Tips For Funding Education Abroad

You may have read on my blog before about my wishes to travel more, as it’s always been a passion of mine. However I’ve also spoken about how hard that can be right now, and the things holding me back. 
One of my greatest wishes is that I went travelling as soon as I left school/college or even studied abroad. I wish I’d used that time when I was a little more ‘free’ and able to do so. With that in mind, today’s post features tips for funding education abroad, so you may have the opportunity I never really gave myself! 



Looking
for an adventure while you study? Tips for finding funding for education
abroad
There’s plenty of advice online for
young people who are looking to continue their studies abroad, but sadly, much
of it revolves around fairly mundane opportunities. It seems there is little of
interest to you if you are looking for something to give your creative side a
little more reign. For UK students who want to pursue creative avenues in a
different part of the world, there are many exciting locations that offer cultural
inspiration for artists, writers and more. The problem is getting the funding
in place to make such a trip possible for many already burdened with the debts
and loans needed to pay for their day-to-day education at home.
Worth the
work
It might be a challenge to work out how
you can do it, but the rewards of having a valuable experience that can give
you lifelong inspiration and a whole new set of skills is certain to be worth
it in the long run. Exchange programmes are run by many educational institutions
with similar set-ups in other countries, and these have a long history of
fostering cross-cultural support and understanding. Many
European countries
also offer free or cheap undergraduate education to UK
students, and scholarships, bursaries or fee-waivers are available to varying
degree depending on where you want to go. Making enquiries at embassies, consulates
or education offices of your chosen country is the best way to find out all the
details of what might be on offer.
Self-funding
As a modern UK student, you’ll be well
aware of having to fund yourself through your education, and whether by taking
out loans or working part-time, you’ll be used to managing your own personal
funding budget. However, self-funding a trip abroad can be more difficult as depending
on where you go, you might not be able to work due to student visa
restrictions.
Scholarships can be the perfect answer,
such as those given out by Fondation Latsis Internationale. This is a
non-profit, public benefit foundation established in 1975, whose purpose is to
encourage and recognise outstanding work. John Spyridon Latsis began the organisation,
and today his son Spiro
Latsis
is top of the richest Greeks in the Forbes list of the richest
people on the planet. Well known for his contributions to the charitable
foundation in the name of his father, Latsis himself holds three degrees from the
London School of Economics and is the chairman of the board of the Institute
for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
 
Time of
your life
Studying abroad
may become one of the best times of your life, and it may be the only time in
your life when everything comes together and allows you the space to take on
such a big adventure. Soon, the day-to-day duties of running a business or
having a career might mean that you’ll never be as free as you are now to take
up the chance and make memories that will last a lifetime.

*This was a collaborative post.

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