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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study abroad?

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Everyone has different experiences and reasons for studying abroad. Some students will study abroad to further their understanding and also gain experience in their field, acquire practical language ability and gain intercultural competence and interpersonal skills, or simply immerse themselves in another culture and society, while others wish to discover a new career path or collect new ‘unique selling points’ for a job interview – or all of the above.

For Benefits of Study Abroad and Why to Study Abroad with Global Learning, find out more from HERE.

Who is a ”free mover”?

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A “free mover” is someone who cannot find a suitable study abroad program or destination through their home institution’s exchange or study abroad programs. It is also someone who has applied for a place, but has not received it and therefore is looking for a program on his or her own. Free movers must adhere to the same rules as all other exchange students when it comes to making their study plans and meeting their home institution’s requirements about the quality and quantity of their studies abroad. The study program, which you intend to complete at your host university, can be included into your degree in the same way as with traditional exchange programs like Erasmus, DAAD, or through bilateral agreements.

Who can apply?

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Whether you are currently studying at an institute of higher education, such as university, plan to conduct in-country research/fieldwork or have already graduated or are a young employed professional, you will surely be able to choose a study abroad program designed by Global Learning that meets your needs.

Are you studying at a university, college or another institute of higher education?

Anyone who is enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate program at a college or a university can apply for a study abroad program anytime during his or her studies. Global Learning offers a variety of study abroad programs – from short Summer/Winter programs to semester-long programs – which allows for greater flexibility when planning. Although you can apply early in your studies, you should have mastered basic study techniques before going on exchange to make sure that you take out the most from your time abroad. Although many students decide to study abroad during their third year of undergraduate or the first year of graduate studies, it is never too late to go.

Do you want to conduct in-country research or are you writing an Honors/Master’s thesis or a PhD dissertation?

All Global Learning study abroad programs provides an excellent opportunity for graduate and post-graduate students to get a shot of new energy, fresh ideas and inspiration for your thesis or dissertation writing. As a Honors or PhD student, you will benefit from having the chance to gain multiple perspectives from other students and academics from different countries.

Leading academics and experts in our partner universities are available to offer their advice and academic guidance and answer your questions related to your research. Some Honors, MA and PhD students actually use the time spent abroad by undertaking intensive fieldwork or data collection. In fact, many graduate students report an enormous progress toward their theses and dissertations during the time spent studying abroad.

Are you a young professional?

Our programs are well-suited also for young professionals. Global Learning gives young professionals from all over the world the exceptional opportunity to enhance their global and leadership competence while studying abroad in some of the leading educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Global Learning programs focus on various cutting-edge topics in international relations and politics, international business and economics.

As a young professional, you can develop and strengthen your leadership skills by participating in a study abroad program that will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, and learn how to interact with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. An educational opportunity outside your homeland is a valuable tool that will prepare you to participate and lead effectively in an increasingly interconnected international community that demands cross-cultural skills and knowledge. The study abroad experience will give added value to your personal career network and you the chance to stand out.

What are the basic requirements to be a study abroad student?

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  • A minimum age of 18 years
  • A high school diploma or similar certificate
  • Sufficient English language proficiency to participate effectively in the academic studies and function on a day-to-day basis. Although it is not mandatory to present an English language proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL) in order to apply for a study abroad program with Global Learning, fluency in the English language is a must to do well in your studies abroad.

Please note that since students studying at Global Learning’s partner universities are ‘free-movers’, they are not required to be currently enrolled in a university or come from a university with an existing bilateral agreement with one of our host universities.

What courses are most suitable for me to choose?

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The study programs administered by Global Learning are suitable for everyone who is interested in studying in the world’s most dynamic markets and who wishes to broaden his or her horizons and get to know other, namely different Asian, societies and cultures. Although most participants are enrolled in international relations, political science, sociology, media and communications, international economy and business, or other academic disciplines within Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, students of any field of study can apply. In this case, students can pursue the study abroad program as part of their minor and thus learn about contemporary developments and issues in Asia and the region’s role in today’s world. In fact, we encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to take part in our study abroad programs, seek subjects outside their majors and learn more about the world’s most quickly developing region. You simply never know when you get a chance to utilize your skills and knowledge later in your future studies or professional career.

How much is the program fee?

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The fee for one semester at a Global Learning Study Abroad Program is on average 1400 EUR or 1600 USD. The fee for a two-week Summer/Winter International Program is on average 1100 EUR or 1300 USD and this price includes accommodation and some meals. (These prices are subject to fluctuations in exchange rates.)

The exact fees for every university and type of study abroad program offered by Global Learning are listed HERE. In addition, a non-refundable registration fee of 50 EUR will be charged.

What is covered in the program fee?

