Studying abroad is exciting, you get to experience living in a brand new country as you work towards your qualification. However, it can also be daunting – a new culture, different language and a new way of life can take a while to get used to.
However, there are some apps that will make the transition much easier. Here are just a few that you might like to start downloading:
Google is a giant that has taken over our world. Lucky for us, only in a good way. It keeps researching and launching every tech that we can possibly imagine. From the world’s most powerful search engine to mapping every road and slum in the road, Google has never disappointed us. With so much to offer the world, how could it leave the education sector behind? Its product Google translate is the most perfect translator application in the world. You can use it to translate any language to your mother tongue.
You may be concerned about how you will communicate when you arrive in your new country if you aren’t fluent in the language. Trying to explain something or asking a question and not being able to find the words you need to say it, can be frustrating. Likewise, you may find it tricky to understand what someone is trying to tell you. Google Translate is the perfect app to pull up when you need it, you can type in the exact word or phrase you require and it can translate between English and more than 100 languages. This is also useful if you are writing or trying to understand the text.
While Google Translate will help you to communicate as and when you need it, this app will enable you to start actually learning the language so after a while you won’t need to translate phrases at all. Choose from more than 30 languages and then it’ll take just 34 hours to complete the equivalent of one semester at university.
Don’t worry about fitting it around your studies – you can do it as and when you have time. It won’t feel like a chore, it’s fun and easy, to make learning as simple as possible. Plus, it will adapt to your learning style and become tailored to you.
Flight comparison tool
Whichever country you are based in, you’ll no doubt want to come home from time to time to visit friends and family. Likewise, especially if you are on the other side of the world, you may want to use the opportunity to visit the surrounding countries during your holidays.
However, while studying you’ll no doubt be watching the pennies. This is why you want to make sure you get the best deal on flights. Kayak is a handy example of a flight scanner service that you’ll want to keep at your fingertips so you can find the best price. You’ll also be able to see your travel plans and alerts about the status of your flight.
Moving anywhere can be hard when you leave behind friendships and need to form new ones – especially if you struggle to. You’ll no doubt meet people on your course but if you want to ensure you make friends, Bumble BFF is a great place to start.
Rather than swiping to find a date – which you can do too, if you wish – you can create friendships with like-minded people by chatting online before meeting in person. It could be someone you can have a natter with over coffee or perhaps some who shares your interest – which you can do together.
As well as finding friends in your new area, you need to be able to find the nearest amenities. This will update as you move around your local area and outside of it too. This includes bars and restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, theatres, banks, petrol stations and taxis. You can see this as a list and as a map, ensuring you don’t feel lost – even on the first day that you arrive.
These were some of the most famous and useful apps that we knew about. Are there any other apps you think exchange students should be aware of? So, which apps are you going to download?