Are you willing to Study Abroad but still undecided about the location? It recently came up Sweden is a really nice place where to keep up with your studies.

Let’s find out together why Sweden society is well appreciated by students!

Here in this blog, I’m going to give you 4 reasons to study in Sweden

Sweden, located in northern Europe, is a Scandinavian country with a population of 9.995 million. Over the years, Sweden has incredibly developed, becoming an open and innovative society where you can easily adapt and find yourself.


Above all, Swedish society has a non-hierarchical and informal nature: for this reason, you as a student can deeply develop your personal and work career. People give you the chance to spread own ideas, feelings and thoughts. Thank this, you will feel good with yourself and with others, as well as push your limits and improve your knowledge. To add, in Sweden everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions. Furthermore, Swedish society is known for its inclusiveness and equality.

In my view, this represents a golden point for Sweden which underlines the people open-mindedness and willingness to embrace diversity.


Sweden is hosting some of the world’s best universities. Moreover, we can find several Swedish Universities covering high positions in term of International Ranking. It’s also important to underline Universities in Sweden are international-friendly. In fact, they are well adapting to the needs of international students. Above all, Swedish Universities are usually oriented in combining practical work with theoretical studies. That gives you the chance to improve both overall know-how and it will be particularly important to build your business network and career. Just the give you an example, Mälardalen University offers several study programs tailored for you:

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Sweden is well known as a country deeply based on sustainability and green environment. There are a bunch of aspects that suggest us to say the environment is in focus on sustainability. First, Sweden is a leader in recycling. Furthermore, the country is investing in green technology and energy (they are focusing on Sustainability through urban farming, just to mention). That means it is contributing to making our planet better, seeking to reduce pollution and supporting new green technologies as well as daily eco-friendly behaviours. In addition, the Swedish environment is clean and safe.

Concluding, Sweden is successfully developing a sustainable economy. All those aspects should push you to live and experience part of your life in Sweden.


I’d claim the quality standard of life in Sweden is pretty high. If you’re willing to Study Abroad in Sweden, you won’t have problems in terms of language barriers: everyone speaks English. That is a good aspect to take into account; it means the society is generally open to foreigners. Moreover, it’s quite easy to find and get an internship in Sweden.

This represents a huge opportunity. Firstly, you have the chance to enhance your professional career. Secondly, you get money always useful for students living abroad. Just to give you an additional proof that Swedish society is internationally oriented: International students can work in Sweden. Besides, public transports are efficient: you won’t have any excuse for being later in class!

Above this, an efficient public transport system means “easy” life, especially in terms of managing your daily routine and movements in the country. Last but not least, there’s another reason to study and live in Sweden. Figures reveal the life is cheaper compared to countries like France, Australia, as well as UK and Venezuela. Good news for you! Concluding, Sweden is a good destination where to study and live.

Now that I gave you the 4 reasons to study in Sweden, it’s time to find out the right University for you!

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Thrones season is upon us!

Winter has come and gone, and we finally got the long-awaited closure to a show that made us cry, scream, and suffer for so many years. But now that it’s all over, the survivors have to find something to do with their lives. How about earning a degree to pursue a real career that doesn’t have to do with raising dragons and fighting ice zombies? Therefore, we have imagined the ideal study destination for some of the key characters in the now classic fantasy/sci-fi HBO series Game of Thrones to help you choose the next step in your educational journey! Read on to get inspired and maybe you can follow the path of your favorite hero to earn a degree in a unique, magical place.

“It’s a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”

– Oberyn Martell

1- Cersei Lannister: France

Going by the often-overused stereotypes of French people, Cersei would fit the mold perfectly. She is a beautiful yet unfriendly woman who has a habit of drinking to cope with a series of unhealthy life choices, and although we don’t know whether she is fond of eating frog legs, it is clear that if cigarettes existed in the GoT universe, she would be chain-smoking on a daily basis. In her student fantasy, Cersei rules over Europe from atop the Eiffel tower, clutching a glass of the finest Bordeaux while updating her Instagram story, hashtagging croissants and hoping her dad approves of her lifestyle. But that’s none of our business.

