There is no better way to widen your prospective and understand the essence of human existence than travelling to distant lands and experiencing the cultures and traditions of other civilizations. By travelling we learn how trivial portion of the world our existence possesses and how ignorant we are in our mental interpretations and thoughts. Studying in abroad is a tool to squeeze this wide spread world into your mental faculty and to unlock your maximum potential through comprehending this experience. But nothing so valuable as studying in abroad has cheap price. Studying in abroad is dream of many but obviously financially privileged individuals have better chance of getting. But the good news is, you can still plan to study abroad on a limited budget if you follow rights steps and use proper procedure. By following steps you can arrange your study abroad trip on limited budget:
1. Exploring Scholarship Programmes:
There are many scholarship opportunities today that have ever been before. The eligibility criterion of scholarships also differ from one another, obviously all scholarship programmes are designed to aid students with academically excellent records, but there are certain other scholarship programmes that are designed for students with leadership qualities such as ERASMUS+, and there are scholarship programmes that judge capabilities of students through motivation letter and interview such as Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship programme. All you have to explore the scholarship opportunities offered to national’s of your country by foreign and national governments or organizations and apply for the one whose eligibility criterion you meet. Apply for multiple scholarships at a time and don’t be afraid to try your luck.
2. Choose a Country Where Tuition Fee is Either Low Cost or Totally Exempted:
Based on your nationality there will be many foreign countries that offer low cost tuition fee or fee exemption. If you have limited budget, then most of the European countries, America, Australia is not for you on self financed study basis. You have to search for the located where tuition fee is affordable such as: China, Peru, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa and so on. All you have do thorough and careful exploration of locations and there universities.
3. Find an Inexpensive Study Program:
The tuition fee of universities varies from program to program. Make sure your search include comparing the tuition fee for each study programme. Choose the programme that interests you and also suits your budget. Check the curriculum of study programme carefully and be attentive which subjects and extra charges are included because once you commit to it you can’t reclaim your fee and all you will have to do is pay for it or back out in the middle.
4. Find Out If Your Home University Offers Financial Aid or Funding:
The internationally acclaimed universities located in any country have partnerships and collaborative relationships with foreign universities. Find out the university in which you are currently enrolled has any partnership or agreement of exchange study programmes with universities in abroad. If it has, then you can apply for fee waiver or funding or apply for an exchange programme to study in abroad at Partner University of your home university for a year or two.
5. Mandatory Preparations:
Inclusive knowledge about living expenses in abroad is the key step of study abroad preparations. There is a possibility that the country where tuition fee is low cost but living expenses are high. Make sure you have done your research well before picking a study abroad destination. Check if the country you choose offers part time working permission because if it allows then you will have massive financial support throughout your study abroad duration. Before you travel, explore the cheap cost accommodation options and travel fares. Based on your budget, make a monthly plan and stick to it no matter what! This way you will not be troubled about debt during your stay abroad.
6. Students Cards and Student Concessions:
Yes! there is a thing called student card and student concession. Don’t ever be shy when you travel around in local public transports to ask for a student discount. In fact the university’s student card granted to you can save an exceptional amount of money from your day to day expenses, you can have transport concession, parking concession, entry fee concession on visiting spots and even food concession from restaurants.
7. Taking Guidance from Locals:
When you are in abroad always acquire information about local rates and options from the locals. Having camaraderie with local students while in abroad will not only enhance your experience but also save you from trouble of spending more money on commodities and accommodation. Since the locals are more familiar regarding affordable super markets and shopping places of their area, they will let you know the nearest route to every locality from your residence and most importantly they can help you with currency exchange confusion.
8. There is No Shame in Browsing Free Tourist Spots:
You are a student and students don’t usually have extravagant budget and you must not be ashamed to admit. Don’t be influenced by peer pressure and avoid indulging in any activity that consumes your hard earned money and valuable time because all others are doing it. Maximize your study abroad experience by visiting free entry tourist spots or tourist spots that offer student entry concession and make most of your time. Rather than spending extensive amounts on visiting adventure spots and expensive tickets, it is best to pay visit to historical sites, museums and parks.