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9 Apps You Shoud Download If You’re Studying Abroad

9 Apps You Shoud Download If You're Studying Abroad

Studying abroad comes with its special set of challenges: On top of trying to ace your courses, you’re expected to navigate a new city, make a whole new batch of friends, potentially learn a new language, and keep in touch with your loved ones back home. That’s pretty daunting no matter how hard you emotionally prepare yourself. Thankfully, there’s an app to help get you through even the toughest of times overseas. Here, the apps to download to help make your study abroad experience infinitely easier — and more exciting.

Shapr:

Think of it as Tinder for professionals. The app suggests relevant matches based on your professional profile. Anonymously swipe right to connect with students in your field or prospective mentors. Once it’s a match, you’ve found yourself a study buddy.

Words With Friends:

Think of it as Scrabble for millennials. Family game night doesn’t have to end just because you’re not all around one fireplace. Compete against friends while keeping up with them through the chat function. Who knows? You might just meet someone new through their recommended opponent of the day.

BlaBlaCar:

Arguably the best part about studying abroad is having the weekends to roam a new continent. Available throughout Europe and Mexico, the service’s claim to fame is that they’re 75 percent cheaper than a train (for instance, you can get a ride from Bristol to London for around $11). It’s also no secret your Uber driver gets an automatic five stars if they leave you alone after a long day. Here, choose your desired chattiness level to ensure the vibes are just right.

CityMaps2Go:

Sometimes we have to make some tough decisions: Either get lost on your way to an event, or eat up $100 worth of data just to load a map. With this all-in-one travel guide, you can pre-load maps, zoom and search so you end up at your destination in one piece.

Whatsapp:

If you’re not on WhatsApp, it’s assumed you’re communicating with your classmates via carrier pigeon. With 1.2 billion users over 80 countries, it’s become the universal communication platform. In an outing with your new pals, be sure to enable the live location feature so you all stick together.

MealSharing:

Fewer things offer more authentic insight into your destination than a homecooked meal in an actual local’s home. Browse the app for upcoming meals that indicate price and cuisine, like a vegan brunch in Berlin, tapas in Madrid, or Swiss fondue in Lucerne. Pay through the app, walk in, and dine with new people.

Raise:

Flying yourself out to another city can put one serious dent in your wallet. Check Raise before you make any purchases to see if there are any available gift cards towards the item or store, which you can redeem straight from your phone. Plus, if you’ve got any gift cards lying around, sell them for cash.

Mindsail:

Sometimes you need a cross between a therapist and best friend when you’re coping with homesickness. Let neuroscientists teach you how to sleep soundly in a bed that isn’t the one you had since childhood, and check in for daily five-minute “mood boosts” to pump you up before a class presentation.

Duolingo

Master any of the app’s 23 foreign languages by practicing with a chatbot, racing against the clock, flipping flashcards or playing multiple choice games. It’s a pretty addictive — and productive — way to immerse yourself in a new culture and get on the locals’ good sides.

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