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Studying abroad can be the opportunity of a lifetime, but it can also be a bit stressful being in a new country surrounded by strangers. So, download these apps to help get the most out of your travels to a new country.
Studying abroad can be a crazy adventure, no matter where you end up going to study. From insane travel stories to a more diverse education, the opportunity to have adventures will be endless. However, despite all of the stories you hear from people who have studied abroad, there will be a bit of homesickness or just straight loneliness. In cases where you are feeling a little down, it helps to be able to reach out to friends and family back home, and this is where downloading a reliable messaging app that works over wifi will come in handy. The best messaging app for students studying abroad will have several different features. The first requirement is you want to be able to use your old number. Therefore, apps like WhatsApp or Telegram will let the people message you use your actual phone number, which makes getting your contact info out to family and friends much more manageable. The second feature you'll want from the messaging app you choose is the ability to make calls using Wi-fi. The ability to call over Wi-fi will make contacting friends and family much easier, and save you the hassle from trying to Skype with a bad connection.
Once you get to the country where you are studying abroad, whether it be Italy or the Czech Republic, time is going to start to fly by, and before you know it, you will be studying for your final exams. Because of the new environment and the insane amount of opportunities available, it is incredibly important to stay on top of your classes and budget. If you wing your budget, you'll be out of money in a flash, and if you wing your class schedule, you'll find yourself taking a test where you don't even recognize the words in the problem: the joys of being an international student. So, to make a budget, download a personal finance app. The best financial app will help you calculate your daily budget for your time abroad, by adding together your financial aid, scholarships, and savings and then dividing by the length of your stay. Once you know your daily budget, the app will track your spending so you can make sure you stick to your budget. To stay organized, download a to-do list app. These apps are a great way to keep on top of an upcoming deadline. Just enter the deadline into your new app as soon as a teacher announces it in class, and you'll never miss another assignment just because you forget about the deadline. By staying organized and on budget during your stent abroad, you'll have more fun and be smarter at the end of your stay, despite your best efforts to kill your remaining brain cells through "extracurricular" activities.
The hardest part about studying abroad can be meeting new people, but most programs do a good job of introducing you to other students in the first week. However, if you are worried about making friends, download an app like Couchsurfing or join Facebook event pages and you'll find some like-minded college individuals in no time.
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