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The 10 Best Apps For International Students

July 28, 2016

Whether you’re planning to study abroad or you’re already at a foreign university, life as an international student can certainly be hectic. Not only will you have to attend lectures and meetings, you also need to meet new people, organise your workload, and keep in touch with people back home.\r\n\r\nThankfully, with the help of mobile phone apps, it’s never been so easy to keep organised at university. Here are the 10 apps we thik are best for international students:\r\n\r\n

1. Trello

\r\n\r\nIf you’re drowning under coursework, essays and exam deadlines, download the Trello app. This handy tool will enable you to compile simple lists detailing all the tasks you have to do. Each task can be moved from one list to another, making organisation, forward planning, and goal-setting easier than ever before. \r\n\r\nIf you wish, you can share your lists with your classmates, making it easier for you to collaborate on group projects from home. You could even invite your professors to the lists so that they can share their words of wisdom and best study tips for students.\r\n\r\n

2. RefMe

\r\n\r\nReferencing your sources is an unavoidable part of student life. Every time you write an essay, you’re probably expected to include a page or two of references to show exactly where you did your research and who you quoted. \r\n\r\nReferencing can be an incredibly tedious task and this is exactly why the RefMe app is so useful. Simply photograph the barcode of the books and journals you read and the RefMe app will collate the all-important information for you. \r\n\r\n

3. Pokemon GO

\r\n\r\nPokemon GO is more than just a mobile game. It’s proving to be a great way of exploring your surroundings and making friends. You’ll be introduced to a number of landmarks in your chosen town or city and you’re sure to meet likeminded people along the way. \r\n\r\n

4. Zombies, Run

\r\n\r\nGetting regular exercise is an important part of student life. Not only can it help you burn off last night’s takeaway, it can help you beat exam stress and improve your mood. There’s just one problem – finding the motivation to actually get off the sofa and go for a run can be really difficult. \r\n\r\nThat’s where Zombies, Run comes in handy. As soon as you start up the app and plug in your headphones, you’ll start to hear stories of zombie apocalypses. Let your imagination run wild while you walk, run or cycle your way to fitness. \r\n\r\n

5. MealBoard

\r\n\r\nIf you’re feeling health conscious and you want to improve your diet, MealBoard is a really helpful app to have. It combines recipe management, meal planning, and grocery shopping into one handy resource. You’ll discover countless healthy recipes and will be able to track your diet before analysing your strengths and weaknesses.\r\n\r\n

6. Moovit

\r\n\r\nStudents studying abroad are likely to spend a lot of time on public transport, particularly if they don’t live right on campus. Thankfully, Moovit can help you avoid waiting in the cold and rain for longer than necessary. This app will help you track public transport on your phone while also helping you plan the quickest route possible. \r\n\r\n

7. Spotify

\r\n\r\nIf you’re a huge music fan, it’s worth downloading Spotify on your phone. Whether you’d like to listen to music during a long bus journey or you want to drown out the sound of noisy neighbours during a study session, Spotify has thousands of songs to choose from. \r\n\r\nUsually, it costs £9.99 a month to use Spotify on a mobile but students are entitled to a reduced rate of just £4.99 a month. Every so often, promotional offers are available to give you 3 months of Spotify Premium for just 99p. So if you’re looking to save money, it could be worth keeping an eye out for this offer.\r\n\r\n

8. Sleep If U Can

\r\n\r\nDo you ever have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Sleep If U Can will help. When your alarm goes off, you’ll have to complete a particular task to turn the alarm off. For example, your task one morning might be to take a picture of your sink. Once you’ve gotten out of bed you’re likely to find the willpower to carry on with your day rather than going back to sleep. \r\n\r\n

9. Whatsapp

\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to finding the perfect apps for international students, it’s hard to beat Whatsapp. You’ll be able to communicate with friends and relatives around the world without running up a costly phone bill. You’ll also be able to share pictures, videos, links and sound clips with ease. \r\n\r\n

10. Chored

\r\nLiving with other people at university can be challenging, particularly when it comes to staying on top of chores and managing bills. with Chored you can work together to share each task between you so that there are no squabbles and everything’s completed effectively.\r\n\r\nIf you’d interested in studying abroad, we can help. Whether you need assistance in choosing the right course for you or you’d like to learn about the opportunities available to you, get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad to find out more.