Are you interested in starting a new study abroad? However, do you find you’re not meeting the requirements for a Bachelor study? Then don’t waste any more time and start reading this blog. As this blog will tell you exactly how you will meet your requirements by starting a foundation year program.

What is a foundation year program?

A foundation year program offers you an alternative route into studying at a world-class university. For international students who possibly don’t meet the application requirements, a foundation year is your solution.

A foundation year is to help prep you for your next new study abroad. The program will familiarize you with the ways of learning. As well as being ahead and learning your new culture. A Foundation year program will prep you for your Bachelor studies.

If you’re an international student who doesn’t meet the required level of English for a Bachelor studies, the Foundation program will help you meet your requirements all within one year.

Foundation Year Programs

The University of Pavia, Italy, offers an available foundation year program. For students who are interested in accessing undergraduate degrees at Pavia University as well students who are interested in learning Italian or improving their Italian language skills. This is the perfect program for you.

Pavia University offers two available foundation year programs for the year of 2020-2021:

  • Foundation Year – residential option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies courses  in presence in Pavia from October 2020 until June 2021
  • Foundation Year – blended option: you will attend the intensive Italian course online from October 2020 until February 2021; then you will attend in presence in Pavia the Italian language course and the area study preparatory courses from March until June 2021. 

If this hasn’t drawn your attention enough already or if you still wish to find out more. Then there’s a free webinar available on demand now for you to watch. Enjoy!

Are you interested in getting the opportunity to see the world, travel to great countries, embrace new cultures, make new friends, enrich your resumé and possibly even learn a new language and more?

Then now is the time to choose your next study abroad. As the second semester for most universities is coming to an end and your summer breaks await, it is now time to take charge and choose your next adventure.

Why now?

As a lot of universities are already enrolling and are still searching for international students now is your time to strike. As early enrolment will only enhance your chances of becoming your chosen universities new international students. If you’re still having some doubts about whether or not going abroad is the best choice for you, then definitely don’t stop reading as this blog is here to help you.

Is studying abroad a good fit for me?

To counteract on this question: why shouldn’t studying abroad be a good fit for you? Does travelling the world, meeting new people, learning a new language and exploring new cultures draw your attention? Then studying abroad will definitely meet all your wishes. 

How do I make the best choice?

In order for you to find out where your interests are and what you want to be studying abroad it is important to do your research. Luckily, we are here to help you and provide you with tons of research. As we have multiple available free and on demand webinars waiting for you to be watched as they can help you find out what suits you best.

To start your research you can search our website by countries as well as institutions. In addition to that you can use the Q&A box in every webinar whenever you have additional questions. The university will then get in touch with you.

Whenever you do find yourself interested, don’t hesitate to browse through our section of available blogs. That are all put together to provide you with that little éxtra information.

Are you interested in business, but find your true passion to be in the fashion and design industry? Then don’t look any further and see why studying in Milan is the perfect fit for you!

Why Milan?

First question to probably come to mind when looking for your new studies is: why should I choose this city? If so, then definitely don’t stop reading, as you will be surprised what Milan might have to offer you!

Fashion at its finest 

I mean, first things first, Milan is without a doubt one of the biggest fashion- and design capitals in the world. As Milan hosts one of the biggest fashion weeks around, with brands such as Gucci, Balmain, Versace and who not? Presenting their new collection to the audience. 


Studying abroad might sound like an impossible investment, but don’t forget for students in the EU there are multiple Erasmus possibilities for you to make your studying abroad dreams come true. And Milan is one of those participating cities, I mean win-win. 

Italian cuisine

Did someone say pasta? Pizza? Or perhaps vino? The Italian cuisine is one that will definitely not disappoint. 

Definitely try the neighbourhood Navigli. As this neighbourhood is known for the remains of the city’s old city canals, which will let you believe you’re in Venice rather than Milan. As a lovely addition, they serve amazing food in this area.


