When you’re doing your degree, traveling can seem like something that is off the cards. How are you supposed to get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer, when you’re so busy trying to get through all of the work that you have to do in order to finally get that qualification? This can seem even more difficult when you’re doing a PhD. However, there are some ways that you can get the best of both worlds, and travel whilst studying. Here’s what some of your options might be.
If you want to get out there and see the world, then it could be a good idea to study online. This means that you can watch your lectures wherever you decide to go, as long as you have an internet connection. Of course, you’ll still get the exact same classes, a tutor to support you, and all of the materials that you need. However, you will be missing out on part of the university experience, so think about whether this option is really for you (weigh this up with your commitment to traveling).
Sign up to a course with a year abroad included
Although you can go on a year abroad without necessarily having signed up for it when you begin the course, you can also apply for courses that already include the year, so you know that you’re going to be able to get out there, and see the world in your 2nd or 3rd year of university. Look into the options here as they vary depending on whether you’re doing an Associates of Arts or Science, and your course may not have many pre-planned travel options. It’s always worth trying out!
Make the most of the break
University is great for many reasons, but one of them is because there is so much freedom, and so many reading weeks and breaks to be had. Sure, you shouldn’t really be jetting off in your reading week, but if it’s not going to compromise your studies, then why not? Make the most of your time off uni if you can, but think about some of the cheaper destinations if you want to save some cash here. There are many countries in Europe with affordable flight prices, and you can catch on lucky with hotels and hostels.
OK, this sounds like it’s not relevant, but bear with us here. If you try your best to ensure that you’re well-connected at university, and that you have a good social life, you will naturally meet people from all walks of life. You will meet people who you are friends with forever, and these people will live in amazing and exciting countries. This is one way that you should be able to travel, as you can stay with friends wherever you are, and you also have a tour guide (and drinking buddy) too.
So, if you want to travel whilst doing your degree, then keep these simple tips in mind!