How can I go abroad

8 options for your time abroad

You have probably thought about going abroad for a while before. A stay abroad will not only help you to learn a foreign language faster, but you will also gain important experience for the future. “But how do you get abroad?” You will ask yourself. I have listed some tips here on how schoolchildren, high school graduates and students can travel to foreign countries cheaply and safely and discover new cultures.

1. The classic: a language course abroad

You can take a language course in almost all cool cities around the world - whether London, Paris, Barcelona, ​​New York or Tokyo, there is sure to be the right destination for you. When choosing the course location, it naturally also depends on which language you want to learn. You can also determine the length and intensity of the course yourself. If you want to learn a language in a relaxed manner during the holidays, it is best to only attend class for a few hours a day. But if you want to take a language exam, an intensive course and a longer time abroad are worthwhile.

2. For career-oriented people: the internship abroad

After finishing school or during your studies, an internship abroad is a good choice. In this way, you prove not only to yourself, but also to your future employer that you can manage independently in a foreign country and at the same time you have gained some work experience. In addition to more self-confidence and plus points for the application portfolio, you will also gain a lot of experience and make new friends.

3. The semester abroad: Time out from everyday university life

A semester abroad is particularly recommended after the first two semesters or the bachelor's degree. Then you already had enough time to settle in at the university and to acquire the first important knowledge in your degree program. During the semester abroad, you will continue to attend courses relevant to your degree program and get to know everyday university life in another country. You will also make friends with the local students and immerse yourself in a different culture and way of life.

4. Live locally: Go to school abroad

One of the best ways to go abroad as a student or high school graduate is through a student exchange. So you can live in the country of your choice for half a year or a full year, attend a local school there and perfect your language skills with ease. The USA and Great Britain are particularly popular exchange year destinations, as there are not only countless exciting cities here, but also an excellent school system. If you want to go abroad for a longer period of time, then international boarding schools abroad are exactly the right thing for you. Here, too, you can immerse yourself in the authentic life in a foreign country, improve your language skills and even obtain an internationally recognized school leaving certificate, such as the IB or A-Level.

5. Immerse yourself in family life as an au pair

Many young women are drawn abroad as au pairs. You live there with a host family and look after the children. The prerequisite is that you are between 18-26 years old and can prove that you have already worked as a babysitter or in a kindergarten. Young men can also apply, but most au pairs are female. An au pair stay can be very useful if you later want to work as an educator, teacher or social worker. But it is also a good opportunity to go abroad for a longer period of time if you are short of money, because as an au pair you will be provided with accommodation and you will receive pocket money.

6. For the adventurers: Work & Travel

If you are more adventurous, Work & Travel is for you! You go to a foreign country with little luggage and live there e.g. in a youth hostel or in a mobile home. In the meantime you work as a farm helper, office helper, cashier, waiter or in a call center. If you don't feel like staying in one place anymore, you just keep traveling and discover even more of your travel destination. Work & Travel is possibly the most arduous way to go abroad, but it is also the one where you enjoy the most freedom.

7. The mini-stay abroad: summer schools

Summer schools are a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the student life of another university or even a college abroad during the summer holidays and to get to know students from other universities. The concept originates from the USA, but is also becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Students and professors meet at a university during the semester break to discuss a specific topic. In addition to seminars, excursions are usually also on the program.

8. Volunteering - helping others

Many institutions are always looking for volunteers who spend a while abroad for charitable purposes. For example, it is possible to support animal welfare in Spain or to assist the protégés in an African SOS Children's Village. Or you can help environmental organizations keep the streets clean in a Latin American country. There are all sorts of social institutions that would be very happy about your commitment.

So you can see that there are many options open to you when you are drawn into the distance. But only you can decide what is right for you!