If you are almost at the end of your 3rd semester, you must already be planning for the exams and deadlines looming ahead on the horizon. However, do not develop a tunnel vision about your exam and disregard the opportunities waiting further head. You need to plan especially if you are thinking about studying abroad. It might seem like a monumental decision, but taking small steps in the right direction can help organize your path towards your dream year in a different country.
Have a clear sense of why
It is important to be aware of why you want to take this step. It will help you choose your options more focally if you keep the ‘why’ in the back of your mind the whole time you are organizing the process. Do you want to go abroad to absorb a new culture and learn new languages? Are you looking at this move as a means to highlighting your resume amongst the crowds? Are you looking to make new friends and look for career opportunities in a new country? Once you know why, take every new step with the sole purpose of staying true to your reason.
Find important programs that can help you
Talk to your careers service department to learn about institutions around the globe that have a partnership with your University. FOR EU residents, you can also look for your chances via an established program that offers students a chance of paid/voluntary internships and a chance to complete their studies in renowned universities around Europe. Eramus+ is one such program that also has a grant option that can fund a major portion of your trip, reducing your financial strain.
Research and a sensible game plan
If you are serious about taking the trip abroad for studying, your last year in a different country, extensive research will help you know all of your options and make a sound strategy. Also, if you are a NON EU resident, there is a very high chance that you will not get financial funding from grants reserved for EU residents. It is wiser to plan a financial strategy to save part of the finance you will need for this move.