17 Aug 2016

3 Ways to Travel the World While Studying

If you have caught the wanderlust bug and want to travel the world, then you might like to seize the opportunity while studying. This is the best time to travel as you need not worry about the complexities of working life - annual leave, project deadlines or job security. You have the freedom to explore, absorb the sights and sounds of an entirely new place and its culture.

So how do you maximise these 4 years of student life while embracing the globetrotting nomad in you? Here are 3 ways to make the best use of your time.

Spend a Semester Studying Abroad
Some universities provide students the option to study in an affiliated university, half way around the world. Take the National University of Singapore (NUS) for an example, their students have the option and are encouraged to pursue a semester overseas. However, this does not mean that any overseas university would do, they have to be credible and approved by the university.

If you find yourself in a fix and unsure of the proper procedures, speak to your school councillor or advisor. They would be the best guide to the options available and the administrative steps required to make this possible.

Volunteer in Charity Projects
Seize the opportunity to visit 2nd or 3rd world countries like Cambodia, Thailand or even Costa Rica, and experience local life through volunteerism. Currently a wide variety of causes are available, from animal rescue to children welfare and impoverished families. The two main ways to get involved would be through your school’s charity groups or applying directly to international organisations. The duration depends mostly on the cause you are volunteering for – that being said, most organisations will welcome any help they are offered.

This is probably one of the best ways to accumulate working experience and experience new cultures while travelling. Due to globalisation, overseas internships are slowly proving to bring in better job prospects in the long run especially if your preference is towards foreign MNCs.

Pursuing an overseas internship shows that you are not afraid of professional challenges, and are able to adapt to unfamiliar environments or cultures. These are the qualities most interviewers are looking for and you might even want to use your overseas internship experience as a way to impress your interviewers at an interview. Not to mention, such internships will pave the way to a broader web of international contacts, which you may need to leverage on later in your career.  

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