#AbroadonBudget Twitter Chat

Did you miss our Twitter chat Thursday on how to study abroad on a budget? No sweat, you can check out the entire discussion below. Most importantly, you can learn more here on how you can use GoEnnounce to fundraise for an upcoming trip abroad.

Also, a big thanks to our experts at StudyAbroad.com, Noodle Education, and College Prowler and all those that participated!

 @GoEnnounce:
Welcome to the #AbroadOnBudget twitter chat with @StudyingAbroad @NoodleEducation & CollegeProwler, ask us your questions now!

@GoEnnounce:
We will be moderating the chat. Tweet us your questions with #AbroadOnBudget and we’ll ask the experts!

@GoEnnounce:
Q1. I’m just starting to plan my trip on a budget—what should I do first? #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Choose a program type/destination & see if you can apply your current financial aid to the program (ow.ly/mbByG) #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#AbroadonBudget Q1: It helps to have a stake in the ground around which to make a decision re: location; college credit; or timing.

@GoEnnounce:
Before you travel, create a budget and stick to it. #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce We’d recommend talking to the school rep or other students and ask them initial ?’s. #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Look into buying an International Student ID Card. It gives students discounts on travel, sightseeing, & food #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
You can also take advantage of shorter programs. Some helpful tips are here: ow.ly/lVkWV #Abroadonbudget

@GoEnnounce:
Good thoughts all! Q2. Where can I find scholarships to help me pay for my trip abroad? #AbroadOnBudget 

@GreenFairyDC:
@GoEnnounce What are some successful ways to fund study abroad trips? #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Q2: Scholarships may be available to those that qualify – you can find a list of scholarships here: ow.ly/mbC4b #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #AbroadonBudget, there are ways to fund it beforehand (aid, scholarship) and ways to live more frugally when you’re there

@GoEnnounce:
@StudyingAbroad We second that! We love @StudyingAbroad‘s list! #AbroadOnBudget

@Cethxygirl:
#abroadonbudget I’m Cindy Osorio and I want to learn more about you guys!!

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce #AbroadOnBudget We have lots of #scholarships, with different filters by interest/major/sports/etc. collegeprowler.com/scholarships/

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #AbroadonBudget, for ex: choose a dorm over an apartment, or live with a host family where meals are included.

@GoEnnounce:
@collegeprowler Awesome list there too! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@Cethxygirl Welcome Cindy! Ask us your questions! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Let’s take a question from @GreenFairyDC, Q3 What are some successful ways to fund study abroad trips? #AbroadOnBudget

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q2 Depending on your major, great scholarships might be available for your interests! like Classics: bit.ly/14Mtfcb

@GreenFairyDC:
@NoodleEducation @GoEnnounce While abroad, I might be tempted to spend a lot of money. Do you have tips to live frugally? #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@StudyReviews Good tip, @Megan! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Q3. @GreenFairyDC, GoEnnounce lets you fundraise for school-related costs, like #studyabroad. bit.ly/17q2wpM #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce Q3 Maybe look for local sponsors from friends, family, & local businesses. Many pple want to support ur growth! #AbroadOnBudget

@GreenFairyDC:
If you have plans to study abroad and have questions, join the Twitter chat going on right now to get your answers! #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #AbroadonBudget Definitely! For ex, use Skype instead of a phone to keep in touch with loves ones at home.

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #AbroadonBudget. Also, call your credit card company beforehand to tell them you’ll be abroad.

@GoEnnounce:
Let’s talk food! Q4. I’m not much of a cook—but I know eating out while I’m studying abroad is expensive—what can I do? #AbroadOnBudget

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
@NoodleEducation #abroadonbudget Living frugally has advantages! Hospitality exchanges make travel cheap bit.ly/SLZlhQ

@GreenFairyDC:
@GoEnnounce What if a study abroad program doesn’t provide housing? Where can I find cheap housing in a foreign country? #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Q4 Either learn to cook, try “street meat”, or raid the hostel buffet! Read more about it here: ow.ly/mbCz5 #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
@GoEnnounce #Abroadonbudget Q4: Ramen Noodles 🙂

@NoodleEducation:
#AbroadonBudget, Q4: Go to the cheaper places, like your university’s cafeteria. Two birds, 1 stone: cheaper food + socializing.