2- Ned Stark: Sweden & Finland

In the North, everything is better. It is known. A strong economy, unwavering loyalty, and the enduring need to pave the way for others are the values of the North. In this regard, Eddard Stark leads by example, being for many the moral compass and father figure of the first season of the show, before suffering his untimely demise. With their unmatched infrastructure, social values and systems, Sweden and Finland bring various unique benefits to international students coming to pursue their dream programme. These Nordic countries are also the ideal place for a proud northerner looking for a break from the city life, in need to get their head back on their shoulders.

3- Danaerys Targaryen: Morocco

For an international student who loves blazing heat, arid deserts, and unique challenges, Morocco may be the ideal place. Similar to her experience in Essos, joining the Dothraki and proving herself to be a fearless leader and breaker of chains, studying in the Maghreb is a challenge Danaerys Targaryen would complete without breaking a sweat. In fact, some of the most notable and breathtaking locations in the country are places she’s already familiar with and conquered: Ouarzazate (Pentos), Essaouira (Astapor), and Ait-Ben-Haddou (Yunkai/Pentos). What is more, the savory North African culinary culture will give you a dragon’s breath, whether you are into spicy tajines or tasty traditional mint teas.

4- Theon Greyjoy: Ireland

Putting a map of Europe side by side with one of Westeros, it’s easy to pinpoint exactly where the Iron Islands are meant to be. The personality of the Irish also reflects that of those who do not sow. Proud and independent, both of these lands believe that in order to live you must first drown, although in the case of the Irish they are most likely to drown in one of their many rich, local beers, while the ironborn drown in seawater. Theon Greyjoy, along with the rest of his family, would not hesitate to study in Ireland, if only for the sumptuous rocky landscapes reminiscent of the isles of Westeros.

5- Margaery Tyrell: Croatia

The Tyrells, rulers of Highgarden and wardens of the South, are known for their motto: “Growing Strong.” This relates accurately to the stunning Mediterranean land of Croatia, a country that has been growing for the past 24 years since the end of their war for independence from Yugoslavia. This timeless resilience coupled with the graceful scenery of this pearl of eastern Europe would surely make it Margaery’s study destination of choice. After all, Croatia’s Dubrovnik was the main filming location for Margaery’s most highly coveted prize: King’s Landing (and the crown that comes with it, of course).

6- Jon Snow: China

International students feel it’s important to find a country that matches their needs, habits, and personality. Jon Snow, the former bastard, lord commander of the Night’s Watch, king in the North, and eventual rightful heir to the Iron Throne is above all a man of honor with a particular fondness of impressive walls meant to keep enemies at bay. With this curriculum, there is no better place for a student like Jon looking to earn a degree abroad than China, the land of dragons.

7- The Night King: Russia

Who said that ruthless, icy killers did not need to get an education? Maybe it’s the reason the Night King is angry in the first place. After all, the white walkers are the furthest people from the Citadel in all of Westeros, yet they deserve knowledge same as everybody else. And what better place than Russia for a merciless leader who can effortlessly unite various forsaken peoples across a vast and cold territory? So if like the Night King, you live off your thirst for knowledge and unrelenting drive, this is your destination!

8- Arya Stark: Italy

A headstrong, feisty student such as Arya would fit perfectly in Italy. She’s a nimble, independent individual who could roam around the streets of Venice or Florence with much ease, checking items off her travel guide as she once checked names off her list of victims. All along the duration of show, Arya has made wonderous things happen to herself when it seemed all was doomed, so there is no doubt she would make a great international student. When you charge headfirst into an exam, just make sure to stick it with the pointy end! What do we say to failure? Not today.

9- Oberyn Martell: Spain

The people of Dorne are known for their likeness to warm weather and good southern wines, making them very at ease in the Spanish environment. In this setting, as long as he does not get into fights, Oberyn – and any other international student in Spain – will have the time of his life basking in the culture. Between all the distractions, however, let’s just hope studying in Spain won’t make your head explode!

