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Wondering how to intern or study abroad without breaking the bank? Learn from IES Abroad Correspondents how they manage their budgets and find money-saving options in their host cities and while traveling.


Tips for Prioritizing Responsibilities While Abroad

March 13, 2019

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! It should be full of laughter, memorable experiences, growth, and many other things. While studying abroad is incredible, it is also important to remain cognizant of responsibilities during your time in a different country. The utilization of a planner and calendar are key for a successful semester or year abroad!

How To Travel The World Without Breaking The Bank

February 28, 2019

I’m sure we can all agree that it’s extremely exciting to travel abroad!  We start to think of every landmark, city, country etc. that we just have to see before running out of time.

All of this seems pretty straightforward until you take a closer look at your bank how can you possibly travel everywhere that your heart desires without spending a ridiculous amount of money?


My Three Main Tips:

  1. Budget

  2. Plan in Advance

  3. Save Money

Traveling Abroad While Abroad

December 28, 2018

Hallo Alle!

So its been a while since I last updated my blog. I've been a bit busy with classes, class projects, presentations, finals, and making plans for my return home. Not only that, but some computer issues have had me on my last nerves. Thankfully, I've got everything fixed...for the most part.

The Grace and Guilt in Studying Abroad

November 21, 2018

Hi all! I've been doing a lot of reflecting and lately, I’ve been thinking about what it truly means to be studying and working abroad in Barcelona. I’m so far away even though I don’t feel like it all. I feel like I fit in even though I am odd one out based on my looks. We are living in a time of increasing globalization. With phones, technology, social media, anything is possible. You don’t have to feel far away from anyone. I’m wondering if that’s good. I’ve never wanted to throw away my phone of course, but I find myself wanting to use it less and be more present.

Finding Friends in a Foreign Land

June 24, 2018

There's a lot of aspects to studying abroad that can be absolutely terrifying – a new country, new customs, new foods, new time zone. Yet so many people ignore one of the most common problems of studying abroad that students run into: loneliness.

Studying abroad doesn't come with a friend guaruntee. Granted, many people choose to pursue study abroad with their friends, but for the majority of us, we are thrust into a whole new world without any idea who we will be discovering this world with.

99 Problems and Money Guilt is One

June 14, 2018

They say that money buys you happiness, but does it also tell you it can buy you guilt as well? Keep on reading to hear about my struggle of being stuck in the middle of learning to enjoy new experiences but also being constrained by the values from my Asian American upbringing.

Financing Your Foreign Fancies

May 22, 2018

Here I am, terrified, 3 days away from my travel to an entirely new world (or so it seems to little old me). For most of my life, I’ve been rather stagnant – born in Houston, TX, moved a whopping two hours away to Austin, and remained there for college as well. For me, travel never was much of a reality due to my financial situation. However, upon deciding to make the financially responsible decision to stay in my hometown for college, I knew that studying abroad was an absolute necessity for me to balance that out. Yet, the question of how to afford it lingered heavy in my mind.

From pennies to plane tickets

May 20, 2018

Entering college, study abroad wasn’t even a blip on my horizon. I was focused on feverishly securing multiple jobs and affording my looming tuition bill on my meager salary and non-existent family financial support.


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