Advantages of studying a language abroad this 2021

Given the situation experienced during this last year, anyone could think that it is not yet the right time to travel abroad to learn a language, that there are still many restrictions or that the experience may not be so enriching. However, this coming school year is sure to be one of the best yet if you intend to travel to another country to study your native language.

 

There are several reasons why this may be your year to get away for a season. From Ynsitu here are some of the advantages that you might not have realized.

 

  • Possibility of finding offers at exceptional prices.

 

The first reason that shows us that traveling this year is a good option is the fact that we have gone through a season in which no one has left the country. This has led schools to lower their prices considerably this academic year in order to recover and return to the demand they had before the pandemic. That is why we will find that the vast majority of academies and residences offer extraordinary promotions to students so that they can go abroad to study a language.

 

  • Better conditions.

 

This year, we will also find the possibility of super flexible cancellation and postponement conditions, and we will be able to keep the price. As we have previously mentioned, this is due to the low demand that the schools have suffered during this last period. In order to overcome this loss, a large percentage of schools offer the possibility of cancelling the trip without any kind of commitment or postponing it for a period of time in order to be able to take it later.

 

  • Smaller groups at a lower price.

 

In addition, the groups that will be formed in the classes will be smaller than usual due to capacity limitations. What in another situation could be a disadvantage, in this one plays in our favor. Small groups make the classes more profitable and you learn more quickly, which is why they are usually offered at higher prices. However, this year students will be able to enjoy at a lower price what would normally be a better service at a higher price.

 

  • Greater immersion in the destinations.

 

It may be difficult to imagine how at a time when the limitations in the cities are greater, the immersion in the destination is higher than in other years. This is due to the lack of tourist overcrowding that we will find. There are many countries with busy cities that are visited by millions of people throughout the year. However, this course will be much less touristy, giving you the opportunity to get to know more local people and immerse yourself in the city, its culture and language.

 

  • More accommodation options available: the most popular residences and the best families.

 

The wide range of accommodation options will be another of the advantages we will have this year. The most popular residences that usually have a very high demand this year will have places available, so it will be much easier to find accommodation that fits our expectations. The same will happen with families, those who are usually more in demand, this year will have fewer students applying for them. So whatever your intention is when it comes to finding accommodation, this course you will have many more options to find what you need at your availability.

 

As you can see, if your intention is to do a language course abroad, this may be the year for you! language course abroadlanguage course, this may be the year for you! Take advantage of our last minute offers with the more flexible conditions of the language schools where you can find many advantages, enjoy a unique experience that this year will be even more so and learn a new language.

The Essential Pre-Travel Checklist

Pre-Travel Checklist

Travelling away from home can be daunting. That niggling voice of “what if I’ve forgotten something important?” can be difficult to hush. The best way to ease a nervous mind is to feel prepared.

Checking off this handy pre-travel checklist will make sure all your essential tasks are taken care of before you go, so you can focus on enjoying your travels.

Check Travel Regulations

The rules of travel are constantly changing. Step one is to check your relevant travel regulations – both the requirements of where you are leaving from, and where you are travelling to. Each country will detail entry, exit and transit requirements on their government’s website. Even travelling between certain areas within a country can have specific rules, so check every region.

Ensure Your Passport Is Valid – and Make Copies

Many countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 additional months upon arrival. Scan and take copies with you – if you lose your passport, copies can help you get a replacement more quickly at an embassy.

Check Visa/Entry Requirements

An obvious but often-overlooked task. Check if the country your passport was issued from is allowed in your destination country without a visa. If not, look into how to obtain the necessary visa.

Many countries allow you to enter for tourism purposes for certain amounts of time. Some places, the United States for Australians for example, have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) that you must pay online before arrival.

Check the country’s border control rules – some places require proof of an outbound flight before they’ll let you in.

Get Travel Insurance

International travel insurance is one of the few insurances you should never go without. As the wise saying goes: “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.”

It’s relatively cheap as far as insurance goes, and can save you from incredibly expensive, sticky situations overseas. Medical and evacuation bills for foreigners can be astronomical in some countries, so much that you may struggle to get the care you need. There’s also the bonus of some policies compensating you for transport cancellations, lost or delayed luggage, stolen goods and other common mishaps.

Buy your insurance as soon as you’ve bought your flights, so you’re covered in case of emergency cancellations before departing. Providers that operate purely online, such as WorldNomads and Downunder Insurance, are a bit cheaper due to lack of overhead costs.

It’s important to note that different insurers will cover, or not cover, specific situations and items. Sometimes you can pay extra for certain dangerous activities to be covered, such as skiing. Common exclusions include pre-existing conditions, acts of war and pandemics. Read what you are covered for carefully before you travel.

Inform Your Bank

If you’re taking your bank or credit card with you overseas, you need to inform your bank of your travel before you go. If the bank suddenly notices your card being used in a foreign country and you haven’t notified them prior, they may assume it’s fraud and cancel the card. Suddenly losing access to your funds overseas can be very frightening and inconvenient. Most banks have a 24-hour international hotline to call in case of situations like this.

Organise Foreign Currency

Check what fees your bank charges for foreign transactions and cash withdrawals. Check that they operate and are accepted where you’re going. Consider getting a travel card such as Travelex to avoid conversion fees altogether.

Even if you plan to mostly use cards, organise some advance cash in the currency of your first destination – it can come in very handy when you arrive. It will almost definitely be cheaper to get some cash before departing than at the airport upon arrival.

Put Your Documents (Securely) Online

Having your documents on paper with you in certainly convenient, but make sure you can access them online too. Put them in your inbox, google drive, or whatever you prefer, and make sure they’re password protected. This way you can access them anywhere in case you lose the paper copies.