10- Viserion: Canada

Any student who has gone abroad to Canada for their studies will tell you that going up north will quickly turn you into one of them, and as we saw in season 7, Viserion was in a similar predicament. Additionally, Canadians are renown worldwide for their warmth, and this is the least we can say about this reptile. These are all reasons that a beast such as Viserion would fit perfectly in this haven of North America.

In the end, it doesn’t matter who your favorite character is, nor where you choose to study abroad. What matters is that you take the leap and start living the life you deserve: a life of adventure, risks, and discovery. Oberyn himself said it best, “It’s a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”

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We´ve said it a hundred times. Studying abroad in Europe is one of the best things you can do. Not only you will have a better-looking CV, but you will be more all-rounded and knowledgeable. But did you ever wonder why Americans love Europe to Study Abroad? First of all, choosing where to study in Europe is also a challenge. You might know Europe with the stereotype of being the land of “temperamental people” and “movies in which nothing happens”.

But Europe is full of surprises and opportunities: There are more than 25 different countries in Europe, and they are all very different and rich in history and costumes. Therefore, we are presenting this fun and stereotypical guide. Take it lightly and with humor but choose wisely: there are many destinations that you can select from!


Probably, one of the first countries that people think about when referring to Europe. France is known for good taste and style, which of course shows in its cuisine, fashion and classical music. This country is also known for social and political activity. This might be why French sometimes are portrayed with the stereotype of being “whiny”. If you look at recent past events, like “la defense” and “yellow vests”, it is clear that France is full of active and cooperative citizens. Enjoy the lovely views of Paris, Rennes, Lyon, or Nice, and even the sunny south coast of Marseille while you Study Abroad.


Italy has a personality of its own but is known to battle France in cooking and fashion. It has a dryer climate, however, and is completely different. Surrounded by coast and fields of wheat, its art and history have earned worldwide respect as a destination for tourists but also for studying abroad. Italians are renowned thanks to the stereotype of speaking too loud and too much. But they are very friendly people that will help you however they can. Being one of the countries with the richest ancient history, you cannot miss Rome, Milano, Venice, or Florence.


This country leads Europe in many ways. Its marvelous educational system, together with cheap tuition fees make it the nº1 destination. This industry/research-based country is known by the stereotype of “workaholism”. Germany is, however, an extremely aware, sustainable and culture-friendly country. And of course, you can enjoy many varieties of beer in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Koln, or Stuttgart while you meet new people also studying abroad.


Spain is the great opposite of Germany: Spain has a hot climate and a culture of joy and happiness. Spain´s great coasts and landmarks make it one of the favorites for European tourists. Spanish carry the stereotype of being “lazy”. But if you meet one, you will see how hard-working Spanish people get to organize a great, fun party. Enjoy wine, fresh fruit, and olive oil while studying abroad in Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla, or Valencia.


Unfortunately, not many people realize that Holland hosts a gem of European Tourism: Amsterdam. As much as you might like the city of canals, bikes, and weed, Holland is a small country with a lot of educational opportunities. The people in the Netherlands seem too picky and straight forward. But the Dutch are the entrepreneurs of Europe and have even managed to gain land to the sea! Visit the mills and nature of Maastricht, Rotterdam, or Utrecht and attend classes at cutting-edge universities.


You can find several countries that are cataloged as Scandinavians. Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, mainly, but we could also include Finland, Iceland, and even Greenland. These are the descendants of Danes and Vikings and deal with very tough climate and very strange sun schedules. Even though they carry the stereotype of being tough or brute, they have very good educational systems and very innovative and minimalistic lifestyles. Studying Abroad in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, or Reykjavik is a challenge and will look great in any CV.

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Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The energy of the city and the positive atmosphere help you to socialize and there are always many activities to do. Here you have the 5 main reason why Barcelona is your best choice to study abroad!

  1. Sunny weather

Even during winter time you can see the sun shining on top of your head and lifting your mood up.

It makes you spend more time outside and enjoy the city. Average degree winter time is around 9 degree so you don’t need to pack and bring your big jumpers or heavy Scandinavian clothes.

2. Beaches

Barcelona has a 5km long beach in the city center. And there are many others, in nearby towns (Costa Brava, for example) where you can enjoy more private bathing during the summer time.