Milan literally offers it all, as it also offers some amazing cultural sights for you to see. Check out the Duomo di Milano for instance, but definitely don’t forget about Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is the convent of the last supper and is part of the UNESCO world heritage list. 

High standard universities

Obviously, a thing to keep in mind as well. Besides Milan’s impeccable standards for fashion, they also offer multiple very highly ranked universities. With universities such as Politecnico di Milano and DOMUS University, there is a study for everyone.

In this uncertain period regarding traveling and world health it is very understandable that you might have questions or doubts regarding your future and education. However, it is now more important than ever to make the right choices. This also counts for making the right study choices, as your choice for the right study abroad still be a priority. This blog is here to help you make the best decision for your next study abroad!

In case you are interested in Engineering courses in Earth, living and environmental sciences for example, then ask yourself why you should not start your study abroad in Bretagne, France? As UniLaSalle in Bretagne, France has a lot to offer and provides three very different campuses for each kind of lifestyle in Beauvais, Rouen and Rennes.

Is American styled campus your way to go with associative life and forever lasting friendship? The Beauvais campus offers it all! Located in a rural and wooded environment, the Beauvais campus is an American-style campus.

Or are you looking for an international and urban atmosphere? Then the Rouen campus is the perfect fit for you! With its location in the heart of Mont-Saint-Aignan which is 15 minutes from the center of the largest student city in Normandy you will definitely not be disappointed by its diverse and unique atmosphere.

UniLaSalles’ third campus: Rennes combines dynamism of student life with a privileged environment of the campus that counts over 6,000 students! Chances of not liking anyone here are not on the table.

French leader in the field of Life and Earth sciences, UniLaSalle offers Engineering courses in Earth, living and environmental sciences from geology to food and health, from agronomy to the environmental performance of companies, you will find a wide choice of specializations at the heart of global challenges.

UniLaSalle is now recruiting new international students for their programs:

International sustainable agribusiness and food engineering; which is available for Bachelor as well Master.

Other Master possibilities at UniLaSalle include:

– Master: urban agriculture and green cities;

– Master: Agriculture food and data management;

– Master: sustainable management and eco-innovation.

Check out the free webinars, join a session, ask questions and get informed! And if this is not exactly your choice yet, do check out all the other free webinars you can find on all types of study-programmes:

Good luck!

Are you considering starting an MBA study? Possibly to enrich your resumé, personal development, knowledge or maybe you’re looking for a new challenge. Regardless of the reason why you are considering an MBA study, Dublin is definitely one place to consider for your new study! But why? 

Why Dublin?

Dublin is modern, multicultural, but above all, Dublin is truly Irish. As the Irish are very proud of their own identity this is definitely to be found back in Dublin. 

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and definitely 2020 approved, nevertheless Dublin also has numerous beautiful monumental buildings and art. Dublin is the largest and most metropolitan city in Ireland, with an amazing reputation for being safe to roam around for tourists Dublin is ranked very high amongst city trips as well. 

If you’re already a working professional that is looking for a way to enrich your resumé, Dublin is centre to numerous successful businesses’ that are always recruiting new talents. The Irish Times Top 1000 offers a clear insight into Irish businesses. As Ireland is home to numerous successful businesses regarding retail to pharmaceutical companies, such as Apple and Medtronic. Ireland, Dublin simply has it all. 

In addition, the peoples’ native language is English which makes Dublin the perfect place to practice and excel your English level. 

UCD Smurfit MBA

Next to studying for you MBA degree, Dublin will definitely not bore you or your social life. As Dublin is a city that offers pubs and bars on every corner. This does not affect the impeccable academic level of University College Dublin (UCD) as it is one that is ranked in the top 1% of higher institutes worldwide. Which will 100% look good on your resumé, which will only benefit your future.

If this hasn’t convinced you already then there’s a FREE webinar available LIVE on April 9, 2020. If you’re interested, then do register for this as it will be one of your best choices yet and don’t hesitate because this will only benefit you and your future career. 


