Can you successfully study while travelling abroad?

Have you ever considered studying while also travelling abroad? You’re in luck – in the era of the digital nomad, anything is possible. Online study methods are becoming increasingly accessible. You can undertake an educational course, qualification or degree from anywhere in the world and you can even virtually complete an online qualification from a country you are not even living in.

Want a law degree from The University of Melbourne in Australia? You can complete your legal coursework material whilst bathing on a beach in Thailand. Prefer a political science course from La Sorbonne in Paris? This too is achievable, right from your hotel room in Sweden. Read on to learn more about how to study successfully while also seeing the world.

How to unlock the digital nomad student lifestyle

Indeed, you can complete a virtual degree from anywhere in the world. All you need is a computer, laptop, iPad, or another compatible electronic device, to access your chosen degree’s coursework materials digitally. As such, there is no reason why you can’t study while travelling at the same time. 

For students who aspire to the life of a digital nomad, online master’s courses are the way to go. These types of postgraduate degrees – when completed as higher education online – can have you qualified in your chosen profession from anywhere in the world. You can even elect to undertake your preferred course on a part-time basis. This then frees up even more of your time to travel. Of course, when studying online, you do still need to be wary of the assignment due dates that will be scattered throughout your course semester. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the course structure outline at the very beginning of your study period. That way, you can arrange to visit the sights, experience local events, and live your best life abroad, on your own time, on your terms.

Complete your degree while seeing the world

The beauty of online study is that there is no need for students to attend any mandatory in-person lectures, compulsory classes, or time-consuming on-campus tutorials. In fact, you don’t even need to show your face or set foot within the walls of your chosen educational facility. As such, you can participate in all of the classes, contribute to the group assessments, and adhere to all the coursework requirements from wherever you like – as long as you have internet to access to all the course materials virtually.

Of course, for this to happen, you will need a laptop or other electronic device that grants you access to the university’s student portal. Often referred to as the university’s ‘intranet’ – a virtual student portal is usually where the coursework materials, course unit guides, exam, assessment and assignment requirements, and other important details will be digitally stored.

Things to be aware of

Of course, when travelling abroad, the temptation to veer off-course can be prevalent. The desire to see it all, experience it all, taste, smell and do it all is, after all, the reason you went travelling in the first place. Nonetheless, you can make online study abroad work. It just takes dedication, prioritisation, and a little sacrifice at times.

Importantly, when studying online abroad, it is essential to stay disciplined when it comes to your study commitment. Indeed, to be a successful online student, you need to learn how to effectively manage your time. Make sure you know exactly when your course exams, assessments, and assignment due dates are. Awareness of submission dates is particularly crucial when contributing to group assessments, as there’s nothing worse than being that hated student that goes awol, is hard to reach, and lets the whole team down. Admittedly, however, individual assignments are equally important, and they are often weighted more heavily in terms of assessment than group efforts. As such, prioritising your personal study workload is vital.

In our digital age, there is no doubt – online study and travel abroad go hand in hand. As long as you have the electronic resources to access the course materials virtually, you are as free as a bird! All it takes is dedication, fantastic time management skills, and of course, prioritisation of your study commitment. With that, you can successfully study online, while also travelling the world.