You can easy access to these beaches to play beach volley, chill, enjoy with friends. Also there is a lot of concerts, festival such a sonar, primavera.

3. Low living cost

When you compare Barcelona with the other favorite destinations in Europe, Barcelona has cheap living cost, unlimited monthly transportation tickets etc.

You can eat and enjoy outside without spending a lot of money.

4. Nightlife & Restaurants

As the effect of the beautiful weather and mix of international atmosphere you will find a lot of outdoor parties. The city doesn’t sleep and there is always something to do everyday.

There are big night clubs on the beach like around “port Olimpic” and you can find a lot of small local bars around gothic and born areas.

Also, you can find “tapas place” in each corner of the city. Lots of cafes and restaurants and different cuisine everywhere will give you a lot of food option that you can taste.

5. Accomodation

Barcelona is an everchanging city with full of opportunities to live in. As a student, you can easily find a residence.

Or, for a more realistic experience, you might want to share flat in a centric area or find cheaper housing in the outskirts, taking advantage of the aforementioned public transport.

Whatever you prefer,

Barcelona is here for you. Visit our Online Open Days and find programs in Barcelona. Study Abroad for the time of your life.

The myths of Studying Abroad in the Mediterranean

It is time to debunk the myths of Erasmus in the Mediterranean… Italy, Spain, Greece, and Portugal are some of the most common destinations for Erasmus programs and other “study abroad” programs in general. But they are also a typical destination for summer vacations. Nice weather, dense history, culture, intense nightlife… Even their large coastlines make the four countries very eligible. But wait until you find out about the best! Low life cost, hedonistic mentality… Do not be surprised if you end up staying there forever. Even if you just thought “I´ll go there for six months”.

Mediterranean destinations, you cannot miss.

But this popularity comes with a reputation that is based both on myths and reality. Therefore, it is important that you are well aware of how Portugal, Greece, Spain, and Italy really are and of how the Erasmus and exchange programs work. Let us quickly list some of people´s expectations and reality. This is: debunking the myths of Studying in the Mediterranean.

1. All play, no work

Many of us believe that when you study in the Mediterranean, you will just have fun and meet new people. We seem to forget that the main goal of studying abroad is… well… studying. Most Mediterranean universities are thought to be easy to course but are not. You can ask around and find out how many people had to take one extra year back at home because of not succeeding when being abroad. Remember that you will have to work hard, no matter the country.

2. Language

Italy, Portugal, Greece, and Spain have only partially adapted to English. Take the example of Spain, which was under a dictatorship up until the seventies, and was exclusively teaching French as a foreign language. Although you can find courses taught in English, you will also have to learn some local dialect. Besides, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Spanish are four romance languages with beautiful phonetics and rich origins.


That is the term that combines the word “Erasmus” and tequila at the beach at 2 am. Students coined this term to describe an academic exchange which excels in the practice of “chemistry” and “physics” and forgets about the other subjects taught. For those that believe that studying abroad in the Mediterranean countries means “Orgasmus”, you might be disappointed: just like with any subject, “socializing” and “getting intimate” is as challenging here as anywhere. Settle your focus and the rest will come.

4. Accreditations

Studying abroad also means risking that your university will not recognize one or several of the subjects you chose to study in another country. This is also right for South-European Universities, which like paperwork as much as the next. Make sure to test and inquire about accreditations if you are going to do an Erasmus program.

5. Weather

This is a big surprise to many. The weather in the Mediterranean is generally warm, but it is not like the Sahara Desert. Because we get the stereotype of beach and sun, we ignore reality. Besides very hot summers you get rain every now and then, and one can still see snow in Barcelona or Athens once every two years. If you go there to study, be prepared for the season, not the stereotype.

6. Job opportunities

Some people study abroad thinking that they will pay their studies by having a part-time job. This is quite a challenge since you might first encounter that your VISA or university does not allow you to do so. But more importantly, it is not easy to find a job there.

