Moving to Another Country, Review, Study Abroad, Travel

Opening a new bank account in the UK

I wanted to write this post since people moving abroad have so many choices when it comes to banks. It’s difficult enough when you’re opening a new account in your home country, but opening one in a foreign country as a student can be tricky. I hope by sharing my experience, you can avoid some mistakes and ask questions about any hidden fees instead of relying on the advice of your school’s administration. Remember, this is YOUR money!

When moving abroad, one of the first things you should do is open a bank account. Even if you don’t have a job yet, you can still transfer money over from a non-UK bank. When I moved to the UK, I did not close my US bank account since I knew I would eventually move back after graduation. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to keep a bank account in your home country in case family members are feeling generous and offer to transfer some much-needed money to you!

Lloyds bank credit card
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Getting a PhD, Moving to Another Country, Study Abroad

Top 5 reasons to get a PhD in the UK instead of the US

I previously discussed the many hassles of studying abroad. So, why did I decide to get a PhD in the UK rather than the US? Here are my top 5 reasons.

University of Cambridge UK
Idyllic UK campus

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Getting a PhD, Housing, Moving to Another Country, Study Abroad

Pros & Cons of becoming a student again

Last week I discussed quitting my full-time job to move abroad and get a PhD. In this post, I’ll discuss both the pros and cons of becoming a FT student again after years of working FT.

Considering whether or not to quit my job, applying, and moving abroad were only a few of the concerns I had of becoming a PhD student and studying abroad.

Another concern was the process of mentally adjusting to life as a student again.

University of Cambridge England bikes

This included giving up luxuries such as having my own office as a full-time upper-level professional at a university, renting my own apartment that I could afford on my full-time salary, and having the money to spend on leisurely activities like going to movies, concerts, and eating at nice restaurants.

While these are some cons to becoming a student again, there are plenty of benefits!  Let’s focus on both the pros and cons in more detail.

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Getting a PhD, Moving to Another Country, Study Abroad

Quitting your Full-Time job to move abroad and get a PhD

Have you been working at the same job for over 5 years? Do you love to travel? Are you thinking of going for a PhD? Then this post is for you!

UK Degree Diploma
Quitting a FT job for a PhD means giving up a steady paycheck for another coveted piece of paper

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Moving to Another Country, Packing, Travel

Ready to go abroad? Here's what to pack!

There’s one word that comes to mind when thinking about packing to move to another country: Daunting.

I know the process isn’t a walk in the park so I’ve thought of what worked for me and what didn’t and out came this guide! I hope it will help ease your stress and anxieties and also weed out things you may or may not need.

What to Pack
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Getting a PhD, Moving to Another Country, Study Abroad

What to expect when you apply for the Tier 4 General UK student visa

Let’s be honest, it’s probably a lot cheaper and a lot less of a hassle to find a PhD program in the country you live in. You potentially have to spend money visiting the school, and then there are also the flight, overweight baggage fees, and international student tuition costs to consider.  Even before all of that, there are essential forms you need to fill out to obtain your student visa.  But don’t despair!  It’s a daunting process, but it can be broken down into manageable steps.  This post will hopefully shed some light into this complicated process.

Tier 4 UK Student Visa
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Getting a PhD, Moving to Another Country, Study Abroad

Top 5 reasons to do a PhD abroad

Put simply, I love to travel. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to gain exposure to a new country, new culture, new language, and new people! It can be both exhilarating and intimidating.

Typical UK university

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