October 16, 2016

Study abroad and stay connected

According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 80,000 American students study abroad at the college or university level each year. In addition, the number of U.S. students going abroad has increased by roughly 2% annually. What was once considered a luxury has now become an established part of American academic life.

Where do they go?

The majority of U.S. students studying abroad go to Europe with growing numbers going to Asia and Latin America. Nearly 70% of these students are short-term visitors who are enrolled in programs offered by post-secondary U.S. institutions, or special foreign student programs provided by host country institutions.

How to stay connected

For those students traveling abroad staying connected is critical. There are a number of options, but one of the easiest and most flexible is to purchase an international prepaid SIM before making the trip overseas. This provides the student with several key advantages, including:

  • Knowing the phone number before traveling
  • Having voice, text and data service upon arrival
  • Staying connected with friends, family and the university
  • One SIM that works in all of Europe and in over 100 countries
  • Avoiding the need to purchase, activate, and configure multiple SIM cards when traveling and having to advise your contacts about each new number

Before you purchase a SIM for international travel you’ll want to confirm that your phone is unlocked and will function with another operator’s SIM card. Just as important, make sure your phone supports the frequencies of the other operator’s network.

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