Getting Started: How to Study Abroad

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You’re thinking of studying abroad but aren’t sure where to start or if it’s really right for you.

Deciding if, where and how to study abroad is easier than you may think. While you’re feeling pretty overwhelmed right now, after reading this blog post about getting started on planning a trip abroad, your mind will be a new level of calm.

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We’re here to help you prepare for your trip overseas in the hopes of learning a new language that will benefit your future.

Decide if studying abroad is right for you

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First, you need to decide if studying abroad is the right fit for you.

When you break it down, studying abroad means moving to a new country, living in a city where you don’t speak the native language, you don’t know anyone and are going back to school.

That sounds a little intimidating, but let’s read between the lines.

If you’re interested in seeing the world, learning a new language, meeting new people and bettering your C.V. and work experience, this is what studying abroad gives you.

We suggest watching some of Keats School testimonials on our website. This will show you the whole range of people who come to Kunming, China to study Mandarin. If you can relate to any of these students, this might be the opportunity for you.

Decide where to study abroad & when

A temple in Kunming, China

When you decide that studying abroad is for you, it’s time to think about where to study and when to book your flight for.

There are many different places all over the world that offer study abroad courses.

Keats School has been a leading Mandarin learning school since it was founded in 2004. Kunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. The city has a population of 6 million people and is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in China.

Did you know that in China more than 320,000 students from over 180 countries come to study Chinese?

Every year students travel to China to study at Keats School and 40% of those students are returning for another year of studying.

When it comes to booking your trip overseas, think about your schooling and work schedule. When will you be able to take time off? When do programs start at your preferred school? How long is your preferred program?

Kunming, China has the nickname “Spring City of China”, which means it’s nice year around. This allows for people to travel to Kunming any month of the year and thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and the schooling.

Other cities may not have an eternal spring temperature, so be sure to check year-round weather and when course options start.

Decide what language will benefit you

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There are currently over 6,909 living languages according to the Ethnologue catalog. That’s a lot of choices!

We may be a little biased, but we believe learning Mandarin will have the most benefits for your future.

Why may you ask?

More than one billion people speak Chinese and of those, 873,000,000 speak Mandarin. It’s the language of business, education, and tourism. That means at some point in your life and career you will more than likely do business with someone whose first language is Mandarin.

If you’re fluent in Mandarin it will make communication easier and your manager will be thankful for your past international experience.

In addition to that, research has shown that Mandarin, Polish and Spanish are the best three languages for professionals to study.

Decide what study program you’d like to apply for

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Okay, you’ve decided you want to study abroad, you’ve picked Kunming, China as your location and now you’re thinking… “what programs are offered in Kunming, China?"

As the leading language school in Kunming, Keats School offers eight different language courses. Each course offers specific options, customized plans, flexible start dates and full services like food and accommodation.

The most successful and popular class is the intensive one-on-one. This program allows for you to sit down with your teacher and create a personal study plan. You can tell them what’s important to you and the teacher will match your learning needs in the best way possible.

Study programs available at Keats School in Kunming, China

The intensive one-on-one also has an anytime start day and has the option of food and accommodation as well.

Tell your family and employer

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Once you’ve checked off each of these to-do’s, it’s time to tell your family your heading off to study. We’re sure that your family will miss you while you’re away, but they’ll be proud and excited for your experiences overseas and growing your education.

After telling your family, it’s time to ask for the time off. Whether you’re interning during your summer break from college or working part time at an industry company during school, you’re going to have to ask for the time off work.

The best way to ask for time off is to create a proposal letter that explains why you’re asking for this time off. We’ve created a proposal template that’s downloadable, a fill in the blank document just for you.

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Download this document, fill in your personal information and give it to your manager.

After your time off has been approved, it’s time to click the apply button and start your adventure!

To learn more about Keats School or apply online, click here.

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