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  1. I'm thinking about studying overseas for 6 month. Just something different for me and absorb some more xp points. Gotta fill in a form before the end of June for next year's 2nd semester.

    The real issue is which country?? England, France or Canada seems to be the options at the moment. A lot are suggesting I go to Europe but I'll have to ask questions if the uni can provide support like captioning/interpreters and such (I am profoundly deaf after all). England seems to be the easiest option since they can provide sign language interpreters (British sign language is quite similar to Australia's) but captioning is good enough for me as well. I've been in England twice, but I'm not sure whether if that would be adventurous enough, I could do something more different. It's an exciting prospect as I don't really have anything special around here for the time being.

    Any thoughts on which countries to go to? Does anyone have stories they can share on their experiences as an exchange student?

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    2. Joshy

      Joshy

      Thanks all for the helpful responses. :-)

      Partition36 said:

      Have you thought about somewhere in South America? I had a friend from Argentina, and it always sounded like that would be an interesting place to go.

      I haven't really considered going to South America, I'm kinda shying away from that area at the moment. I wouldn't rule out visiting there later on, just not when I'm on a student exchange program I would prefer.

      Kid Airbag said:

      But I can give you a little bit of advice on studying abroad in general. I absolutely would highly recommend Europe. Even though you've been to England before, you can fly from London to almost anywhere on the continent for next-to-nothing with bargain airlines (RyanAir, EasyJet), and stay in hostels (which have a negative connotation for some reason, but if proper research is done before booking, they're almost always a wonderful experience) for a pittance as well, although again, I don't know how much being deaf would hinder ability to communicate at all in foreign languages.

      The U.S. and Canada seem like they would be easiest for you from a communication standpoint, and they have a ton to offer from a tourism standpoint, even without quite the same depth of culture and history as Europe. The only issue is it's a lot more expensive/time-consuming to get around the continent. Do you know where in Canada you would be based? Megabus effectively links Toronto to most of the Northeast and is dirt cheap, but the length of travel required to get most places might eliminate the possibility of one-weekend trips.

      Yeah, people were suggesting Europe mainly because of the cheap travelling fees to various countries. I'm not sure if that was what I had in mind. I plan on backpacking eventually anyway.

      Communication shouldn't be difficult as I can just simply use a notepad and a pen and write shit down, understanding English is hard enough already considering various people cannot even speak well enough in their native english language. Lip-reading is almost a myth I tell you! Heh.

      Also, if I were to go to Canada, it would most likely be in British Columbia, or Vancouver to be exact.

      Mr. T said:

      I came to Japan as a high school exchange student. It was such a great experience I decided to stay.

      Many years later.....Do'h! Bahahahaha :-)

      I've always thought you were originally from Japan. I'll take a stab and assume you were originally from the US?

    3. dew

      dew

      all my friends who exchanged to france were french speaking. france is a true south european country in this regard, the only exception is cyprus, but that'd be a really weird choice. :)

      i studied... scratch that... slacked my ass off in denmark for a semester and it was awesome. try looking at your options in scandinavian countries. even general population speaks english well, at least compared to the rest of europe, and they're all socialist paradises that dump crazy money into all sorts of equalitarian projects, so i wouldn't be surprised if you found something suiting your needs.

      on the other hand, these countries are quite expensive. booze in sweden and finland, public transportation in denmark, heh. i saved a small fortune by cheating the system in copenhagen... we bought 24hr tourist passes, which are plastic cards where you write the date of validity with a marker. which can be erased with a dilutant. who would've resisted? :)

    4. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Joshy said:

      Yeah, people were suggesting Europe mainly because of the cheap travelling fees to various countries. I'm not sure if that was what I had in mind. I plan on backpacking eventually anyway.

      ...

      Also, if I were to go to Canada, it would most likely be in British Columbia, or Vancouver to be exact.


      Well, if traveling around while you're abroad isn't a top priority, and you've been to England before, then Vancouver would be an awesome place to be an exchange student. It's consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the world, and you'll also be really close to Seattle and Victoria, both of which are also great cities. Tons of outdoor activities in close proximity, too.

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