Thanks to the advances in technology it has become much easier to keep in touch with friends and loved ones while abroad. Your cell phone provider more than likely has an international plan for calling and data, but whether you want to pay the surcharges is up to you.

Skype is an inexpensive alternate if you are going to have access to a computer and Internet. You can stay in touch computer-to-computer for FREE, or call a phone from your computer for pennies on the dollar.

Cell phones are a good investment to make abroad, and you can generally find a cheap pay-as-you-go phone for under $20. With the pay-as-you-go phones you load up whatever your budget allows as often as you want, and even when you run out of credit people can still reach you. Example: you’re traveling and run out of credit, and can’t load back up for a while – your parents/friends/family can still call you, and it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Email is a preference for many not only because of the obvious communication factors, but because those are conversations and stories you can look back on in retrospect after you return home.

Blogging either in text or video format is becoming more and more popular these days. You can either create your own blog or volunteer to blog via our student blog – we would love to have you on board. By blogging you can share your stories as often as you want, and friends and family (and students interested in the program) can keep up with what you’re experiencing through video, writing and photos.