1. Student housing
When studying in an unfamiliar country, it’s important to feel both comfortable and secure. The student housing office may provide you with a variety of housing options, such as apartments or residence halls. Examine each housing option, and decide which best suits your needs.
2. The diversity and inclusion office
When studying abroad, you are exposed to many different cultural norms. While it’s wonderful to be open to the local culture, you may also find yourself in uncomfortable situations. Your campus diversity and inclusion office can help you find resources and determine a strategy for addressing any concerns that may arise during your stay.
3. Student health and counseling services
No one wants to feel unwell while away from home. Student health and counseling services can assist you with any minor medical problems you may face, as well as provide support if you’re feeling homesick or experiencing other concerns. In addition, health services may be able to provide resources if you have mobility or visual impairments. Research this department to determine all available areas of assistance.
4. The financial aid office
The financial aid office can be a great resource if you encounter financial concerns while studying abroad. You can speak with an advisor about any questions you may have regarding visas, tax concerns if you will be earning money while abroad, student fees you may have to pay, international health insurance costs, budgeting, and banking or access to your money.
5. The campus library
The campus library can offer you a place to study, research, and improve necessary skills. If you find yourself struggling with projects, or simply want to learn more about the country or culture you are visiting, the campus library will have your answers. Before leaving for your trip, see if the school’s library has a presence online and if so, what types of resources they offer international students. Also remember that your home campus’ library may have an online database that you can reference while abroad as well.
Learning in another country has unique benefits and challenges. The services available to you courtesy of your host campus can give you the tools to meet those challenges and position yourself for a successful study abroad experience.
Niki Bridges is a contributing writer for UniversityTutor.com, the world’s largest global marketplace for finding independent tutors.