At the semester’s beginning, I went to the Global Engagement Fellows Fall Meeting. Fellows that had already studied abroad offered tips and talked about their study abroad experiences. Advice mentioned more often than not was to seek out different experiences and locations to travel to. Additionally, many pointed out the merit in making the place you’re studying your home in that you should consider spending at least half your weekends there instead of always traveling out of town. It was helpful to hear the travel advice people shared.
Later in the semester, I attended the mandatory pre-departure orientation for students who plan to study abroad. Some of the tips that were talked about include:
- use sites like studentuniverse.com and skyscanner.com to find cheap flights
- register with step.state.gov; register side trips with studyabroad.ou.edu
- download helpful apps like Go Euro, FlixBus, WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Maps.me, etc.
- send your itinerary to an emergency contact; save your receipts (especially ones regarding treatment that may later need to be reimbursed with insurance)
- take official taxis if no pick-up service is sent
- scan copies of important documents to leave with an emergency contact
- inform debit/credit cards that you’re going abroad
- prepare for any language placement exams that you may need to take