While the current global situation has international travel plans on hold, you can still hold on to your study abroad dreams while practicing social distancing.
Here are 7 ideas for planning your future study abroad trip while stuck at home:
1. Start a Pinterest board
Get inspired! Whether you decide to pin inspiring travel related quotes, photos from your dream destination(s) or a practical packing tips, you can get a jump start on your wanderlust right now. Check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration!
2. Spend time learning about program locations
Search our blog for destinations and learn about students’ experiences abroad. Now is a good time to browse our programs and look at details like course offerings, excursions and more and think about what you want to get out of your study abroad experience.
3. Surf YouTube
Check out the AIFS Study Abroad YouTube channel and get a sneak peek inside the study abroad experience. Search YouTube for travel vloggers visiting your dream destinations and start a list of your must-see sites.
4. Learn the local lingo
It’s the perfect time to take the leap and start learning a new language, or keep your skills sharp in a language you are already studying. Check out free apps like Duolingo or sign up for a trial Rosetta Stone subscription. If you already have some knowledge of the language, try reading online newspapers in that language.
5. Read books inspired by travel
Download e-books and audiobooks with travel themes! Many libraries offer the option to remotely check out e-books from their catalog. Goodreads has a great list of travel inspiration books to get you started.
6. Binge watch international movies and TV shows
Most streaming services, like Netflix, have international movies and TV shows as a genre filter. Watching will help you gain insight into the culture and perspective – and help pass the time when you are stuck inside.
7. Make a global recipe book
Stuck making your meals at home for a while? Search for recipes from around the world! If you can’t get the ingredients right now, start a global recipe book for your future culinary adventures.
Whatever you do, don’t let these uncertain times stop you from dreaming about studying abroad! Our programs for the Spring semester and beyond are still running as scheduled as of now. After applying, you can stay current with Spring program updates and information along with the latest health and safety news from AIFS here.