How to save money
while taking an internship abroad ?
Similar to any other endeavor taken on by individuals out of their own country, you would have to shoulder your own expenses while taking an internship abroad. The only exception is if you will taking an internship under a grant or a scholarship. Even then, not all your expenses will be shouldered by your sponsor – a percentage of your living needs will still come from your own pocket.
So what are the costs related to taking an internship abroad that you need to prepare for? Take a look at the following list:
If you must eat out, know where the locals hang out because these are where the food is cheap and delicious. When taking an internship abroad, it does pay to pack the lightest, most casual clothes that you can bring which are weather-appropriate. Whatever else you lack, you can always hunt for at the local thrift shops.
It will be very costly for a student to maintain a car so taking local public transport is your best option for getting from point A to point B. If the city has a subway, familiarize yourself with its routes. You can also rent a bike, ride the bus or check out the other local transportation options.
You should also learn where the local watering holes are and know when happy hour is held so that you can save on drinks. Don’t forget to use student discounts when frequenting entertainment establishments, and always be on the lookout for free events like outdoor concerts, music festivals, free shows for students, park events, etc.
When riding a public bus, always flash your student ID so that you can take advantage of proper discounts. The same thing holds true when you’re going to the movie theatre, a club where you can get some drinks, diners, restaurants, and other business establishments.
Use Skype, Whatsapp, Wiber, Google hangouts or similar apps to get in touch with family and friends back home. No matter which major city it is that you are taking an internhsip in, there’s bound to be easy access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Use online chat and calling systems instead of your mobile phone to get in touch with people back home, so that you would not have to pay astronomical phone bills.
Taking an internship abroad is a very exhilarating adventure. By following these tips, you can save money and live quite comfortably while enjoying your journey as a student in a foreign country.