Tips While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad doesn’t only mean opting for the best university. It’s indeed a big challenge which compromises of leaving home, traveling to the new place, accepting foreign culture, making new friends, studies-exams, huge expenses, fun, a new life altogether. Many students take up this challenge with a ‘dream comes true’ approach. But if things aren’t planned well your dreams could break before they were met.

Here are few basic yet interesting tips to help you plan better while studying abroad.

Research:

Gather information and read stuff about the overseas location where you would be residing during your study. Before you leave, make several international phone calls to grab enough information from your friends about expenses, luggage, study material, eat-outs, etc. Do study a little about the foreign culture so you too can participate with your foreign pals once you are there. Check the news and read local newspapers to teach yourself about the current affairs, laws and advice while you are there. And if you are a travel lover, a travel book could guide you to visit the best monuments, transportation, restaurants, etc of the town.

Communication:

Firstly get to know the reasonable communication methods abroad and then make a choice. Keeping touch with family and friends is something you cannot afford to skip once you leave. VOIP options are these days one of the widely used methods. Skype is a great choice if you have your computer and internet connection at your finger tips. If you want to make several local calls, a cell phone plan could be useful while sometimes landline rates can be quite reasonable depending on the country. Some phone call plans even offer you the benefit of free calls, gifts, and discounts. Make sure you chose the right method that could help you save better.

Stay Safe:

Keep your passport, visa and other important documents safely in another bag; never pile it with your luggage. This would help you to present it whenever needed to official persons. Your University ID could act as an identity for you, specially so that you don’t look like a foreigner to strangers. Be certain about your friend circle, as some could get you into bad habits. Take behavioral cues from locals, about dressing style, local rules and morals. Also, check out for hygienic yet reasonable eat-out joints to keep yourself healthy.

Share Pictures:

Studying abroad is also a matter of pain to stay away from loved ones but you could share your memories to bring them a smile. Make sure you click special moments around your campus, friends, parties, work, etc. and keep sharing all of these with your folks back home. You could probably upload your albums on social sites or use photo sharing websites flickr.com which could let you to organize your photos, without occupying the space of your hard drive.

 

International exchange program – Case study of Leeds

Moving to a new city such as Leeds is a big change for any student, so knowing where to socialise is important to settle into the area and get to know your fellow students.

As such, we’ve created a great guide to the best places to drink in Leeds from local pubs to the best clubs.

Leeds is a hidden gem in England that’s a great place to live as a student. Of course, you probably need to consider where you’re going to live in Leeds before you go and study there. For the best student experience in Leeds you should look into city centre flats so you’re within throwing distance of this buzzing, metropolitan city.

Our recommended local pubs include:

Calls Landing

This modern bar overlooks the serene waters of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The relaxed atmosphere makes this bar a great place to kick back after a day of lectures and sip a cool   drink in the beer garden as the sun sets.

36-38 The Calls

Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7EW

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Aire Bar

Located in the fashionable area of Leeds, The Calls, Aire Bar is a wonderful place for a quiet pint or a sumptuous dining experience.

Sparrow Wharfe

32 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW

Bar Risa

Sitting right in the buzzing heart of Leeds City Centre, Bar Risa is a venue that caters for everyone. During the day, you can relax with a quiet drink and at night the place comes alive as one of the most popular Leeds hotspots.

The Cube, Albion Steet

Leeds, LS2 8ER

Sandinista

If you’re looking for something more exotic than your usual pub experience, this Latin bar is the place to be. Dine on the tapas menu and drink cocktails while listening to live music and DJs.

5/5a Cross Belgrave Street

Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8JP

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You should also consider these popular clubs in Leeds:

Creation

First opened as a music venue in 1885 by Prince Albert, Creation has evolved into a place to eat, drink and party the night away.

55 Cookridge Street,

Leeds, LS2 3AW

Fab Café

The world’s first pop-culture club where you can grab a beer, play some retro videogames and get down on the dance floor. There aren’t many places where you’re greeted by a Han Solo frozen in carbonite on the way inside.

46 Woodhouse Lane,

Leeds, LS2 8PL

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Oceana

One of the most popular clubs in the city and a guaranteed great night out. With multiple floors catering for a range of musical tastes, Oceana is a swish and stylish place to spend your Saturday nights.

16-18 Woodhouse Lane

Leeds, LS2 8LX

The Mint Club

After a £500,000 refurbishment, The Mint Club has become the cutting edge of clubbing. The incredible Disco Panel lighting system is the first in England, creating a party atmosphere like no other.

8a Harrison Street

Leeds, LS1 6PA

There are so many different genres of music to sample (house, R&B, pop rock among others) as Leeds is full of great venues and you will surrounded by people who know how to party!

Finally, take the opportunity to meet new people and have fun! This will be a memorable experience! Enjoy! You won’t regret it…