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The above fees include:

  • Guaranteed placement in the program within a week of submitting the application
  • Application process
  • Registration fee to the university
  • Tuition fee at your host university (approximately XX ECTS/XX US credits per semester or XX ECTS/XX US credits for a two-week Summer/Winter International Program)
  • All excursions and field trips included in the respective programs
  • Accommodation and some meals (applies only for the two-week Summer/Winter International Program)
  • Global Learning’s full guidance and customized services before, during and after the program
  • An official acceptance letter and an official transcript from the host university
  • A dedicated local contact person at the host university at each of our study destinations
  • Airport pickup for all study abroad students
  • Orientation meeting and welcome dinner at the destination

For more detailed information, please see the list HERE.

How much are living costs/what expenses should I prepare for when studying abroad?

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After you pay for the program fee to Global Learning, you will need to buy a flight ticket to your destination and cover your own expenses such as accommodation, food, transportation and free time activities. (Accommodation and some food are included in the fee for the two-week Summer/Winter International Programs!) However, please note that living expenses are generally very low in our study destinations located in Southeast Asia, especially when compared to Europe, North America or Australia. There is naturally no tuition fee that you will have to pay to your host university because this is already included in the program fee.

You can expect to have particularly these main expenses that are not covered by the program fee:

Airfare

Flying from Europe to our Southeast Asian study destinations can be – quite surprisingly – relatively inexpensive, with the prices for a round-trip starting from as low as 450 Euros. This gives students the opportunity to easily plan their travel itineraries, especially since many of them wish to explore Asia before and after the semester.

Medical insurance

In order to ensure that every participant of our study abroad programs will be provided appropriate medical care and treatment, if needed, we require that all students take out a health insurance policy. The cost of enrolling in a medical insurance plan is not included in the program fee. Participation in a health insurance scheme is mandatory and you will be required to provide proof of a sufficient health insurance policy or plan to cover medical expenses during the entire period of study abroad in your chosen destination.

Housing

Global Learning will assist you with all the accommodation arrangements. If students don’t stay at pre-booked dorms on campus, there is a large number of off-campus accommodation options available which cater to all kinds of budgets and preferences. Typically students choose between dormitories, home stays with local families, shared apartments or even luxury tropical villas overlooking the ocean. You can expect to pay around 200 EUR/USD a month for a good-quality accommodation, depending on the destination. (Please note that accommodation and some food are included in the fee for the two-week Summer/Winter International Programs!)

Food and miscellaneous expenses

If you are prepared to eat like a Thai, an Indonesian and Cambodian, you won’t need a big budget – for 200-300 EUR a month, you can enjoy all the delicacies of Asian cuisine! You should remember that – as a general principle – in Thailand, for example, western food is as expensive as Thai food is in your home country. The best rule is ‘go where the students go’!

Local transportation

Local transportation is generally very affordable in all our study destinations. Although taxis are cheap, try to get to know the public transportation system – the latter is not only ecological but also the most economical means of transportation. From Skytrain or BTS in Bangkok, to Kura-Kura or Sarbagita buses in Bali, to bus with open-aired seating areas known as songtaew in Phuket – all will take you from point A to point B around the city or the island in a jiffy!

Scooters and motorbikes are very popular among the locals as well as students in all our study destinations – in Bali or Phuket, the monthly rent for a scooter is about 50 EUR. However, since driving a motorbike is more dangerous than driving a car, we recommend to use scooters or motorbikes only at your own discretion. Last but not the least, getting around the cities and their surrounding areas by walk is not only absolutely free, but it is also a good way to experience the everyday life of the local people and communities.

Personal travel and other free-time activities

Traveling in Asia is very affordable and offers an incredible variety of exciting experiences – you should explore not only your study destination but also venture out well beyond to the neighboring countries in the region and all this adventure can be done while on a student budget. With Bangkok being the unofficial center of Asian air traffic, and with Bali, Phuket and Phnom Penh airports well served by budget airlines (e.g. Air Asia, Nok Air, Lion Air, Scoot) connecting them to major Asian hubs, you can seamlessly move around Southeast Asia while discovering its many natural and cultural wonders.

How long can I study abroad?

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With a variety of programs available, our students have options to study abroad for a period as short as two-weeks or one semester or as long as one academic year. Note that a very high percentage of study abroad participants report that they wish they had gone for a longer term!

Can I go abroad after I graduate?

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Yes! You can study abroad during the summer or winter or for one or more semesters after you graduate from your undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Whether you are not in the process of searching for your first full-time job or you are already employed, being a young professional, you are welcome to apply for one of our programs, all of which are designed to meet also the needs of young professionals.

The study abroad experience will enhance your global and leadership competence while studying various cutting-edge topics in international relations and politics, international business and economics abroad in some of the leading educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Global Learning programs are designed to give added value to your professional career.

Do I have to speak the local language to study abroad?

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Not at all. All our programs and courses at our partner universities are taught in English. However, study abroad is a great time to learn a new language or become more fluent in one you are already studying. There are language intensive programs available for interested students.

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