Experimenting with other cultures and testing their skills against new methods or ways of thinking is often the goal of those who study abroad. Whether in Europe or much further on the planet, internationalizing your course is an excellent way to acquire new skills and master a new language which can be decisive for obtaining a position of responsibility.
However, if the motivations for this kind of project are expressed quite spontaneously, the modalities for carrying them out are often much less obvious and raise a lot of questions on the part of the students.
How to Finance this Stay?
The first question that often poses a problem is funding. Indeed, a year abroad is often expensive, and students do not necessarily have the necessary funds to advance their costs and anticipate unforeseen events.
Note that there are many aids to help students internationalize their course: from the classic Erasmus program and its allocation of the same name to other mobility aids provided by public bodies (regional councils, ministries, and sponsors), through grants from private organizations and foundations. There are many solutions to organize and finance your stay abroad without too much difficulty. Take your time to determine the right program in the country you plan to visit.
When to Do It?
The question of the best time to do it can also seem delicate because the answer very often differs from one individual to another and according to the nature of the project. It can be done just after the baccalaureate or much later in the course, depending on the project’s motivations. No solution can be established as the best in absolute terms, but what is very important is to do it when you are ready and clearly determined to give up for a minimum period of one semester to a recommended period of about a year, to relatives and friends.
If it is done too early and without having properly measured the consequences of this decision, the adventure can quickly turn into a nightmare and become a very negative experience, but there again, there are no rules, some are ready to 18 years, and others need to study extensively before embarking on such an adventure.
Which Destination to Choose and Depending on What?
The destination is often the other headache for applicants to stay abroad, even if English and Spanish collect many votes. English-speaking and Spanish-speaking destinations are often preferred by students who want to take advantage of this linguistic advantage. Other destinations (with other less common languages) can also become interesting as long as you study in a particular specialty. The country is well ranked in the study of this specialty.
The question of the destination also stems from its own relationship and its affinities, its interest in the culture of the destination. Indeed if the language is the only motivation for the stay, you will not fully benefit from the benefits of this stay.