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Studying abroad can be a lifetime experience, but it can also cost a pretty penny. The main factor paralyzing even the brightest students from studying abroad is lack of financial resources. Travelling is itself has a high-cost price tag and by combining it with studies, the bill is overpriced. But money should not stop you from achieving your career goals, accessing high quality education and approaching high quality education. With proper planning, searching of appropriate and affordable study programmes, applying for scholarships and financial funding you can attain your studying abroad goal.
Luckily, there are various choices if you want to study abroad for cheap or even free. Here are ways you can cut some of those costs down and study abroad at low budget.
Apply For Scholarships And Financial Support
There are many scholarship opportunities for Pakistani students for study abroad especially for high achievers in their study field. There are private organizations as well as government run scholarship programmes that support students in attaining higher education in top international universities. These universities even offer them monthly stipend depending on their academic record, age and leadership qualities.
Almost 50,000 students cross borders in the pretext of studying abroad. Currently, more than 5 million students study globally are categorized by the United Nations as “International Students”.
Complete a Work Study
Working while studying abroad is often complex for international students, who don’t have the prerequisite visa to be employed in a foreign country. But some programs afford the capacity to bypass this sticky situation so that you can balance the cost of your study abroad program by earning a paycheck. Think about enrolling in a course to become a teacher of English as a foreign language or choosing a country that permit you to work during your study program, such as Australia or New Zealand.
Also keep in mind that many E.U. countries will permit you to work part-time, depending on the duration of your stay overseas. In the United Kingdom, for example, you can work part-time if you’re staying longer than six months, while in Spain, you can work as long as it’s in a job relevant to your field of study.
Search for inexpensive study abroad destinations
Amidst of study abroad destinations there are few particular countries that have considerable low study cost and top notch education system. Your primary step to plan study in abroad will begin with short listing the countries that come in affordable category in terms of living and study. Australia, UK, Turkey, Poland, France, Germany and South Africa are some of the countries that offer affordable tuition fee structure to Pakistani students.
Earn Before you spend
Lush and Lavish lifestyle isn’t for students unfortunately. So you must not lose track and focus on your main goal. Part time jobs, savings and avoiding participating in shopping sprees are advantage for a student. If you are studying in a country where you are permit to do part time jobs, you must take edge of it and earn and save for your tuition fee and living expenses.
Budget for Travel
Making a budget for travelling is the firm part but the most important one. To cut your expense search for cheap cost airfare deals, estimate currency rate and buy your basic necessities from home before travelling. Avoid purchasing anything from airport’s shopping centers because the prices there are quite high. Aside from all the travel expenses, you must keep in mind to keep a backup of extra 100 USD cash in your budget because it will be required as show money at airport.
Evaluate Your Needs
While studying abroad, education is the final goal and you must aspire for that only in this duration. Your basic needs will involve, daily transportation, accommodation, food, books, internet and medical facilities. Anything beyond your fundamental needs must not be included in your budget until and unless you are earning some extra money.
Live Like a Local
While studying in abroad, you must live like a local. As a foreigner, it is natural to go out and eat at restaurants but it all comes with a big price tag. Adopt the lifestyle of locals, travel in bicycle if it saves money, cook at home, evaluate weekly budget, and buy your basic necessities from sales, and avail discount offers, bargain with salesman.
Pakistani Students enrolled in international universities receive student identity card from university’s administration which can be used for discounts on transportation, museums and libraries entry tickets restaurants and on various medicines and edible items. Student’s identity card can assist you save a solid amount of money from your day to day expenses and where it is not applicable you can still ask for student discount without being shy.
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