What’s up everybody! It’s Alex and Marko, the Vagabrothers sitting down with our good friend, Hey Nadine Hello! and today we’re going to talk about how to study abroad. Alright, so we’re making this video because six months ago we were all invited to the White House to be part of this big Travel Bloggers’ Summit on Studying Abroad and Global Citizenship because studying abroad and learning other languages, learning about the world is an increasingly essential skill for our generation. That’s why they brought us in, the Travel Blogging Crew! because we know the hacks to help you guys get started. So, lets do that! Have any of you guys ever studied abroad? Ahh… No But I’ve had several friends that have studied abroad I think… you I have studied abroad! Long story short, studying abroad is good because it opens you up to finding out more about yourself, and finding out more about different cultures around the world and also like, learn new languages it’s also a big thing specially if you’re going to a non-English speaking country. I studied abroad in New Zealand and technically they speak English, but I pretty much learned a different language down there as well. Kiwi Keen as bro It gives you a chance to also travel while you’re in school as well, because you don’t have to wait ’til you’re finished. You can have fun and learn at the same time. That’s why you watch Vagabrothers though, right? So… Of course! Right now, only about 10% of Americans are studying abroad, right? Right, yeah. There’s 10% of Americans studying abroad, and 3/4 of them are white, and over 63% study in Europe. So that means that there’s not enough people studying abroad and they’re all kind of going to the same places. Ok, so now that you’ve decided you want to study abroad, what are some of the barriers that you are going to face? Well, there are some barriers that are real and there are some that are perceived. So, starting with the perceptions. I mean, one of the most common ones is that, you know, you’re going to be away from family and friends. So what do you do about family and friends? Is it really that bad to be away from Mom and Dad for a while? Skype! 21st century you guys! Your iPhone, probably sends iMessage. Another one, people might say that living abroad can be intimidating. What would you guys say to that? Definitely! But in a good way, right? In a very good way. I think it’s good to put yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. It’s how you learn and grow as a person. Money…money So, the biggest is that thing people say: “I can’t afford to live abroad” “I can’t afford to study abroad”. There’re some great scholarships that we found out about from this conference, and we’re going to make a blog post with all the information. So check the info box and you’ll see a blog post, especially the Gilman Scholarship which gives you, if you have a Pell Grant or you’re on financial aid, it’ll be the same exact cost to study abroad. So see more info down below. A lot of countries, these are in Europe in Scandinavia, etc. that you can get your entire education paid for for free. I think that’s worth pausing. Entire education paid for for free! So if you’re worrying about going to school in America period, paying tons of money, getting in student debt, going to study abroad in Europe could be a great option for you. Germany Germany has one of the best all around programs. Finland We love Finland You can get a free education there. Same with Norway, but you have to pay for the cost of living. And that could be really expensive. It’s a bit pricey It is a bit pricey, but, if you weigh out the total cost of how much your education and your cost of living would be together then it’s way cheaper Also you get the chance to visit the Nordic countries, which are beautiful! So now the fun question, right? Where to study abroad? Most people actually go to three countries: the UK, Spain and Italy. But we’re all about expanding your horizons here. So we’re going to give you a rundown of some cool place to go. So let’s start off with… what? China! I have no idea I’ve never been to China So where would you guys, both of you have been to China, where would you recommend? Shanghai, Hong Kong Beijing, Chengdu Chengdu, Fudan There’s a lot of universities in China and China’s going to be a really important country in the next century. So it’s going to be really important to speak Chinese to understand that culture. Asia! So, in Asia we’ve got what? I think one of the coolest places is Singapore. Singapore! It’s English speaking. So if you guys are worried about going to another like, studying abroad and not knowing the language or you’re uncomfortable with learning another language like, right off the bat English, Singapore English And it’s right in the center in the middle of Asia. You can go and take weekend trips to Vietnam, and Cambodia, and Thailand because they’re so central. It’s a really great place. Yeah, that’s a great point. Definitely, try to make yourself a base where you can explore the rest of the region, wherever you go. Brazil is blowing up. Yeah, Rio Sao Paulo Buenos Aires Costa Rica is going Ecuador etc etc All these places that we’ve been mentioning, they’re really really set up for tourism in general. Whenever you go there, they’re going to set you up they’re going to help you get your foot started You’ll pick it up, you’ll meet friends There will be other English speaking friends there, most likely. But also make an effort to try to connect with locals and make friends with other students who are from there because those relationships are the ones that are going to get you those experiences that you’ll never forget and that you won’t be able to get just by making friends with other people from your program. Alright, anyways if you’re like Nadine and I and did not study abroad there’s still an opportunity when you graduate college to work abroad. So we’re also talking about that. We’re doing a collaboration So… On my channel! Yeah. We’re going to talk about working abroad. Or all the non-students. Or all the people who have finished school. Yes Alright, so head over there. Check out the video on Nadine’s channel. As always, if you enjoyed the video make sure you give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every Tuesday. OK, stay tuned to the videos in the link and Nadine thank you for being on our channel. Well, thank you very much for having me. Ciao, ciao Bye! So today I’m joined with the Vagabrothers Hello! Greetings Again… and we are going to tell you guys a bit of everything of what you need to know. Give me some questions… What you need to know and what you don’t need to know about working abroad.