Steps to staying in touch

Ways to keep in touch while studying abroad

by Czech College / Monday, 13 July 2015 / Published in Study in Czech Republic

When you start studying abroad – miles and miles away form you home , separated by an ocean, continent  with a different language and culture, you might find that keeping in touch with friends and family is a challenge. Though it may seem difficult, especially if there is no consistent access to Wi-Fi, there are several things you can do to ensure you don’t lose contact with the ones you love. E-mail, Facebook, blogging, snail mail, prepaid phone cards and free telephone services provide numerous options for staying connected during your study abroad program.

Despite the felicity that comes along with living in the present, it is crucial to include friends and family in your adventure abroad. They want to know and understand what you are going through; the people you are meeting, the exotic foods you are eating, the monuments and natural beauty you are seeing and the (hopefully) delicious and strange treats you are smelling… everything! 

How to be in touch

Email – As a study abroad student, between attending classes, embracing cultural events, making new friends and traveling, you are undoubtedly living a busy life. If writing responses at your leisure appeals to you, then e-mail is probably the best option. If you have Gmail, you can also use gchat and hangout  simultaneously to converse and see face to face. 

Use Facebook – Of course, Facebook is full of endless possibilities and allows you to share your life with others, and theirs with you. If you are concerned about keeping in touch, it may be a smart idea to start a group and invite friends and family. You can post periodic updates about your life, photos, entertaining or educational videos, express your passions and even your address. Facebook is probably the best choice if you are looking to stay up to date with friends and family. It makes keeping in touch during your study abroad easy as pie; you will feel like you were at that party, and they will feel like they are traveling with you.

Try Blogging – Do you enjoy writing? If so, blogging is a wonderful way to reflect on all that you are encountering during your experience. Not only does it provide friends and family with the opportunity to journey with you, but it also is an excellent account of daily life in your temporary home. Though you may think you will never forget your time as a study abroad student, as the days, months and years come and go, so do the memories. Therefore, by keeping a blog, you will be able to preserve the memories you are making, and recreate the feelings you felt simply by reading.

Snail (postal) Mail – Never thought you’d be back to writing letters, did you? Indeed, letters seem to be a lost art these days. However, don’t you feel an inner happiness when you receive a letter, out of the blue? There is something magical about it; it is mysterious and rare. By sending snail mail, be it postcards, notes or regular old letters, you are reminding those you love that you are thinking of them at unexpected moments, and you are keeping in touch during your study abroad in an exciting way. Likewise, if you are writing letters, hopefully those you write will return the favor, and you, too, will have a random magical moment! Postcards are particularly delightful, as you can show what you have seen and where you have been. 

Prepaid Phone Cards – As a study abroad student, you will come to learn that acquiring Wi-Fi is frequently easier said than done. Therefore, it is important to recognize that there are other ways you can speak with your friends and family, besides your iPhone. For example, you can purchase a prepaid phone card. While the price per minute varies depending on the country, it is straightforward to use and there are no additional charges, except what you originally pay for the card. You can even add money to your card and continue to use it if you choose!

Telephone Services – These services are the most direct option, as you can make phone calls and text. WhatsApp is an excellent alternative to texting, as it is a messenger on your phone. You can send photos, videos and recently the have started voice call as well. Viber and Magic Jack both offer free phone calls to some countries, while Skype serves as a messenger, and allows both voice and video calls. Beware, though, these services all require Wi-Fi, unless you have a good data plan in your present phone.

Challenges faced in Keeping in touch

While the aforementioned options may seem feasible in an ideal world, it is important to acknowledge that staying connected during your study abroad program can be influenced by other unpredictable factors. Some common challenges may include:

Poor Wi-Fi Connection
Depending on your location, it may be extremely difficult to obtain Internet. If you are not able to get Wi-Fi where you are staying, hopefully there is an Internet café or someplace nearby you can visit.

Flakey Friends and Family
Sometimes it can be difficult to keep in touch with everyone. You may be really good at keeping in touch, but your friends and/or family may not, and vice versa. Don’t let it affect the relationship. Instead, discuss how you can improve the communication; maybe setting a certain time each week to speak, for example.

Time Zones
It can be awfully frustrating to coordinate a Skype date or make a phone call with a time difference. It may seem impossible, but it is definitely doable. If the time change is so extreme, for example, 12 hours, consider the other forms of communication, such as e-mail, Facebook or snail mail. 

Czech College

Czech College in Prague is a private management school focused on teaching Business in English.Despite the distinctively Czech names of its corporate backers, the school prides itself on its international nature.

Enroll in a course at the prestigious Czech College, choosing to study in English, and at the same time explore the the dynamics of the country, its culture.

Take advantage of Prague’s central location in order to see the many cultural sites of Czech Republic and other European cities such as Budapest, Vienna, Krakow, or Berlin which are just a train or bus ride away.

At present Czech College offers following business oriented courses to International Students . And the academic section is working on many more courses that will be introduced next year.

Course Name             Level                                 Intakes                               Progression
PGDSM                    Postgraduate              July/Nov/Feb                                 MBA
UGDBM                   Undergraduate          July/Nov/Feb                                 BBA

Contact Czech College, if you are  thinking of studying in Europe . We will be happy to help you with your queries.