In conclusion

You can definitely have the experience of a lifetime by studying abroad in the Mediterranean countries. It is just important that you set your expectations and are prepared for the challenge. Give it a try, and you might even stay for several years! Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece have a lot to offer. Check our recommended Online Open Days for Programs in the Mediterranean in English and engage in one of our webinars to fully understand what you will be required to study an Erasmus in the coast of the Mediterranean.

Many people chose to study in Shanghai because of its world relevance and it´s variety in international corporations. But This city´s reputation is based on some very solid factors.

These are some of the key aspects that will positively affect your stay and study.

First and foremost, Shanghai has an incredible port.

The Chinese characters for Shanghai literally mean “above sea”. For centuries, cities based around ports have become the focus of commerce, culture, exchange and wealth. In modern days, the power of a big harbor system, together with the logistics needed to re-distribute merchandise, is clear. For Shanghai, it`s privileged location -that allows China to connect with Pacific Islands, Korea, Japan, and America makes it the world´s busiest port, where around 30 million containers are moved every day.

Secondly, Shanghai is very populated:

It has close to 25 million inhabitants. That makes it the country`s most populated city, and a global economic hub. However, the most surprising fact about it is that in Shanghai there is a constant fluctuation of around 4 million inhabitants, for various reasons. Where there is such a wide and diverse population, there is a demand for more and more varied goods, which then triggers the existence of more businesses and infrastructures. Many people chose to work or study in Shanghai, and they end up also living in the city or outskirts.

Thirdly, Shanghai is considered the economic capital of China.

Its worldwide relevance must not be overlooked. From amongst the countries that have been emerging strongly, five have associated in a conglomerate known as BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa. Shanghai, as a part of China, will become one of the capitals of the world economy of the future. Living here, surrounded by this new vision of the world can prepare anyone for future challenges and scenarios.

It is also interesting to know that edible goods in Shanghai contain the most sugar of all China.

One can surely stay healthy when living there, but the food will be delicious! Nevertheless, Chinese food is not only worth trying but quite different from what we have known through worldwide restaurant franchises. The people in the marine areas of China highly appreciate seafood, fish and other delights like duck and boiled/aged eggs. Their ingredients are normally crumbled and cooked in a stew-like format, or stir-fried with sauces like soy sauce, vinegar, and wine. Steam-cooked rice is, of course, part of the diet, but normally as a side-dish, just like many other cuisines use bread or wheat (baguette, tortilla, pita…).

Finally, high education is very present in Shanghai.

If you chose to study in Shanghai, there are many universities and business schools available, some of which prevail from the colonial era. Here, tradition merges with innovation and doing your bachelors or masters in Shanghai proves to be a very wise decision. Check our recommendations for university and business school in Shanghai and see it for yourself.

Studying in Shanghai might seem like a huge leap of faith. But like in any investment, if risk is calculated, it is the trampoline to success. Be brave and find your new place in the world, starting in Shanghai.

Explore Australia: Study, Work, Travel

Australia is definitely one of the most popular destinations to travel to. Everyone for sure knows a friend who spent several months in this beautiful country. Australia is known for its nice people, very nice climate and the good travel facilities for foreign people.


The Work & Travel visa, provided by the Australian government gives many people the possibility to enter the country and enjoy the life of backpacking and maybe some farm working.

Especially for people taking a Gap Year after their High School this is an appealing option. The first time going abroad for a longer time and most people will do this on their own. This idea might be a bit scary for the parents, but there are several options to cover this too.  

A recommendable way to start these trips, especially for the younger travelers, is to make sure the first couple of days are being taking care of.

After a pick up from the airport after a long flight, the first place to meet other people and make new plans, is a hostel. Most people travel alone and this is a great place to start planning your trip for the first weeks.

During this first week all administrative issues can ben arranged too, such as opening a bank account and see how it works to find nice vacancies to apply to.

On this same visa Australia also allows students to come for (unpaid) internships. In that way you can work for international or local companies, complete your required internship and get this experience abroad.

Study in Australia

The Work & Travel visa does have its restrictions, namely a maximum age and duration of the visa. And although travelling is good for your personal development, some people even extend this by doing a study.

Australia has high quality educational institutions in a wide range of study directions. Not only do they offer complete studies, but also short courses. These courses are designed in terms with longer breaks in between, which give travelers the possibility to travel and explore the country at the same time.

