You’ve just started your Erasmus programme and you’re loving your first couple of weeks in your new city. Studying abroad is not just about studying and partying, it’s also the experience of a lifetime, where you will learn a lot of things that will help you in the future.
Here’s how to make your time abroad even more fun and productive.
1. Get a local SIM card
One of the first things you should do when you move to your new city, is to get a local SIM card. Although roaming fees are set to be abolished in the near future, they are currently still prohibitively expensive for anyone spending more than a few days away from home.
2. Learn the language of the country you’re in
Learning through immersion is the best way to learn a new language. Why not make the most of being fully immersed in the new country to learn its native language. Speaking another idiom is an investment in your future, and not just professionally.
3. Try the local food
As much as you might miss your mum’s Sunday roasts, you should take the opportunity to try the local gastronomy. Yes, some things may look a bit weird, or smell odd, but try them nonetheless! There’s a reason why they’re so popular locally, so it might just cater to your exquisite palate.
4. Avoid just hanging out with people from your home country
Let’s be honest here, living in a new country can often be easier to begin with if you just hang out with people with the same nationality as you. But by doing so, you’re not making the most of being in a different country, are you? Meet people from all over the world! After all, they’ll probably be much more interested in hearing about where you come from!
5. Make the most of your smartphone
Use all sorts of apps on your smartphones to further enhance your experience. Add your new friend on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, meet someone through Tinder – there are so many apps that can help you meet new people. Remember to keep in touch with your friends back home, though. Whatsapp and Skype are perfect for that!
6. Photograph and film as many events as possible
Every photo you take and video you make will be a long-lasting memory for when you go down nostalgia lane a few years down the road. You’ll be thankful you took so many pictures during your Erasmus semester! While you’re at it, why don’t you tag @Uniplaces on some of your Instagram pics?
7. Write about your adventure
Not every memory can be captured in images, so why not write a blog about your experience abroad? This way, you can also keep everyone back home up-to-date with what you’re up to. You could also write for our blog if you’re interested 😉
8. Spend your money wisely
Living away from home is great, but it’s usually more expensive than you expected. We’re not saying for you to hold back on your experience because of finances, but just make sure you spend your money sensibly. You don’t want to have to call your parents halfway through the month and cry your way into them sending you some more money, do you?
9. Travel around
You’re living in a new place, make the most of it. Travelling around your new country is a must. If you’ve already become friends with a local, even better! They’ll know the secret spots no one else knows about. Otherwise, gather a group of international students, book your train tickets (or just rent a car) and go for a roadtrip around your new country! Most courses will allow more than enough time for a few days away from home.
10. Party hard!
Last, but not least. Yes, of course we know that partying is also a big part of your study abroad experience. Make sure you go to a huge amount of parties: pub crawls, barbecues, karaoke, everything.
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