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12 Things Every Student Needs To Know About London

on Apr 28, 2015

People across the globe would love to land in London for various reasons. Some for adventure, others for studies, business ventures and for those who love sports, we have The London Marathon. If you are a student from abroad who has decided to study in London, congratulation for making it to the largest city in the United Kingdom. You have just landed in one of the cities with the most reputable learning institutions in the world. Whether you made it by means of a scholarship or even from your own pockets, as a student from abroad, there are some things you need to understand about London. Let’s first welcome you once again to the city in the world that never sleeps.   London’s transportation Once you have landed in London, you need to know how to navigate through this city. Ensure your Oyster card is always with you. The card saves you some significant amount of pennies, and you can get one from any of the tube stations around London. With the Oyster card, your daily transportation gets sorted. About Internet connectivity As a student, you might require a lot of research done. In this city, you get internet for free as most of the areas including pubs and cafes have Wi-Fi access. Just buy a cup of coffee or beer and access the internet.   About the English language You are in London the home of English Language and in case English isn’t your language as a student from abroad, I don’t want to lie to you that you will have a smooth time. You are likely to face social and survival problems. Get some time and enrol for a Free English Lesson.   Become mobile and get a free SIM card We understand that you want to keep in constant contact with your family and friends back home. However, in the event you are going to use your home network, it is going to be expensive. Get yourself a UK SIM for cheaper services.   Try to find a job As a student in London, life can be a bit expensive especially when you don’t have any source of income. Once you land in London, try to get either a full-time or part-time job that will keep you going. However, be sure you have filled all the necessary documentation so as not to find yourself on the bad side of the law.   Get yourself a bank account Since you are going to stay here for a number of months or years during your study time, do yourself some favors and open a British account. Most money transactions are likely to be done through banks and without an account, it might be practically impossible to survive here.   London life is expensive Once you have landed here, this is what most people will tell you and you, therefore, have to save some money for a smooth survival in London. Always ensure you have some money saved before going out since you will always find yourself spending much more money than that you had planned to spend.   Always have your student ID By showing your student card here, you might get discounts at clubs, restaurants, and retail stores. It is good for helping you save a few pennies.   Be a tourist, it’s not a crime Though you are a student here, you are not prohibited from touring London. It has a history that dates back to over 2000 years. London has great attraction sights and parks, and most of them are free and where there’s a charge, use your student card to get a discount.   Always take advantage of trips sponsored by the school With these trips, you will get the opportunity to tour places and areas that you might never have access to as an individual and more so as a student.   Understand London’s weather pattern A rainy London might be considered probably as the most miserable place on earth. Therefore, unless it’s a must duty to go out, or the rains caught you while you were out, don’t go out when it rains. However, a sunny London is likely to be the greatest place on earth. You will enjoy the outing and will love to spend more time out.   Get a life and live it As a student from abroad, you might not have friends to spend your time with in London. Don’t let that one deny you the chance to meet and make friends. Make use Meetup Groups in London which are excellent website-network made up of local...

The 7 Most Unique Places to Study and Live Abroad

on Apr 28, 2015

Studying abroad gives the students a unique opportunity to explore a foreign country, meet new people, exchange cultural habits and enhance the academic potential. The idea of studying abroad is always appealing but if you are looking for destinations other than France, United States and Germany then you should glance through this list for an overview of unusual places that has some appeal for the students. Israel Though the country is relatively small in size, it does boast of a great culture. Israel is well developed and boasts of popular tourist destinations like Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. The country is very safe and affordable and it has the 2nd most educated population in the world. The universities conduct bachelors, masters and doctoral programs but a majority of the international students participate in special semesters only. Karachi, Pakistan The Institute of Business Management in Karachi is a leading international institute that imparts education in entrepreneurship, leadership and management. Karachi is a great tourist attraction for its beautiful beaches and historic architecture. The students at the Institutes of Karachi have easy access top world class learning facilities and resources. Switzerland Switzerland offers an alternative to other destinations in Europe and is a must-go for students who to undergo a course in hospitality management. The nation offers good opportunities for speakers of French, German and Italian thanks to the location and status of the country. Needless to say, this is one of the safest countries in the world though the cost of living can burn a hole in your pocket. Cuba Cuba is an intriguing destination as study abroad option but the country welcomes all including Americans. There are no pre-requisites but it helps a lot if you have a working knowledge of Spanish. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to study Cuban culture, cinema and language without any need to sneak around US customs. Some of the programs have US accreditation through Marist College, NY. Mauritius Studying in Mauritius can be a life-changing experience. The small island boasts of peace-loving people, beautiful scenery and a lovely blend of European and African cultures. English is widely accepted but French is also widely used. The country offer hundreds of courses and the country is widely regarded as the intellectual hub of the Indian Ocean. The cost of living is also low along with free health care services and public transportation for students. Bayung, Indonesia Bayung is one of the most stunning locations in the world. The Udayana University in Bayung gives the international students an opportunity to do a semester in this beautiful place. This is the largest and the most renowned university and it boasts of as many as 11 faculties. Students usually come here to study business, law, languages, economics, and tourism among others. Bayung is also known for its white sandy beaches and a remarkable local culture. Dubai, UAE Dubai is blessed with loads of money, oil, lavishness and an up-coming educational structure. It is interesting to note that a number of US universities are opening campuses in Dubai making it an attractive place to study and live. Dubai is very safe and cost-effective...

