As we all gear up to finish our Spring semesters at school, I’m starting to get ready to study abroad in the fall. Buying flights, applying for visas, all the good stuff. If you are like me, you might be a little overwhelmed. I’m super excited to bring a series of guest posts to you all about study abroad from plenty of students who have gone already! This is a post by Sam from Samanthability about how to save money while studying abroad (something that will be SUPER useful). Make sure to go check out her awesome blog as well!
Save Money while Studying Abroad with these 5 Steps!
It’s been two years now since I studied abroad, but I still think about it every single day. Studying abroad in college is amazing. No matter where you go, you’re going to have a great time! I was lucky enough to be able to set sail on a trip around the world with Semester at Sea. Basically, Semester at Sea is a cruise ship turned college at sea which travels the world for a semester. It was amazing, and I got to go to 19 different countries in four months! A trip like that can become expensive very quick. I had to learn ways to travel cheaply and smartly. Here are some tips I’ve learned!
Sam in France, South Africa, and Uruguay!
International Student Card
Before you leave for your trip, look into getting an International Student Card. I unfortunately didn’t have one of these on my trip, but boy would it have helped. This card qualifies you for discounts and deals all over the world. It can also function as an ID in a lot of cases.
Stay in Hostels
Even now, I still choose to stay in hostels whenever possible. If you plan to travel while studying abroad, like for weekend trips, I highly recommend staying in hostels and guest houses. Don’t be afraid to stay in dorm rooms (it’s not as weird as it sounds!). You can’t beat the price, and hostels are a great way to meet fellow travelers. It’s not like you’re going to be hanging out in the room much anyway, right? Why pay a ton of money?
Use Public Transportation
Public transportation can be challenging and downright scary, especially when you aren’t familiar with the language. It’s definitely worth the effort though. It will take some work at first, but once you figure it out you’ll feel super accomplished. Not to mention you’ll be saving so much money!
Scholarships and financial aid might already be available to you through your university. You might not have considered, however, the scholarships available through private sources. I was able to study abroad thanks to private scholarships from an outside association, so I definitely encourage you to look into this! Here’s a good resource to start your search.
I’ve never been one to collect souvenirs. While traveling, a lot of my friends did. Some were excessive and accumulated massive amounts of expensive goods to bring home. If you’re looking to save money, consider rethinking what souvenirs you really need. I like to collect small, inexpensive things such as post cards and magnets. Remember, memories are worth more than things! Photos, as well, serve as great reminders of your experience. Best of all, they’re free! You can also collect things like guide books, maps, and tickets, all of which are free!
Don’t stress too much about money!
Studying abroad can be stressful enough. It’s not hard to save money while studying abroad. Try not to let anxiety about money ruin your good time. This is a once in a lifetime experience so make the most of it!
Samantha is a college lifestyle blogger at Samanthability. She’s currently studying English at a tiny college by the beach. When not busy working, she like to travel, play with her dog, and binge read books.