The Longest Break of Your Life: How to make studying abroad affordable
By Naa-Shorme Aidoo
People talk about a study abroad semester as if it were the most magical experience of college, and IT IS!
But, a lot of people forgo the opportunity because of the costs, and trust me, a great amount of money will be needed, but let me tell you a few things I did to make studying abroad much more affordable.
First, stop by the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. It’s a vital resource!
Second, if you choose to study abroad through a program, then apply for scholarships. Most will encourage you to do so, so do it!
Third, as the trip approaches, pay attention to the currency conversion rate for the country you’ve chosen to explore.
Fourth, KNOW THYSELF. I found myself spending much more money than anticipated during the first two months, so I had to take a step back to assess things.
Consider what you are doing and why you are doing it. If you make spending money on travel and food priorities, then don’t feel pressure to go shark cage diving just because everyone else in your program is going. Of course try new things, but know which new things are within your budget….
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