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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

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for Study Abroad

Tips for Staying on Budget While Abroad

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Follow these tips for staying within your budget while you’re abroad:

  • Restrain spending throughout your stay, but especially immediately upon arrival — focus on necessities
  • Stay within a weekly budget
  • Be aware of the exchange rate throughout your stay and look for better rates when exchanging currency
  • Focus on gathering experiences rather than on the quantity of travel; stay local and get to know your main host city and neighbors more
  • Look out for student discounts and use your host institution student ID card or an international student identity card (ISIC), but research if ISIC will be valuable in host country
  • Save your souvenir buying for towards the end of your stay 
    • You will know how much money remains
    • You will also know what items will be most memorable
  • Choose cheaper excursions or independent side trips

Take advantatge of student discounts

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

isic cardThe ISIC card is the only internationally-recognized student ID which can be used to take advantage of discount offers on travel, accommodation, shopping, and museums. The ISIC can be purchased locally at STA Travel, but search the website first to determine if it will be useful in the places you plan to visit.

Benefits vary widely from country to country. Some students report that they received numerous discounts on museums, tickets, etc., while others report that the discounts were negligible. Europe seems to offer more discounts than other parts of the world.

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Budget Tip!

Talk to study abroad returnees for additional peer-to-peer advice on making study abroad affordable!  Visit the Study Abroad office to connect with people.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-5101 Tel: 619-594-1982 Fax: 619-594-1973 Email: isc.reception@sdsu.edu