Another advantage is that you can go for a study visa, because when you are enrolled at a university or other approved educational institution, you are a student.

Go see the world!

There are so many ways to broaden your horizon and Australia is definitely a country to get the best out of everything. And…don’t forget, there is so much more to explore than the clichés such as posing for a picture with the traffic sign that shows the kangaroo!

Check the beautiful nature on one hand, an vibrant cities as Sydney on the other hand. Explore Australia like a local!

If you want to study in Austria you must first know the basic facts about this magnificent country, in this guide I will tell you everything so that you go well informed.

General facts about Austria

Austria is located in the heart of Europe and constitutes a federal republic with political stability, its capital is Vienna. It is one of the richest countries in the world and its quality of life is exceptional, being able to count on first quality social services.


-Austria has the Hintertux ski resort, open 365 days a year. Skiers’ paradise!

Study in Austria skiing

-It has one of the oldest flags in the world.

Study in Austria Flag

-Austria was the setting for The sound of music, one of the most successful musical films in history. Starring the great Julie Andrews, it’s a cinema classic that, if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you do it.

Study in Austria film

– Did you know that Austria has a village called Fucking? Yes, you have read well ? It always provokes laughter among the English speakers and many photos! If you are going to study in Austria take the opportunity to visit it!

Study in Austria town

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Recommendations if you want to study in Austria

Our main recommendation is that you take advantage of your stay in Austria to travel. The day has many hours and you can perfectly combine your studies with leisure, remember that the student also needs to rest.

-Austria is an alpine country with no access to the sea, however, the country is crossed by the Danube River, which is navigable for most of its course, and known for the beauty of its lakes.

Study in Austria lakes

– It is the European country with the most borders behind Germany, is delimited by 8 countries. Translated: study in Austria is a great way to travel through all the neighboring regions!

Study in Austria travel

The university, study in Austria

The Austrian education system is of high quality and inexpensive compared to other European countries. The teachers are committed and help you with everything you need. Universities provide language courses and student life is fantastic.

study in Austria university

According to the opinions of the students who write to us valuing their experience of studying in Austria, everyone is delighted and would repeat without thinking. They feel welcomed and excited because their circle of friendships has grown considerably. Be smart and study in Austria!

The advice that everyone gives us: better to live in a residence than in a flat because it is cheaper, and you end up meeting more people. Register at the right offices to help you and you won’t find it hard to find housing.

Vienna, the city of love, dreams and music

Over the centuries, great music composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert or Brahms lived and composed their works in Vienna. Hence its recognition as the world capital of music.

As you can see, Viennese people grow up immersed in a musical culture that has an impact on the education they receive, and most children learn to play an instrument.

study in Austria music

But there is one exception in every rule, and in this it was Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, who hated music. He lived in Vienna since he was a child and that is why it is known as the city of dreams, now you can find a museum dedicated to him.

Vienna’s historic centre combines classical lines with modernity, luxury and wealth. Known as the capital of waltzes, palace dances and narrow medieval alleys. It is the ideal setting for a romantic walk and feel like a prince or princess in the Hofburg Palace.

Study in Austria Hofburg Palace

Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Austria

The city of Salzburg is surrounded by the majestic landscape of the Alps, has a great cultural and artistic richness and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg has a special charm that will make you fall in love with it.

Study in Austria Salzburg

It’s Mozart’s hometown. You can visit the house where he lived, is one of the main tourist attractions.

As you can see, studying in Austria is a good option to live an authentic international experience. We offer you the opportunity to study a master’s degree related to information technology, one of the fields with more career opportunities in the future.

Study in Austria Master

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Saying “I´ll do it after Christmas” can ruin your grades… and your Christmas

I´m sure you know that time management is key regarding not only your studies, but your work or even your life. However, it is difficult to understand how to manage time, since very little people teach (or in fact, do know) how to efficiently manage time.
It is usual to think something like “the course starts around September, but it´s really after Christmas that things really get going”. This mentality can do a lot of harm to your grades, your mindset and self-esteem. So here are 3 tips on how to manage workload better.