Why should you consider to start your study abroad in Dublin: Dublin is modern, multicultural, but above all, Dublin is truly Irish. As the Irish are very proud of their own identity this is definitely to be found back in Dublin. 

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and definitely 2020 approved, nevertheless Dublin also has numerous beautiful monumental buildings and art. Dublin is the largest and most metropolitan city in Ireland, with an amazing reputation for being safe to roam around for tourists Dublin is ranked very high amongst city trips as well. 

If there is one city that can surprise you with bars and pubs on every corner it is definitely Dublin. As you will not have a dull moment on your study abroad here. As the people speak English it is also the perfect place to practice and excel your English level. 

Master opportunities

Whilst having a booming social life as a student is off course very important, the academic level of University College Dublin (UCD) is one that is ranked in the top 1% of higher institutes worldwide. Which will 100% look good on your resumé, after all, you are in charge of your own future. With your study experience at UCD you will stand out no matter what. And don’t we all want that for our future? 

Luckily for you, UCD Dublin offers multiple Master programs for new international students. As they offer Master programs related to Business, Marketing and Management. For a business Masters-degree, UCD is definitely the place to be. 

In order for you to find the master program that is suited for you, UCD has put together a FREE and ON DEMAND webinar for you to watch and find out more about their available master-programs, admission deadlines, tuition fees, admission requirements and much more! 

To find out more about UCD Dublin and their available masters don’t hesitate and watch the free webinar now on demand!

Will Corona virus/COVID-19 affect my study abroad?

In light of the recent developments and outbreaks of the corona- or COVID-19 virus, numerous universities have made adjustments and are taking preliminary precautions. In addition to these decisions there are a lot of questions. You also might wonder how this affects your study abroad search, especially for the coming intake in September 2020.

That’s why the team of The Study Abroad Portal decided to write this blog post, to answer some of your questions and hopefully take away some of your worries.

So how does this situation affect your new study abroad in 2020?

First of all, due to this pandemic that is COVID-19, may universities decided to close campuses and might even have cancelled classes. However, this does not mean the end of your new journey, as firstly there are numerous possibilities for the universities to continue lessons online or through other means of use and they are working hard to keep things going!

Secondly, since you are likely searching for new Study Abroad opportunities from September onwards, this might already be controlled to a large extend. We therefore encourage you to simply sign up to the Online Open Days, ask questions and get more information!

Although at the time of writing the time of lockdown is still unsure, the first signs of recover in mainly China are already happening (reportingly 96% is recovered/ discharged).

Although other countries, such as Italy and Spain are still trying to cope with locking down the virus and it´s treating patients, it is estimated that within the next days the daily new cases will decrease: see per country data and status here:

Facts about the corona virus:

  1. One of the most frequently asked questions: Should I worry about COVID-19?

As the World Health Organization (WHO) states:

‘Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care, although reportingly over 85% has mild symptoms and ´only´ under 5% are critical. It is however understandable people are worried about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones. 

We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.’

  • As far as things you should not do right now according to WHO:

The following information has been given:

  • ‘Smoking
  • Wearing multiple masks
  • Taking antibiotics (See question 10 “Are there any medicines of therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?“)

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.’

But what does all this information mean for you?

Looking at the current situation and taking into consideration that new semesters for studies will start in September 2020, which is 6 months from today. It is advisable to continue your applications if you wish to go and study abroad. As at present moment all study programmes starting in September 2020 are running and are scheduled as planned, as all Universities are working hard to find alternatives such as Online options or hybrid live/ online classes.

Therefore we encourage you to still look for Study Abroad programs in your country of choice and it´s still better to get prepared and get the necessary information. Various programs from countries like the Netherlands, Germany, France and Finland are available On Demand! See some of them here:

Even though the COVID-19 outbreak is definitely one to take very seriously, as far as contagiousness it is important to reflect on the facts and look at other ‘major outbreaks’.  


