I’ve talked to many students who ask me if a study abroad in Hong Kong program is worth it. My answer to every one of them is an astounding yes. Even if the standard of education in your current school or university is excellent, it still can’t compare to the educational experience a student will enjoy when they study abroad in Asia.
A study abroad South Korea program is a fun yet amazing experience. So many students dream of leaving the country, but a study abroad Asia program is your chance to just that. However, these programs are more than getting on an airplane and arriving.
Here are a few pieces of advice you should think about before signing up to study abroad Hong Kong:
Your visas, passports and official documentation – It doesn’t matter if you are part of a study abroad Asia program or signing up for a school-sponsored exchange program, you will need a valid passport as well as specific documents mandatory for certain countries. I recommend visiting the U.S. Department of State’s travel portal for a list of documents you’ll need in order to study abroad in Asia. It’s a good idea to apply as early as possible for a visa if you don’t have one already.
Currency exchange rate – It doesn’t matter where you are going to study abroad in Asia. You better know what type of cash you’ll need. Look up the exchange rate for that specific country and try to get a basic understand of what their currency is worth compared to the U.S. dollar.
Stay safe – Be sure to check out the U.S. Department of State’s list of travel warnings for Americans abroad. It provides information about potential threats to Americans overseas. True, you won’t need to worry to much when you study abroad in Hong Kong but you still don’t want to wander in or near an unsafe area. My rule of thumb is to avoid any political demonstrations while you study abroad in Asia, even if your inner activist aches.
Living arrangement – I know a study abroad Asia program takes up a lot of your free time with classes or a enjoying a fun night out on the town, but you’re still going to need somewhere to sleep at night. Some schools provide residence halls, but pay attention to their rules and restrictions. In some instances, you’ll be staying with a host family. Pick a dictionary and maybe learn a few of their some basic phrases and sayings before you study abroad South Korea.
Keep in touch with family – You’re going to want to stay in close contact with your family and friends during your time study abroad Korea and sometimes e-mail just doesn’t cut it. Talk to your school or search online for international cell phones and plans. Before you leave find out if your cellphone can be used overseas and what types of fees will be charged.