Traveling and studying abroad is something many college and university students enjoy at some time during their education. In some cases, even some high schools offer these types of opportunities in the form of foreign student exchange programs. Before you can pack your bags and head off to explore the world, you will need to prepare properly to have the best experience.
The first thing you should do is inquire with your high school, college, or university counselor to find out what foreign exchange and studying abroad opportunities are available and in what countries. Once you have this information, the next step is to submit the appropriate applications, as some programs have a limited number of opportunities each year.
In most cases, there are costs associated with the program you need to be aware of to ensure you have the proper funds. Keep in mind, while studying abroad, you may be prevented from working, so you should have funds set aside to cover your living expenses, food, clothing, and any educational costs.
Some programs might offer financial assistance and could help offset the total costs. If you are under the age of 18, remember to discuss the programs with your parents ahead of time before applying, as well as their costs. After verifying you have the necessary resources, you need specific items in order to submit your application, like a copy of your U.S. birth certificate, driver license, passport, and so on.
Furthermore, if you do not already have a valid passport, visit your local post office to procure the application form. Passports do require you submit a copy of your birth certificate. As such, it can be a good idea to order several copies of your birth certificate for the various applications you must submit.
Besides your passport, you might require a student visa that will allow you to remain within the foreign country beyond the normal allowance for tourists. Applying for a student visa can be completed at the same time you submit your passport application.
Prior to leaving the country, you will want to determine how you intend to pay for items while studying abroad. It is never a good idea to take large sums of cash. Rather, it is better to have access to a debit card and at least one credit card. Just remember to check with your bank to make sure your debit card and credit card has been cleared for usage outside the United States.
Another option is to inquire with a bank in the foreign city where you will be studying. Depending upon the regulations within the country, you may be able to open a savings or checking account and deposit funds, prior to leaving, for easy access to cash after you arrive.
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