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How Should International Students Spend Their Summer?

June 21, 2016

As the summer break approaches many university students take the opportunity to head back home and reacquaint themselves with friends and family. But for those on a period of international study abroad this may not be an option due to the distances involved and the expense required. With all your local friends wandering off on adventures of their own, summer can get a little lonely for international students, but it doesn’t have to be!\r\n\r\nThe summer break is the one chance you’ll have during your foreign studies to truly enjoy your chosen country without the stresses of deadlines and exams, so it’s important you fill your time wisely. Whether energetic or educational, cultural or crazy, there are plenty of ways international students can spend their summer break productively. Here are a few of our suggestions:\r\n\r\n

Put Your Feet Up!

\r\n\r\nObviously sitting around for three months isn’t advisable, but giving yourself some relaxation time after a hectic university schedule is certainly wise. Take some personal days to do all the things you’ve missed out on during term-time, whether that involves a trip to the cinema, regular exercise, or just a few days without commitments allowing you to collapse in front of Netflix! Catching up on the local TV and films is not only relaxing; it also gives you plenty to talk about with your friends and colleagues.\r\n\r\n

Find Part-time Work

\r\n\r\nWhether you need a little extra money to get by or you want to give your post-university career chances a boost, taking a part-time job or internship over summer is a very productive way to spend your break. Summer jobs for international students are widely available, but you’ll need to make sure you are eligible to work before beginning any employment. However, during the summer many countries allow students to work unlimited hours, and this gives you the freedom to take international student internships which often require much more of your time than would usually be possible.\r\n\r\n

Plan Your Year Ahead

\r\n\r\nIt can be difficult finding time to organise your life when deadlines are looming, so taking part of the summer to plan the next academic year makes a lot of sense. Organise your bills, pay your tuition, book a holiday, fill in housing forms, order course materials, look for a better place to live, update your resume – all the horrible pieces of paperwork nobody likes doing can be completely taken care of with just a few days of dedicated effort.\r\n\r\nPerhaps you’re just about to begin your studies as an international student, if so it’s important to think about how you should prepare for your journey as an international student.\r\n\r\n

Study? Yes, Really!

\r\n\r\nIf you’re genuinely passionate about the course you are taking then the summer offers a fantastic opportunity for you to read around your subject without the pressure of having to write about it. Academic papers and textbooks all seem that much easier to absorb when there’s no reason for you to do so, and even just a few hours every week of extra-curricular reading will help keep your mind fresh in time for the start of the next semester.\r\n\r\n

Learn Something New

\r\n\r\nIf the prospect of academic study doesn’t interest you then why not fill your time with a more cultural activity such as learning to paint, playing an instrument, or taking up a new sport. University is a time for you to expand your horizons and enjoy new experiences, so try to adopt a positive attitude towards activities you’ve never tried, because who knows, you may discover a passion which lasts for a lifetime.\r\n\r\nWell, however you choose to spend your summer as an international student, enjoy yourself and stay safe. If you require more information about studying abroad, simply get in touch with our helpful and experienced team today. \r\n