…Are you planning to study abroad? (x) yes ( ) no
…Do you have a smart phone or are you planning to buy one? (x) yes ( ) no
If your answer is YES to these questions, keep reading…
Traveling to a different country can be pretty scary, yes it is! You’ll be experiencing a different zone, a different weather, possibly learning a new language, using an unfamiliar currency and calling back home to check-in might be too expensive. For these and other reasons we’ve considered to detail you a list of the 5 Best Apps For Students Studying Abroad to make your study abroad experience perfect.
Finding your way around a new city, let alone a new country, can be scary. This is why the free to download WhereToGo app is an extremely useful tool when studying abroad. If you need to find a bar, supermarket, pharmacy or train station, WhereToGo offers you a way. It works anywhere in the world and has 500 location categories, meaning you can find pretty much anything. Not only is it extremely useful, but it is clear and easy to use, with turn-by-turn directions leading you to your chosen destination. And for those students who want some unpredictable exploration in their new city, it has a Shake-to-Suggest feature.
It’s always nice to hear a familiar voice. Skype can be downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad and allows you to call, video call or instant message anyone else with Skype completely free. As well as this, it allows you to call and text people in your contacts at extremely low rates, meaning you won’t get hit with the normally astronomical overseas phone charges.
Want to send a personal postcard from wherever you are in the world? All you have to do is take a picture or you can pick your fav from Facebook, Instagram etc..and use this app to send a real paper postcard to friends and family back at home. You can add a caption and customize the postcard too.
From the app website: “Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!” I like it because it allows study abroad students to leave copies of their passport and other important documents in a place that is secure and always accessible. Don’t think you will ever lose that passport while abroad? It happens more than you think and this can be a lifesaver.
This might sound too obvious but this is a popular app for a reason. It works even with your data roaming turned off – you just have to load up the map while you have Wi-Fi and then you can go off and it uses your cellular info (no cost to you) to mark your spot on the map – GREAT for figuring out where you are compared to where you need to go! You can’t search for things without Wi-Fi, so you just have to search before you leave your Wi-Fi. HOWEVER, sometimes you need to just put down your phone and ask people as it’s faster and more fun.