Whilst studying abroad is an exciting prospect, it is important to keep in touch with friends and family back at home. You may be a million miles away, but this doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch, or see your friends and family whenever you want.
Key Technology Items
The internet is the number one thing you need to look into. You should check this out before you move, take a look to see if they have Wi-Fi or if you will need to look further into having internet access. There are also a few other inexpensive items which would also be worth looking into. If you simply want to hear a friendly voice every once in a while, worldwide mobile phone service is another feature you may want to consider. Remember to make sure that the mobile phone you use at home can be used in your new country, even if it means your minutes cost a pound, a dollar, a euro a minute, it is still a good idea to keep it close.
The Viber app allows you to make free calls and send free texts to other smart phone users that have the app installed, so it will help you decrease you phone bill.
The Skype is the Limit
Although studying abroad may be a way of getting more freedom, it is always nice to hear a familiar voice and see a common face. Skype can be downloaded onto your smartphone and allows you to call, IM, or video call anyone who has Skype - absolutely free! As well as this, it will also allow you to call and text people in your contacts for an extremely low rate, which stops you from getting smashed by astronomical overseas phone charges.
One of the big downsides of studying abroad is that you’ll miss a lot of special occasions back home. If you would like to send a quick message or gift, it would always be better to send an e-card. The gifts you can send are easy to access on sites, such as eBay or Amazon, and they can be shipped across the world in both a physical and electronic format. Forget snail mail, which won’t make it on time, use the up to date, 21st century adapted tradition instead.
There’s a saying about not being able to be in two places at once, especially if you’re a working student. However, modern technology these days pretty much defeats this statement. This advice should keep you in touch with your loved ones at home, without making you miss out on exploring your new environment or getting home sick. Stick to your studies and enjoy yourself whilst doing it.