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Useful resources

Useful resources and websites for students studying or working abroad.

Types of resource

  • Online resources such as websites, YouTube, audio clips
  • Smartphone, computer and tablet apps
  • Phrase and travel books, dictionaries, audiobooks or digital books
  • Conversations with students who have studied or worked in your destination. Email our Study Abroad Team, Placement Team or MyQuestions on InfoHub for more information.

Websites

  • Global Graduates – information to help you prepare for international experience abroad. Includes 100 reasons to study abroad, an extensive packing list, and blog posts/articles from students who have studied or worked abroad
  • Global Security Centre – a service through UWE Bristol’s insurers providing comprehensive advice on safety and the practicalities of live abroad (currency, business hours, etiquette, public transport). An institutional login is required – username: umal70 Password: 28y64
  • Lonely Planet – a traveller's perspective of the different countries, including practical information and public transportation
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Government travel and consulate advice and information
  • Go International – benefits of studying, working or volunteering abroad, with advice on accessing opportunities and funding
  • STA Travel – lists a huge range of student travel deals
  • AngloInfo – Information and support aimed at English-speaking expats living in particular regions
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) – provides a variety of student discounts in the UK and worldwide and can be purchased through STA travel
  • Travel Blog – blogs written by people living, working and travelling abroad

Country-specific websites

  • The official Tourism Board website of your destination country to find out information about history and culture, things to do and places to visit
  • The airline website for information on duty-free allowances, banned goods etc
  • If you are studying abroad, see whether your host university has its own Student Union membership/discount cards

Language skills

It is always good to learn helpful greetings and phrases before going to a new country. Look up some key phrases online, download an app, buy a dictionary or phrase book and sign up for the UWE Language Exchange in the months before you go.

Language and communication apps

  • DuoLingo – courses created by native speakers, combining gaming with learning
  • Busuu – full courses in 12 languages. Most features require a monthly subscription
  • Babbel – the free version comes with 40 classes and a lot of content – subscription required thereafter. Classes can be downloaded for later offline study

Social language apps

  • HelloTalk – find native speakers and chat with them through voice and text in this WhatsApp-like app. Correct each others messages with an in-built tool
  • HiNative – a question-and-answer community for language learners.
  • TripLingo – designed to make you speak and be understood before a short trip. Phrases for formal and slang contexts. Also features an inbuilt voice translator and the option to call a real translator.

Flashcards and repetition apps

  • Memrise – Good for fun vocabulary practice. Courses are coupled with memes created by the community
  • AnkiApp – Japanese developed app using flashcards to expand your vocabulary
  • TinyCards – bite-sized lessons delivered via a flashcard app

If you’re keen to enhance your language skills abroad, contact your host institution or employer to ask about inductive language classes or local language schools.

Travel apps

Journey planning and mapping

  • City Mapper – detailed journey planner information, including real-time departures for public transport in 30 cities worldwide
  • Maps.me – enables you to download regional or country maps and then use them offline to navigate or plan journeys
  • Rome2Rio – plan cross-country, multi-mode travel with flight, train, bus, ferry, and driving options with estimated travel times and fares
  • Google Trips and Tripit - pull together travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, buses, and hotels bookings etc into one single itinerary

Flight bookings

  • Skyscanner and Kayak – search across travel sites to help you find the best prices for flights
  • Hopper – tells you the best time of the year to book a flight to ensure you get the cheapest deal and sends alerts when your favourite routes go on sale
  • App in the Air – tracks flights and provides info on delays, check-ins, boarding schedules, and baggage arrivals

Finance

  • XE currency app – provides access to live exchange rates. Can be used offline but rates are automatically exchange rates when you have internet
  • Splittr – a platform to share travel costs between friends including opportunities to mix currencies

Culture and events

  • Time Out – a directory of ideas for things to do in cities around the world, including bars, restaurants, attractions and events

Communication

  • Rebtel – Use any kind of phone to call any kind of phone in the world through local lines at cheap rates

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