Studying abroad doesn’t mean spending all your cash. Sure, it’d be awesome to spend a semester in Tokyo, washing down your cornflakes with only the finest sake, and it’d be fabulous to study in Moscow, subsisting on the rarest of Beluga caviar. But if the world’s first and third most expensive cities for expats, respectively, fall outside your price range, don’t fret. Studying abroad on a budget doesn’t mean trading your kidneys for a plane ticket on Craigslist; it means making an informed decision about destinations that are within your budget. While rural towns and smaller cities are, generally speaking, less pricey than major metropolises, you don’t necessarily have to forgo the experience of a big city. In fact, there are plenty of other, oft-overlooked major cities around the globe that won’t break the bank. These decidedly less pricey cities are economic and cultural centers in their own right–and they boast excellent study abroad programs, to boot. Read more
Whether you are studying abroad for a week, month, semester or year, packing can be a daunting activity. To make the whole process a little easier, here are some tips on how to pack for study abroad like a pro.
1. If you are planning on studying abroad in Europe do not bother packing sweatpants. Maybe pack one pair to lounge around your apartment or dorm room in but I promise you NO ONE in Europe wears them and if you do you will be stared at. Do not waste the space. Read more
1. WorldMate Live (Free) Arguably the best app on the market for traveling. Businessmen who travel the world rave about it – this app provides information on hotels, restaurants, travel, currency conversion and anything else you’ll need abroad. A must-have while out of the country! Read more
1. Google Maps (Free) You will inevitably get lost while abroad in a foreign city. Use Google Maps on your iPhone to get where you’re going. Enough said. Also, browse the app store for metro maps of your host city, like the London Tube or Metro Paris apps (both $1). Read more