Although the situation is serious and the media is bringing new information and updates every day, we advise you not to let fear take over and simply take the desired measures. Focus on your health and boost your immune system in order to increase chances belonging to the 85% that does not need special medical care.

One thing for sure is that fear, as the media often displays, can result to panic and stress and they have never cured any disease however it is even scientifically proven they DO accelerate it! So practice mindfulness, do frequent exercise, eat well and don´t give up on your dreams to find your Study Abroad program to enrich your life!

Are you interested in studying abroad? However, are just not sure where to go? Therefore in this post, I will tell you, why you should not stop reading because this might be your best study choice yet!

If you are interested in studying abroad, the Netherlands is definitely one place to consider! But why study in the Netherlands?

The easiest way to answer that question is with the simple answer: why not? As the Netherlands offers it all

5 reasons to choose the Netherlands as your next place to study abroad:

  1. Great level of English
  2. Central location
  3. High level of education
  4. Unique cuisine
  5. Open minded culture

These are just a few things the Netherlands has to offer you. Apart from the very open minded culture, the Dutch people might surprise you as well.

In addition, on an equally important note.. student life will not disappoint. Offering countless shops, bars, clubs. With cities like Amsterdam hosting ADE every year and countless festival opportunities, studying in the Netherlands will not be boring.

With their great level of English, central location and in addition, a unique cuisine. The Netherlands really is the place to be!

Finally, are you still interested? Then check out TiO University: located in Amsterdam and Utrecht!

Above all, TiO University offers multiple programs:

Are you interested? Check out these links and register now to watch the free online webinar!

Moving out is difficult, especially when you’ve spent a long time living in a certain place you called home. However, even though it’s hard to move out, one must embrace change. To ease your separation anxiety and to get you moving forward, here are 5 tips that you could follow to lessen your struggle in moving out.

1. Early birds struggle (and panics) less

Arranging things can be a complete hassle, especially when it’s crammed. Things may get left behind, the room is left dirty, things may be broken since it may just be thrown in a box. It’s stressful. That’s why it’s important to start packing at least a month or two before your moving out date. This way, you can sort things that will be coming home with you, things that will be thrown away, and organize things better.

2. Take your things home by batch or category

It will be difficult to take home everything you own in just one travel, especially when you’ve been living in the dorm for quite some time. In the same dilemma of packing early, it will be easier for you to empty the room if you take your things at home little by little, in batches. The last things you should bring home are the ones most essential such as a few clothing, and maybe bed covers. Prioritize important things such as documents and changing your address from old to new.

3. Workload does not need to come along

There are a LOT of papers, books, and notes involved in schoolwork. In going home, it’s important to sort them out. Bringing them all home would be too much of a load, so make sure to choose carefully on which ones are necessary for you, then throw out the rest. If you have books or notes that were properly kept but you don’t need any more, you can sell them to your college friends, or any student who needs it.

4. Clean up/de-clutter

It’s common decency to clean up after our messes, that’s why it’s essential and polite for you to clean your dorm room before moving out. This is a nice gesture to the next tenant, to the owner, and it’s also your time to reminisce and be nostalgic if you’re that type of person. By doing this, you can also do a thorough checking of the place, if there are any damages or things that you may forget to pack.

Top 5 Tips for Students moving out of Dorm

5. Check for damages and list them

Damages usually mean additional payment since every damage will be charged. It’s important to list every damage you’ve found in your room and be honest about them so there won’t be any additional charges when you finally leave. Pay the fees, if there are any and thank your landlord for letting you stay on their lease.

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7 reasons to study in italy

A lot of students choose to Study Abroad in Italy!

Have you ever wondered why? Today I’m going to give you 7 valid reasons why you should choose Italy where to keep up with your studies.  

Let’s start with a short introduction about Italy, in case you are not well informed about this country.  

Italy, southern European country with a population of around 60 million, is worldwide considered as one of the most culturally and economically advanced countries. With an ancient story behind, it’s a first-choice destination for tourists and students coming from all around the world.  