@collegeprowler;
@GoEnnounce Q4 Make some local friends and hope they invite you to dinner. Home-cooked meals always win. #AbroadOnBudget

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q4. If you’re the type that burns popcorn, street food is the way to go. Also, we can’t say this loud enough, HOT SAUCE!

@GoEnnounce:
You guys are making us hungry! #abroadonbudget

@GoEnnounce:
Q5 @Cethxygirl would like to know how she can get more people to help her fund her trip abroad! Advice? #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget Q5: Use GoEnnounce, & get people invested in your goal by talking about it & what it will do for your educational goals.

@GoEnnounce:
@Cethxygirl we think by using your social network like you are now, you’re on the right track! #AbroadOnBudget Q5

@StudyingAbroad:
Q5 Check out @GoEnnounce! And make sure you tell everyone about your trip! #AbroadOnBudget

@LaurenLongino:
@GoEnnounce @Cethxygirl If you’re doing an exchange, check w/foreign college for travel scholarships. #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@Cethxygirl Reach out to family and friends and share your personal story about why you need help! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@LaurenLongino Good idea, Lauren! #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget@Cethxygirl here’s an interesting article on the benefit of making your goals public: http://lifehacker.com/5893162/how-to-work-towards-and-achieve-your-goals-in-public

@GoEnnounce:
Q6 I haven’t picked my destination yet. Are there certain cities that are cheaper for #studyabroad trips? #AbroadOnBudget

@GreenFairyDC:
@GoEnnounce How much spending money do you suggest students bring with them #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Q6 Check the exchange rate for countries you’re interested in. Currently SE Asia & India are fairly affordable. #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce Q6 Talk to your school as they might have a program that makes one city more affordable than another. #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Let’s take a q from @haleybw11: Q7 Do most abroad programs allow credits to transfer? If not, is it still worth it? #AbroadOnBudget

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q6 also take a look at numbeo.com that estimates cost of living in different countries and cities

@NoodleEducation:
@StudyReviews Great resource – thanks for the tip! #Abroadonbudget

@LaurenLongino:
#AbroadOnBudget Q6 Usually…more developed = more expensive, less developed = less expensive, factor in the exchange rate and voila!

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q7 @haleybw11 Most programs offer transfer credit & many universities are flexible with a little advanced planning.

@NoodleEducation:
#abroadonbudget @haleybw11 Check w/school if the credits are accepted. SA is life-changing, so with the right planning, it’s still worth it.

@GoEnnounce:
@haleybw11 check with your school 1st, most accredited programs do! & check to see if your school offers their own programs. #abroadonbudget 

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget @haleybw11 A lot of ple, even celebrities, found studying abroad to be very beneficial: ow.ly/lVnba

@GoEnnounce:
Q8. What’s the cheapest way to have cell phone access? #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@haleybw11: Q7 Most schools only really promote programs that work with their current education requirements. #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#AbroadonBudget Q6: One way is to bring your own GSM phone & buy a local SIM card. Make sure the phone is on operable on the local frequency

@StudyingAbroad:
Q8 Purchase a GSM international cell phone and a prepaid SIM card. More info here: ow.ly/mbG7b #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Take advantage of #Skype. It’s FREE! 🙂 #AbroadOnBudget

@LaurenLongino:
@NoodleEducation That’s usually what I do. Also, use missed calls to friends to signal things like “I’m here”. #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce #AbroadOnBudget Q8 There are also products that specialize in int’l wireless/cell access. xcomglobal.com/what-we-do

@NoodleEducation:
@LaurenLongino #AbroadonBudget: Great idea! Incoming AND outgoing calls are charged in a lot of other countries – great tip.

