Nowadays our smartphones do all the work for us and they are pretty useful when it comes to new situations. For example, when you study abroad you can need it to find a place to go, a good restaurant…
I found out for you some really great apps so you might want to have a look. I’ve tried some of them and they are so useful you’ll probably not be able to stop using it even when you are back home.
To help you find free wifi wherever you are
To stay in touch with the ones you love
WhatsApp : Many people use it in their daily lives but I think it’s much more useful when you’re abroad and need to stay in touch with people. They’ll need to have the app too of course and you can even create group conversations.
Facebook : Well, who doesn’t know Facebook nowadays? Thanks to Facebook messenger you’ll be able to talk in private with people and thanks to Facebook you’ll be able to see what they are up to and share your daily life.
Skype : What’s better than a phone conversation instead of just writing text messages? Well, a video conversation of course! And thanks to Skype you’ll be able to video chat with one or even several persons.
To help you understand people
Google Translate : Need to know the meaning of a word or a sentence? Google helps you 🙂
The Intepreter : You don’t understand people’s accent? Their way of talking? Or you just need to make yourself understood? Well, this app is perfect as it recognises the voices and is able to translate them. A daily useful tool.
To brag about the amazing places you’ve seen
Instagram : Perfect for those who want to share amazing photos on a social network dedicated to that.
Snapchat : Want to send short videos or photos that’ll only remain a few seconds on your friend’s screen? Then Snapchat is made for you.
My PostCard Photocards : Send postcards of photos you took with your phone camera to the people you love and pay for them online. Fast and easy.
To help you travel
Skyscanner : For those who want to find the cheapest flights.
AirBnb : Hotels are too expensive for your small budget? Then renting a room or even an entire flat to private individuals on AirBnb might be the solution for you. It’s cheaper than staying at hotels and makes you meet new people.
Tripadvisor : What about this restaurant? Is it good or not? Read the opinions(and even photos) of people who went there and discover if you should try it or find another oneto have dinner at.
Uber : Taxis can be really expensive. Find a cheaper solution thanks to Uber. You can book your drive online.
GoogleMap : If you are like me and have no sense of direction, Google Map will help you find your way!
Around Me : Need help finding bars, coffee shops, gas stations, movie theaters, hospitals, hotels and many other places? Around Me is the app for you.
To be careful with your spendings
Money lover : Are you scared to spend too much during your trip? Money Lover is especially here for you to help you keep track of all your expenses.
Do you have any favorite app yourself and do you want to share it with us? Then do it in the commentary section and I might add yours to the list 🙂
-Emilie, Community Manager
France is becoming more and more attractive to international students. Is it its beautiful landscapes, its pastries or its arts? Whatever the reason is, many of you think it will be too expensive to join a School there and want to know more about the Scholarships you can get when studying in France as an international student. So I made some research especially for you and came across different Scholarships that you can get to come study in France. So get ready because here are the most famous ones:
Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
It helps bring the best foreign students in the French higher education institutions for masters and Ph.D. degree programs. It was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those who can get this scholarship will receive an allowance of €1,181 for the Master’s programs and of €1,400 for the Ph.D. program.
Moreover, the return trip, the health insurance, and the cultural activities are included and you can even be eligible for an additional accommodation allowance. Though, you’ll be charged with the tuition fees.
Scholarships offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
French government scholarships are allocated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for studies, training courses and language courses in France.
There is one organism that grants the majority of scholarships and that the students should contact: the SCAC (Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments) in their country of origin in order to get comprehensive information about scholarships, the criteria, the required documents or any other useful information.
ERASMUS Mundus Joint Master Degrees
This scholarship covers the student’s participation costs that are to say :
- tuition fees,
- laboratory costs,
- full insurance coverage
- many other costs related to your participation in the Master.
It also provides the students a contribution to their travel and their installation cost. Plus, it includes a monthly allowance for the entire duration of the program.The requirements are the following: you must have obtained a first higher education degree or an equivalent and live outside of the European Union.
Scholarships offered by Schools
- ENS International Selection Scholarships. This scholarship enables some students to get a monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for three years. Indeed, the “École Normale Supérieure” organizes every year a selection of several international students who seem to be the most promising in order to offer them a scholarship. They’ll have to study Science or Arts & Humanities and follow a three-year Masters Degree at the University.
- Emile Boutmy Scholarships for Non-EU Students at Sciences Po. It has different levels and you can get from 3,000 Euros to 19,000 Euros for the three years. To be eligible, the students have to be first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master’s program.
- Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarship program. If you are applying for a Master’s degree at Grenoble Institute of Technology, you can be offered scholarships for international Master’s degree students. You can get up to 5000 euros per semester (2 terms maximum).
Many other Schools allow the students to get scholarships, so you might have a look at what a School offers. Most of the time, it will depend on your grades and your personality. So make sure to work well during your high school and undergraduate years!
If you want to know about the other scholarships available in France, visit this website.
And if you are looking for other worldwide scholarships, follow our Twitter account that retweets every scholarship offer from all over the world: The Scholarsheep Twitter Account.
So, ready to study in France? 😉 Then make your study abroad wish on our platform!
-Emilie, Community Manager