Ok, let’s zoom now into the reasons why you should choose Italy where to study. 


As you probably know already, Italy hosted ancient populations such as Greek and Romans, making the European and world history over the years. That means you can walk through Italian streets, and still admire amazing architectures, fountains, monument and ruins where you feel literally part of a parallel historical period. Moreover, Italy hosted periods like Renaissance, fascism and world word II. For this reason, you’ll have the chance to enhance your cultural know-how by visiting old spots, talking with experts as well as tasting in real life what you have studied or read on books.  

One day I decided to ask around worldwide students based now in Italy what was their feeling about studying and living in Italy. 

I discovered most of them are not only extremely fascinated by Italian background but also deeply willing to keep studying in Italian Universities.  

sculture in italy

Check out now our Online Open Days – Discover Italian universities and Business Schools.  

Weather & Geography  

Because of the strategical position in the south of Europe, Italy has one of the best climates in the world. Generally, the weather is quite mild. However, spacing from the North to the South, you can literally find different climates. For instance, if you’re living in the North, close to the Alps, you’ll find the typical cold weather of the mountains. In the centre, you’ll have a super mild one (except for summer: it’s quite warm!). Reaching the South, you’ll find the sun basically 365 days with hot (but windy) summer and chill autumn/winter.  As you have probably got reading above, Italy hosts any kind of surroundings: mountains, lakes, sea, hills, rivers and so on… 

In simple words: you’re spoiled for choice!  

Pizza, Pasta and… Vino  

Ok, when it’s time to deal with food and wine, Italy scores the highest point. If you decide to go to study in Italy, your lifestyle in terms of food will change. In fact, you can find and eat amazing recipes, starting from the authentic Neapolitan pizza to a tasty pasta Carbonara and Sicilian Arancini. All this followed by high quality white and red wines.  

Don’t forget the quality of Italian ingredients! Above all, you’ll find good quality ones even in supermarkets and small food stores. That means have a healthy lifestyle, even important while studying (and taking exams!). 


Many people recognize Italian as one of the best languages to learn and speak. I tell you in advance: the Italiano is quite hard to learn because of its complexity, but as you are in the mood you’ll sooner or later get it. You just need to meet up Italian people and you’ll surely have the chance to speak and learn step by step. 


Italy, as most of the Mediterranean countries, is well known for its sense of hospitality to foreign people who decide to live there. Above all, if you’re a student just arrived in Italy, you’ll find positive vibes and people will be welcoming with you. In a few words: you won’t feel alone or excluded while living your experience in Italy. Moreover, if you choose to study in a universitarian city such as Pavia, Bologna or Pisa, you will live a great experience in terms of hanging out with new people and embrace the Italian culture. 

High-Quality Universities  

Italy is also well-known for its universities spread in all the peninsula. Spacing from the north to the south, you can find good universities in terms of:  

  • Level of education  
  • Structure  
  • Professors  
  • Network  

Don’t miss the opportunity to study in Italy. MIP Politecnico di Milano offers an International MBA tailored for you in three formats:  

  1. Full-Time MBA
  2. Part-Time MBA 
  3. Flex Executive MBA (i-Flex). 

We also suggest you take a look at NABA University. It offers two interesting Masters in Interior Design and Communication Design.

graduated girl in an italian cerimony

Still undecided about your next step? Take a look at our Online Open Days

Art – Fashion – Literature  

If you’re interested in art and fashion, Italy is definitively the right place for you. In fact, Italy hosts amazing museums and galleries where to appreciate the best paintings and works. Just to mention some of them; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and so on. Same scenario for Italian authors like Dante Alighieri, Italo Calvino and Gabriele D’Annunzio. Finally, even the fashion environment (Milano for instance) in Italy is quite famous.  Concluding, besides studying you’ll have the chance to discover one of the most valued and famous cultures in the world.  

Study in Italy is an experience you should not miss!

Check out our Portal, join our Online Open Days and get ready to shape your future!  

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