Hello, my name is Armani and in less than 24 hours I will be on a flight to study abroad in Japan! The months leading up to this moment have been very hectic with all of the commitments that I have. Juggling work, school, and social life while trying to get through the study abroad application process has been tough but worth it. That’s why I’d like to use this time to share some tips that I think will help anyone looking to study abroad in the future and three quick tips to help people who have already been accepted into a study abroad program. With that being said, let’s begin!
Tip #1 Start the Study Abroad Application Process ASAP
One of the most important things that you must do is apply as soon as you think you might be interested in studying abroad. The reason for this is because there are going be a lot of forms that cannot be completed in just a week. Some of the things that took me a long time to complete were the medical paperwork and of course finding professors to write you a letter of recommendation. The faster you get this out of the way, the better!
Tip #2 Apply for Scholarships
One of the main concerns of most students seeking to study abroad is finding the funds needed to study abroad. Many students don’t realize that applying for scholarships is a viable option because they believe that they won’t be chosen to receive the scholarship. I used to think this as well until I applied and received the Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is a grant that allows students demonstrating financial need. The amount that you can be awarded is up to $5,000 to $8,000! I would highly recommend that you try and apply even if you think you might not get it.
Tip #3 Create a Checklist
One of the most annoying feelings is forgetting to pack something important and only realizing once you’ve reached the airport. A simple tip is to make a detailed checklist of what you know you’ll definitely want to bring. I recommend making sub categories like “electronics” or “clothes” so that you can finish you checklist in small chunks.