Study Abroad Packing Tips: What to Pack

on Apr 28, 2015

Studying abroad is one of those experiences that every college student should strive for. It expands your worldview, gives you the opportunity to meet a variety of new people, and it gives you the chance to experience a new place as someone who lives there rather than as a short term tourist. The biggest mistake that people tend to make when studying abroad is packing too many unnecessary items. The key to packing successfully for a semester abroad is to pack light on the way there so you have room on the way home for the souvenirs you’ll pick up during your stay. Here is a list of the basics you need to survive your semester abroad. Clothes When it comes to clothing you only want to bring the basics because being in another country gives you the opportunity to find fashions that you can’t get in your home country, plus, it’s fun to shop in a new place. By packing a minimal wardrobe you can easily add to it wherever you’re studying and then you’ll be able to dress like the locals. 3 solid t-shirts, by sticking with solid colors or neutral patterns such as stripes you can accessorize easily and pair these shirts with any bottoms. 3 bottoms, for men this includes a pair of casual shorts, nice jeans, and dress pants. For women you could bring a neutral skirt instead of dress pants. 2 shoes, one pair of comfortable walking shoes and one pair to dress up and go out in. 1 light jacket and 1 heavier jacket/rain jacket because you never know when the weather is going to turn and jackets are definitely more spendy than other types of clothing so you most likely will not want to buy one while abroad. For women, a few favorite pieces of jewelry and a scarf to accessorize with. If you enjoy wearing them a pair of sunglasses and a hat can be great for sunny days walking around exploring your new city. Toiletries With toiletries stick to the travel size ones that are allowed through TSA checkpoints, you can easily pick up any toiletries you need no matter where you’re studying and it isn’t worth the extra suitcase space to bring full size shampoos and body wash. The only type of toiletry item you’ll want to be sure to pack is make up if you’re very loyal to a certain brand because you may not be able to find the exact eye shadow or mascara you’re accustomed to overseas.   The other stuff You’ll need your passport, drivers license or state id, credit cards, debit cards, and your bank information in case something happens and you need to get in touch with your bank to get your money. As far as electronics go try to stick to the basics, a cell phone, a computer or tablet, and a camera if your phone isn’t up to the task. With your electronics it’s important to have all the cords, batteries, and an adapter so you can actually charge everything. All of this should easily fit into a carry on and if there’s room and you have another carry on bag that folds up small you can pack that as well so you have space on the flight home for all the awesome clothes and souvenirs you’ll pick up during your semester...

