Everything You Need to Know About Going on a Student Exchange
Making the decision of going on a student exchange is not easy. We need to be responsible with the planning of this challenge.
In order to avoid any problems or surprises that may ruin your experience, it is necessary to be informed of all the details, from the weather of your destination to some of the documents you will need.
Where Should I Go for my Exchange?
Once you have decided the destination of your exchange, it is important to do some research on the place; from its traditions and customs to its weather, so you can pack adequate clothes.
On the other hand, we suggest you investigate the safe and unsafe areas of the country you chose, since there are always areas that it’s best to avoid.
Evaluate Expenses and How Much Money You Will Need
Going on exchange implies various expenses. It is good to plan and to be organized beforehand in terms of what you’ll be spending your money on, like food, accommodation, outings, etc. Here you can find a guide to help you plan.
Language: At Least Some Basic Skills
It’s important that you can communicate in the language of the country you chose. It’s not about being an expert because you’ll learn during your stay, but it’s good to know some basic terms so you’re able to communicate with locals when you first arrive.
Documentation: All the Necessary Paperwork
You must be informed about each and every document that is required to go on exchange, from the documents that are required by the university you’ve chosen to the ones the country asks of you to enter: passport, visa, ID, among others (this will always vary according to your destination, so you must do your research).
New School and Subjects
Do some research on the school where you’ll study, the methodologies they use, how demanding it is, type of programs that they teach, and above all, the type of evaluations. This last point is key, since this place will be your home away from home during your exchange.
Finally, it’s always good to consider the experiences of other people that have gone on exchange to other countries, so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.