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Tips for Preparing to Study Abroad

2月18日,2021年10:45:00 AM / BYMichaela Clarke.

In her first post for the CAPA World blog, remote Dublin intern Michaela Clarke shares a list of 10 tips on how to stay on top of study abroad logistics such as visas, scholarships and funding, cultural customs, and more - including tying up loose ends before you leave!

Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity and I believe everyone should do it! It actually took me about a year of researching different study abroad programs before I chose CAPA. CAPA is a diverse program that offers a wide range of subjects for internships, so I am excited to be a part of the CAPA experience. I chose to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland for my internship because they have a unique criminal justice system and I wanted to experience how it works with forensic science.

(CAPA note:Our in-country study abroad program in Dublin has recently transitioned to an online program. Michaela will now be interning remotely with a Dublin-based company this semester.)

Preparing to study abroad is a daunting experience and you can easily get overwhelmed with planning and deadlines. Here’s how I kept on top of everything:

1. Use a Planner!

规划师是一种简单的方法,以便保持截止日期,并以有序的方式保持你的生活。如果您不想在策划者上花钱,您可以在手机或电子邮件上使用日历。

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2. Check If You Need a Visa (Most Important Item!).

作为出国旅行的学生,检查是否需要签证是重要的。你发现的早期,你可以获得签证的更快!根据您正在学习/跨行的国家/地区,您可能需要签证,该过程可以在一个月到三个月到期的任何地方。此外,如果您是绿卡居民,请与东道国领事馆联系,因为您可能不需要签证!CAPA的节目经理也将帮助您解决此过程。

3. Find Funds for Your Program.

When preparing to study abroad, one of the first things I did was speak to my study abroad office at my school about funding opportunities. You can also speak to the financial aid office at your university. Usually, the study abroad office will have scholarships that are specifically for studying abroad, so be sure to check those out and apply early!

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4. Check to See If Your Study Abroad Program Has Internal Scholarship Opportunities.

Most study abroad programs will have internal scholarships to help students offset the cost of their program. CAPA has an abundance of funding opportunities for students. I applied to the CAPA need-based grant and the vlogger/blogger grants to help with the cost!

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5. Apply for Independent Scholarships.

In addition to funding opportunities at your university and study abroad program, there a ton of other scholarships you can apply to, such as the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship, just to name a few.

6.节省一些钱。

您将希望在海外留学体验中留出额外的额外资金。虽然您海外海外,可能存在预计您的意外费用或可能想要旅行。在国外,您还需要为食物,纪念品和潜在的衣服或其他物品提供资金。

7.确保您的家庭大学的一切都很好!

从经验中说话,当你在准备出国留学的中间时,你可能倾向于忘记你在校园里的职责。例如,如果您坐在任何俱乐部的任何执行委员会或参与研究中,请确保他们了解您的计划是很好的。在您离开海外留学计划之前,请务必查看您的学生顾问,财务援助办公室和您的留学办公室关于需要处理的任何最新项目!

8.通知您的银行您正在旅行。

准备出国留学可能是非常忙碌的,但你不想在海外,不能使用你的信用卡或借记卡。在您之前,请致电您的银行并告诉他们旅行的开始和结束日期,以防止您的卡被拒绝。如果您使用的是使用信用卡或借记卡,请确保检查并查看使用卡时是否存在任何费用。

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9. Research Your Host Country’s Culture and Customs.

花时间研究你正在学习/禁止的国家/地区,所以你有一个想到预期的想法。在您在家时,请跟上当前的事务和规则,以便在您到达您的主人城市时完全丢失。

10. Remember to Have Fun!

完成所有准备工作时,你们都包装并准备好了,记得玩得开心!您将培养的经验将对您的成年生活产生影响,并塑造您的未来。

Thanks, Michaela!

Michaela Clarke.

Michaela Clarke是一个官方远程CAPA Blogger,适用于Spring 2021,共享她的故事in frequent posts on CAPA World. A取证研究major from Florida Gulf Coast University, she is在都柏林远程留学和亚博app苹果版跨境本学期。

Michaela's journeycontinues all semester so stay tuned.

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