As an international student, you will probably want to create summer schedules a little earlier than your peers – at least a month in advance. Here are some ideas and options of what to do during summer time.
1. Go home: This is the obvious option. Your parents and friends probably miss you very much, and it is time to go back or hang out with everyone.
International airfares can be costly, so I would advise booking tickets at least two months in advance. Before you leave, do not forget to stop by the global student services office to ensure all of your formalities are up-to-date.
It also might be a good plan to call parents and close friends back home and ask what they want you to bring back from the United States – their replies might surprise you.
2. Travel within the U.S.: The United States is an amazing country to travel around. If you are into nature, you can go to beaches across the country and national parks, landmarks and mountains such as the Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon. If you love cities, the possibilities are endless, from San Francisco to New York City.
But you should not risk going out of the country if you have not completed the proper preparation. For instance, when visiting Niagara Falls, you might be drive across the border into Canada. While this might not be a trouble for your travel partners, it could cause you a lot of problem if you had not earlier applied for a Canadian visa.
Unplanned travel might also cause problems when returning to the U.S., depending on what passport you hold or several travel restrictions. Always complete your research before a tour and avoid making impromptu decisions that might result in a bureaucratic nightmare.
3. Find a job and internship: Various schools offer on-campus jobs that you can do over the summer time. You could keep a great deal of funds by spending the summer time in this way, and there are generally people who stick around campus with whom you can hang out.
Near the end of the school time, keep your eye out for ads for on-campus jobs and get a list of them from the career center. Many teachers also look for research helps over the summer, so you can ask if they need help – research jobs often pay quite well.
Another choice, particularly if you are between your junior and senior year, is an internship. By this way, you probably have an idea of what field you would like to go into after graduation. Here you got various companies which provide you internship, Expertsmind is one of them. Having had an internship will create you a more attractive candidate once you graduate and start looking for a job.
Talk to the university career center staff about your interests, and start looking for an internship a few months before the end of the school time. Also ensure to ask the global student services office about formalities you will need to work at an off-campus job.
4. Take a summer course: Various colleges and universities offer summer programs, and this is a great way for you to earn extra credits while staying on campus.
Summer courses generally include particular topics, some of which even offer you a chance to travel with your class. For instance, my alma mater, Colorado College, offered art history courses that took place in Asian and Europe Studies classes that took place in China or Japan.
If money is a problem, see if your school provides each full-time student one free summer class or verify with the department providing the courses and classes about scholarship availability.
Taking a summer courses is also a great way to bond with your fellow students, as the summer is usually a little less busy and you have more time to hang out with one another.