Give a copy of important documents to a trusted family member or friend, in case you need assistance. Itineraries, plane tickets, insurance policies, passport copies, accommodation details, visas and permits can all be backed up in a variety of ways.

Health and Vaccinations

Check with your travel doctor about what vaccinations you may need, depending on your destination. Be aware that some vaccines need to be administered several months in advance to build an adequate immune response. For some countries, you’re required to provide proof of vaccination to re-enter your home country.

Make sure you have enough of any prescriptions you need. Some countries don’t allow certain drugs and medicines through their borders. It’s best to keep medications in original packaging and with a copy of your prescription or doctor’s letter if unsure.

Adaptors

All of your electronics and chargers will be useless without the correct adaptor. Google “power plug (country)” to find out what type you’ll need. You can take the guesswork out by getting a universal adaptor that fits most plugs; some even have USB ports. The only downside is they are quite a bit chunkier in size than individual adaptors.

Register with Your Country’s Travel Database

The United States has the Smart Traveler Enrolment Program (STEP), Australia has Smartraveller, and other countries have similar programs. This is basically giving your government a heads up of your whereabouts, in case it needs to find, contact or assist you in an emergency. The programs keep you up to date in regards to relevant natural disasters, violent conflicts, disease outbreaks and the like. It takes 5 minutes and gives you and your loved ones some peace of mind.

House/Pet Sitter

Make sure you have organised care for your fur-family. A house sitter can also collect your mail for you, or you can request your mail to be held at the post office temporarily.

Auto-Pay Your Bills

If you’re going for an extended period and don’t want to worry about paying your bills at home, set them to auto-pay online. Just make sure there’s enough money in your designated account/credit card so you don’t get an unexpected overdrawn fee.

International Driver’s License

If you’re planning on hiring a car overseas, check if you need an international driver’s license. Many places will let you drive for a short length of time with your home license, but some won’t. Double-check local road rules before you get behind the wheel, especially which side of the road to drive on.

Unlock Your Phone

Unlocking your phone means you can buy and use local sim cards, a much cheaper alternative to roaming fees on your mobile.

Book Your First Night’s Accommodation (At Least)

Even if you’re the adventurous type and plan on making it up as you go while travelling, do yourself a favour and have at least one night’s accommodation lined up. You’ll be grateful after long, sleepless flightsand varying time zones to already have somewhere to crash and collect your thoughts.

That’s the important stuff taken care of – now you just have to decide what to pack, and how much space you can leave for souvenirs! 

Author: Carla Hawk

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Now you’re ready for your new adventure! You can learn and travel at the same time! How you can do this? Taking a language course abroad! Improve your language having the best experience of your life and discover wonderful places. Take a look trough all the different types of courses, countries and cities offering by Ynsitu!

Questions that may arise before your first language course abroad

 

After a long time circling it, you have finally decided to book your first language course abroad. I’m sure you’re very excited and eager to start this great adventure, but as the day of leaving approaches doubts begin to arise and it’s completely normal!, it happens to all first-time students.

 

Studying a course abroad for the first time, not any nonsense and it is normal to want to have everything tied up. So in this post we will solve some of the most frequently asked questions that students have before taking their first course abroad.

 

What will the accommodation look like?

 

It is very important to feel comfortable in what will be your home abroad. If you’re going to stay with a family, a very good option is talk to them via email or phone to break the ice a little bit. In this way you will get to know each other a little more in advance, something that they will surely also appreciate. Another good idea is bring something typical of your country,this will help you to have things to talk about on the first day.

If you’re staying in a residence or apartment on the other hand, look at all the information, photos and reviews you find on both Google and social media. You’ve probably already done it before you book it, but checking it right before you leave will help you calm down and calm those previous nerves. Another trick is to take a series of basic items that make you feel at home wherever you go.

 

What if you don’t get to school?

 

Getting around a whole new city can be a little tricky initially, but there are a number of things that will help you calm those nerves and not get so stressed on the first day. The day you get to your destination, even though you most likely don’t have class, book for a little while to make the way from the accommodation to the school. This will allow you to get acquainted with the tour and know how long it will take you to get there.

 

Also, think host families or residence staff are there to help, so don’t be afraid to ask. You can also take advantage of downloading a map of the city,if you don’t have data abroad or if you ever get it wrong, you’ll find it very useful to use it offline when you’re on the street.

 

What if I don’t understand anything?

 

If you stop to think about it, isn’t that the main reason you want to do a language course abroad? Whether you want to learn the language from scratch or just improve your knowledge, Immersing yourself in a new culture is the best way tolearn.

 

Also remember, that families, teachers and all the staff of schools or residences are more than used to spending time with people who have different levels of linguistics. You’re not alone! Still, if you want to go something more prepared, you can always download a translation app or buy yourself a pocket dictionary.

 

How am I going to make friends?

 

Try not to turn things around! You’re going to have plenty of opportunities. to meet both local and foreign people who are in your same situation. In class, during the activities organized by the school, in the residence, through the host family…

 

If you’re shyer or like to hang out with a specific type of people, remember that there are hundreds of apps where you can meet people with the same interests and characters.

 

Should I take out insurance?

 

Yes, without any doubt. I’m sure everything’s going to be okay and you’re not going to need it, but think about your future self and just in case you hire a liability insurance.

And if your health insurance doesn’t include overseas coverage, we recommend that you take out a private one for your stay.

Now that we’ve solved your doubts, the time you’ve been waiting for has been waiting for so long, start your adventure abroad! With Ynsitu you will enjoy your next language course abroad to the fullest.