5 Things Every Student Needs To Know About Melbourne

on Apr 28, 2015

Your experience as a foreign student in Melbourne will of course not be what you expect no matter how much you pore over those travel books and magazines about Melbourne. You can always ask other students who are studying there countless questions about what it is like and would feel like you are ready and armed with the right information to live in Melbourne. However, there are always going to be those things you can never prepare for, your need for pre-departure answers will of course be insatiable. To help you along, outlined below are five things every student should know about Melbourne before making that trip.   Travel light If you don’t want to go through the embarrassing episode of repacking your luggage at the airport check-in counter, then by all means travel light. The truth is you are not going to a third world country where everything is unavailable or expensive. Everything you are likely to need can be found there. Things such as electronics go for a cheaper price. CDs, DVDs, gadgets, cooking appliances and so on are actually cheaper there. So leave the blender, rice cooker, coffee maker, toaster and so on at home. Carry only the essentials.   Never bring food to Australia You might want to pack in your mother’s or grandmother’s soup that you love so much, or that grounded flour that has a variety of ingredients with a flavor that you love, but think again. Australia is one of those countries that are notorious about restricting food stuffs from getting into the country. The customs officer at the airport is highly likely to confiscate all your food stuffs. This is because like stated earlier, you will find what you need in Melbourne. In fact you are highly likely to find better food there than the one you are used to back home. So as much as you want a bit of home with you, it is probably wise to let yourself explore the Australian cuisine, you will love it.   The transit The transit in Melbourne is amazingly extensive and you can hop on and off by simply using a swipe-able card. This will help you move from one side of the city to the other. However if you have a knack for late nights out, you better get home no later than 12 midnight because that is when transit stops. If you are late, you will have to take a cab or to simply avoid all the inconvenience by renting a car in advance to enable you move around if you can afford it. If you can’t you will have to get home before twelve or simply tread home on foot.   The weather The notion that it is always sunny in Australia is wrong and if you believe that you are in for a shocker. Pack your raincoat and always take it with you when you go out because it might pour any minute. It rains frequently and at any time of day so always be prepared with your raincoat to avoid getting soaked.   You need to have fun! Of course you are going overseas; to Melbourne to get an education and study hard. However, all work and no play will no doubt make you dull. Consider your time in Melbourne as a huge study/holiday opportunity. Remember traveling will give you new experiences which will broaden your mind. So go out and explore the city, sample the nightlife, do some sight seeing around the country. Go on a road trip at least once around outback Australia with your friends, a weekend will be enough. Don’t spend your time cooped up in your room studying, simply use your time to explore the city of Melbourne and beyond....

5 Places Every Student Need To Visit While In Sydney

on Apr 28, 2015

Sydney, the 5th most expensive city of the world and one of Australia’s largest cities, capital of New South Wales, is one of the most sort-after tourist destination. Apart from tourism, Sydney is great place for those students who want to study abroad for their higher studies. The city offers good universities, giving students a chance to study and enjoy life at the same time. And what else does a student want! A place to roam and enjoy! It is like getting a lottery ticket to Wonderland. The weather, the beaches attract thousands and thousands of tourists every year. Sydney has many wonderful destinations to offer, where one can go and spend time. The places that I am going to mention, believe me are ones that no one should miss. The Sydney Opera House The biggest attraction of Sydney. This is one of the unique man-made architectural designs that you cannot miss. It was designed by a Danish Architecture, Jorn Utzon and no wonder he won the highest award in the architecture world, the Pritzker Prize. This building has been named as one of the world iconic building of 20th century.   Sydney Botanical Garden The Botanical gardens provide a good view of the harbour and help you roam around in the nature! And I think it is a good place to bring your friends to, where you can spend some good time with them away from the crowded roads of Sydney and enjoy the beauty of nature. You also get to see birds like cockatoos and the lazy sleeping flying fox. I really have no idea why they are called by that name! Why can’t they simply call it a bat, a fruit eating bat! Anyways, love nature? Don’t miss this place.   The Blue Mountains Another place for nature lovers as well for not-so nature lovers is the Blue Mountains. These mountains get the name because of the distinctive blue haze that is formed there. If you are lucky enough to go there on a clear day, you will get to see the beautiful blue haze that is formed and believe it a sight worth seeing. Oh! And don’t forget to see the Three Sisters and the Wentworth Falls. They really need to be seen to believe.   Bondi Beach A fool would miss going to this beach. The most famous beach of Sydney, it has been rated as one of the best beaches of Australia and hands down, they have rated it well. Situated close to the suburbs of Sydney, this beach has the clearest water and great sand to spend your time away from the crowded city. Chill out! Relax here with your friends. You may find the place crowded so what! Enjoy that too, do some ‘people-watching’!   SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium This place is awesome! It gives you the experience of underwater life. You can walk under the water and experience the rich aquatic life. They have fishes from fresh water, salt water, cold and tropical. And yes, don’t miss the seal show! It is...