@GoEnnounce:
@LaurenLongino Great idea. #AbroadOnBudget 

@TheAbroadGuide:
@goennounce A8: Purchase a sim card and cheapo phone in your #abroad country. #AbroadonBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Let’s go back to a question from @GreenFairyDC, Q9: How much spending money do you suggest students bring with them #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@TheAbroadGuide Good one! #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget @GreenFairyDC Depends on the city. Do a rough calc of food, transportation, & socializing per week & multiple by # of weeks

@TheAbroadGuide:
A9: Not a ton, enough for first days (food shopping + deposits), then use a debit card to get more. Don’t carry too much $ ! #abroadonbudget

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #abroadonbudget. Don’t bring it all in cash, tho. Make sure you can access your back acct at home or set up new one.

@NoodleEducation:
@GreenFairyDC #abroadonbudget ATM fees can be high so watch out, but banks like HSBC, which are global, might have better options

@TheAbroadGuide:
A9: TOTAL spending money? Depends on the country and the student, like @noodleeducation said! #abroadonbudget

@GoEnnounce:
@GreenFairyDC Noodle is right, find out the cost of items in your city and then calculate it per week. #AbroadOnBudget Q9

@LaurenLongino:
@GreenFairyDC Never carry large amounts of cash, know ATM/bank fees, always budget more than you think you’ll need. #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Q9 It really depends on the city/length of time you’re there. Here are some budgeting tips: studyabroad.com/articles/creat… #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
@LaurenLongino @GreenFairyDC So true! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Q10. Can I work while I’m abroad? #AbroadOnBudget

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q9 And leave some space to re-asses. Once you arrive, you may discover a new addiction to empanadas or the local museums

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce @GreenFairyDC #AbroadOnBudget Q9 Depends on the person, too. Ask ppl who’ve studied abroad what they spent. Will help u plan.

@LaurenLongino:
Q10 Depends on the place, but you can always intern. What a great way to show an employer you’re adaptive and proactive! #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Only a few more minutes left in #AbroadOnBudget Twitter chat– ask the experts your questions now!

@GoEnnounce:
Q11. I’m going to Florence, but want to travel around Europe while I’m there—is it possible on a budget? #AbroadOnBudget

@StudyingAbroad:
Q10 There are various intern abroad programs! ow.ly/mbGJZ #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
RT @CampusSlice: You can use @CampusSlice to crowdfund your college tuition! Then the money saved can go to studying abroad #AbroadOnBudget 

@StudyingAbroad:
Q11 Of course! You can use your ISIC or ISE Card to get a discount on travel. Learn more here: ow.ly/mbHWo #AbroadOnBudget

@GoEnnounce:
Ok, last few pieces of advice before we wrap it up, GO! #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget Def possible to travel. Use RyanAir, MonarchAir, etc. Your student ID gets major discounts in Europe

@GoEnnounce:
Here’s one of our favorite study abroad budget guides from @StudyingAbroad: bit.ly/105gqIh #AbroadOnBudget 

Megan Lee@StudyReviews:
#AbroadOnBudget Q11 Heck yeah! Here are some resources on getting dirt-cheap flights | bit.ly/YvKQDy

@GoEnnounce:
@NoodleEducation Good one! We used RyanAir before and it was great! #AbroadOnBudget

@NoodleEducation:
#Abroadonbudget: Most important thing is to find the program that’s right for you. Do your research & take advantage of online search tools

@CampusSlice:
Hey followers @GoEnnounce had a good #twitter convo about #AbroadOnBudget #today

@GoEnnounce:
RT @CampusSlice: #Tips to save $ abroad are to get a student discount card & stay in hostels when possible #abroadonbudget

@GoEnnounce:
That’s the conclusion of our #AbroadOnBudget chat! Thanks @StudyingAbroad @CollegeProwler & @NoodleEducation for your great advice!

@GoEnnounce:
Please feel free to reach out to any of us with more questions. Bon Voyage! #AbroadOnBudget

@collegeprowler:
@GoEnnounce @StudyingAbroad @NoodleEducation #AbroadOnBudget A helpful post on #studyabroad programs. Good luck! http://www.gooverseas.com/8-colleges-best-study-abroad-programs

@GreenFairyDC:
Thanks to @GoEnnounce @NoodleEducation @collegeprowler @StudyingAbroad and everyone else for the helpful hints on studying #AbroadOnBudget

Thanks again to all of our participants. Stay tuned for our next Twitter chat topic!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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