a respected external body, an institute of learning receives an official seal of approval that certifies its tional programs. In most countries, this kind of quality assurance is provided by a government organization, and can be of great importance when looking for employment later on. In this regard online schools have traditionally lagged behind their competition, but nowadays a simple online search is all you need to find out if the program you’re thinking about applying for is accredited or not.

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Overall effectiveness

Probably the most important thing about earning a diploma is its inherent value in finding a great job. To that end, it can be useful to check the track record of all your prospective schools and see what their post-graduate employment levels look like. If you’re looking for immediate employment, you’ll often find that online institutions tend to focus more on teaching you job-ready skills in growing industries such as Accounting or Workplace Health and Safety than traditional learning facilities. Additionally, reputable institutions will also have a dedicated network of alumni, whom you can contact to learn more about how they benefited from attending their respective schools.

 

It’s clear to see that studying abroad online offers all the benefits typically associated with traditional classroom education, while also being considerably cheaper and more accessible. It may not be for everyone, as some people will likely miss the feeling of being in a real classroom, but for those who enjoy its myriad perks, online education can be a real game-changer.

 

Confirm the Quality

Before you make your final choice it is important to confirm you plans with an advisor to make sure your plans are in synch with your educational goals.  For those earned academic credits to help you in your career, you do want to make sure they are credible, recognized and applicable.

Abroad101’s Cool Program of the Week – Saving Sea Turtles

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What could be cooler than saving sea turtles AND getting school credit or service learning hours for doing it!  Broadreach is the host to this week’s cool program, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Sea Turtle Ecology where your turtle studies include time at a hatchery, in-water monitoring and participate in a reforestation project.  You’ll snorkel and may even learn diving.

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After touching down in Nicaragua, jump right into your turtle studies at a Nicaraguan research center. Experience the thrills of the Costa Rican jungle on the rapids of the Sarapiqui River. Next, learn how to do turtle night patrols and research on unique kinds of sea turtles. Assist biologists with in-water turtle surveys, collecting data on population structure, habitat and health. Explore conservation challenges facing sea turtles and research what you can do about them, including night patrols of hatching habitats. Follow this up with hands-on work at a turtle hatchery in the Costa Rican town of San Miguel.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/broadreach-multiple-costa-rica-nicaragua-sea-turtle-ecology

4 Countries that are a Bargain for International Students

Studying abroad can be an incredibly rewarding experience for college students looking for a different university experience. From experiencing a new country and culture to a wider and more diverse selection of post-graduation career prospects, the benefits of studying in a different country have been well documented.

There are, however, factors that every student should think long and hard about before committing to study in any given country. Educational opportunity is only one of the considerations that should play into choosing where to study abroad. Another important aspect to consider is the cost of living. A high cost of living can have a very real impact on your university experience by requiring that you work off campus to make additional money, which can cut into time for study and create unnecessary stress.

These four countries (most of which are in Europe) offer a bargain for international students by combining reasonable tuitions with an affordable cost of living that can make college life less complicated and more productive. And while tourism in some European cities have slowed due to concerns over safety, Europe is still incredibly safe overall, which has created some incredible bargains for international students wanting to study there.

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1. Germany

Germany is a very popular country for international students to study abroad, and for good reason. Many of the approximately 300 universities offer affordable tuition, and private universities do not charge tuition costs for undergrad and grad students. Along with that, Germany is quite open to diversity. They’ve led the way in helping refugees from Syria relocate and integrate into German society and cities like Munich and Berlin are known for their affordable cost of living and diverse culture.

2. Spain

Spain’s economy has been rough for the past few years, but as it finds its way into a more stable economic situation, it’s still a bargain for international students. Tuition costs in Spain are some of the lowest in the EU at an average of around 1,000 euros per semester at public schools. And while costs of living in cities like Barcelona and Madrid may be a little higher, the cost of living is still quite favorable compared to other countries.

3. Canada

While Canada might not be the first low-cost option for international students, their tuition is, on average, far more affordable than tuition at many US institutions. The cost of living has increased in cities like Toronto and Vancouver, but there are still deals to be had, and attending a university in Canada can still be a pretty good deal for an international student – especially if you look at schools that are outside the major metropolitan areas. You can find some great university programs in Canada here.

4. Hungary

When you think about studying abroad, one place that probably doesn’t immediately pop into your mind is studying in Hungary. But, Hungary is a great country for international students as they play host to a few globally ranked universities; have a very low cost of living (especially compared to other countries in Europe); and is much less competitive than top-tier schools in highly competitive countries. Students also get the benefit of living in a beautiful European city that offers many cultural landmarks, museums, and activities that can contribute to a high quality of life.

When you’re looking to study abroad, the possibilities can seem almost endless. Looking at key factors, like the local cost of living; tuition cost and financial assistance; and available job opportunities can help you figure out what country can provide the best situation for you. Just remember – studying abroad can be a hugely rewarding experience if you choose the right location and the right school carefully. Start your search early and find out what your best options are.

Abroad101’s Cool Program of the Week – The Intern Group

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This week’s cool program comes from The Intern Group and Their Hong Kong Internship program.  As one of the world’s leading commercial centers, Hong Kong is a powerhouse in Asia and as the student reviews tell, students gain invaluable work experience in the sector of their choice, making important global connections and boosting their resume and careers. 

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The Hong Kong internship program provides you with all the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is fruitful and rewarding. Quality accommodation, all your travel in Hong Kong, cultural & social events, mentoring and 24/7 full-time local support are all included along with your Hong Kong internship.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/the-intern-group-hong-kong-internship-placement-program