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Studying Abroad – As Easy as 1, 2, 3

When I was twenty-five and naïve, I decided to go to Madrid to study Spanish for three months. It was a decision which I found easy to make at that age. I was old enough to be on my own. I had already shed the gullibility which was the consequence of my sheltered upbringing and was confident that I would not make any more hasty decisions from there on out.
I was about to accomplish my goal in 3 easy steps.
Step 1. Find a language school in a city you wouldn’t mind calling “home” for, in my case, 12 weeks. Make sure the city has all the things you want and need as a foreign student – museums, parks, cheap but good food, welcoming people, diverse, culture, etc.

Step 2. Contact school through their website and make the necessary arrangements. You will need to choose which kind of accommodation you prefer (an apartment with other students, a room in a guest house, or a room with a family). Some people prefer the third type of accommodation for it enables them to interact with the locals on a daily basis, thereby forcing them to speak their language.

Step 3. Pay the necessary fees (reservation and full tuition plus board and lodging). All this can be done online with your credit card.

After these 3 steps, you’re done. You will receive an email with all the details you need like address and directions on how to get to the school, the nearest metro stop, etc. You might also get the address of the accommodation assigned to you. In my case, however, I got the address when I went to my school on the day I arrived.


By: Katy Concepcion-Wiggins

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