1. If you can´t study, don´t study!

First, it is a common situation to find yourself too distracted when studying. Only when the exam-proximity effect kicks in, our minds are really focused… and nervous! For this situation, the first tip is: if you can´t study before Christmas… don’t! But do other tasks instead!

Read a couple of books related to the topic, write your own essays, watch subject-analogous videos, or see if there is homework that you can finish beforehand.

One technique that really works is finding how the topics you like relate to the ones you have to study: If you are a sports guy and have to study physics, read about the physics and mechanics of kicking a ball. If you like playing music but have to study economy, read about how the musical market works currently.

2. Small goals first

The second reason why we cannot get our heads around the problem is the large amount of information and time available. Teachers tend to schedule some assignments for fall but it is, in fact, true, that most of the workload will be scheduled for January and February. It is therefore important that you have your own system of dividing the work between months, and therefore weeks.

Having shorter goals will indubitably help you plan and, even if you miss some, you will cover more information, and have more under control after Christmas.

3. Put it in common

Communicate! Chat with your teachers, chat with your classmates, and if you are lucky, you should also contact former students! They went through the same problems and can tell you what to expect.

We hope these tips were useful for you and off course make sure to enjoy Christmas! 🙂

Starting a course in higher education can feel like the first day of school all over again. A time for new stationery, new teachers and making new friends. If you’re feeling nervous about meeting new people during your course, check out our top tips to help you feel calmer and more confident while studying abroad.

1) Join a club/society

Most institutions will host a fresher’s fair at the start of the first semester. This is your opportunity to sign up to the clubs and societies. Universities will try to cater to as many students as possible, so there should be a range of clubs on offer such as sports teams, cooking clubs, volunteering groups and more. It might be worth doing some research into societies before choosing your institution, as the types of clubs on offer could differ depending on the university.

However, it’s unlikely that you will become a regular member of 10 different clubs for example, so try to register for your top favourite clubs or however many you think you could commit to. If you want to join a sports team for example, you may be expected to attend weekly training sessions, so you don’t want to over stretch yourself by taking on too much! However, clubs and societies are a great way to meet new people and get involved in university life. It also looks good on your CV!

2) Student accommodation

Perhaps one of the most common ways to meet new people is through student housing. Living in student accommodation means that you will be surrounded by other students, particularly if you live on campus as this tends to be a social hub.

One useful tip for new students is to leave your door open when you move into your new accommodation. This way, you can meet your new flat mates as soon as they move in. Although you might feel nervous, be brave and start a conversation with new people. Once you’ve made the first move, you should start to feel more confident and comfortable when speaking to new people.

You could also offer to help others with their belongings when they move in, which would be a friendly way to start chatting. Don’t forget, everyone will be nervous on their first day at university!

3) Join social media groups

Although you don’t want to spend too much time online when you first start university, it might be worth joining some groups on social media. For example, your student accommodation might have a Facebook group where you can start chatting to your future flat mates. It is also a great idea to show your interest in meeting new people by asking for their social media handles or phone numbers so that you can get in touch.

4) Organise a study group

Another way to make friends during your course is by organising a study group. Not only is this a great way to get to know people on your course but it can also help with your learning. Try asking a few people on your course to meet in the library or in a café where you can work on a project together. When those deadlines hit, you’ll find that your course mates will be a huge support. Or if you miss a lecture, ask someone on your course to send you the notes. This might be a good way of starting a conversation with someone new.

5) Research the local area

To make the most of your time abroad, find out what’s going on in your local area. Is there a cinema, shopping centre or gallery? Depending on which country you choose, most major cities will also host unique events throughout the year such as food, and music festivals.Studying abroad allows you to develop a sense of self by exploring new places and gaining new experiences. Try doing something you’ve never done before!

Overall, it’s important to have a positive attitude when you start at your chosen institution. Try saying yes to new opportunities, as this is your chance to step out of your comfort zone, even though it might be daunting at first!

Overall, it’s important to have a positive attitude when you start at your chosen institution. Try saying yes to new opportunities, as this is your chance to step out of your comfort zone, even though it might be daunting at first!