Going abroad? There are plenty of tools you can use to help make the most of your time studying or working abroad. Here are our top picks for the best study abroad apps during your overseas adventures:
It can be difficult being in a foreign country, far away from friends or family. Most students don’t use an international data plan, as they can get pretty pricey, so be sure to download an app like WhatsApp. WhatsApp is very popular in Europe and allows users to message your friends for free over wifi. Or if you have an iPhone, it could be easier to just use iMessage and Facetime, but any platform like WhatsApp, GroupMe, Viber, or Skype to freely communicate with people internationally is a must-have while abroad.
2) Google Translate
Unless you’re studying abroad in the United Kindgom or Ireland, you will most likely need a study abroad app to help you translate everything. That’s assuming you’re an American going abroad of course. Whether you’re studying Spanish, French, German, Italian, or any other language under the sun, be sure to have some type of translator or dictionary app to help you out.
A huge part of being abroad is just traveling cheaply to some nearby (or far-flung) destinations, especially if you’re studying in Europe. Skyscanner is definitely one of the best study abroad apps by helping you find cheap flights by combining different airline prices. Or, if you have flexible dates or aren’t sure where you want to go, use Hitlist to find the cheapest nearby countries to visit. Trust us, with so many budget airlines and amazing cities to see, it’ll be frequently used!
While you’re abroad, you don’t want to deal with paying bills in different currencies and trying to multiply things by 1.2 when you repaying someone for a beer. Venmo is probably an app you already have, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be important during your time away. Split bills with friends and try to deal with the fewest amount of physical currencies you can.
Whether you are focused on your studies or not, Evernote can help organize it all a bit better. We know- your semester abroad usually isn’t the one where you are super concerned with your studies (our founder failed all of his classes while abroad), but Evernote can help you take notes, keep track of HW and tasks, and better prepare you to ace your tests. So even if studying isn’t a priority, give Evernote a try. Your parents will appreciate it!
Well, this is another app that isn’t unique to study abroad (there only is one app uniquely focused on study abroad…) but Instagram can definitely help inspire some travels. Follow the accounts of some travel bloggers, get some wanderlust feelings, and then book some flights. Also this is a great way to be the envy of your friends back home!
Last but not least – yours truly. Out of all best study abroad apps, Rayka is the only one solely focused on enhancing your time abroad. We let students more easily find the best restaurants, bars, things to do, and much more by letting them see the recommendations and favorite places of past students. In cities around the world, Rayka can help you more easily find the best places to go during your study abroad.