How to finance a language trip

In a world increasingly open to others, learning a foreign language becomes essential. Going on a language trip is undoubtedly the most effective way to learn the language by being in contact with people whose mother tongue is. But it is also an opportunity to travel and discover other cultures and the history of a new country.

I. Ppreparing Your Linguistic Journey

I. Ppreparing Your Linguistic Journey

Going abroad demands above all preparation and organization. To prepare your language trip, you will need both to plan your accommodation, but also to find an organization that provides language courses, while respecting your budget to live comfortably this experience.

A. Choosing a language learning organization

If living in the country in question can sometimes be enough to improve its level and learn the language, to make significant progress it is advisable to take courses. Many organizations offer expatriates courses, according to the level of language and at different rates adapting to the needs of each. Another important point to be aware of is the approval of the organization.

There are two professional federations that manage the validation of organizations: UNOSEL and the National Office of Guarantee of Stays and Linguistic Courses. Each organization belonging to at least one of these two federations is also approved by the Ministry of Tourism, which is a guarantee of quality. Some organizations also benefit from a standard “NF Service”, which ensures the seriousness of the organization before, during and after the language stay.

A language trip has as its main goal to be immersed abroad to improve one’s level in a foreign language. But it is also an opportunity to go around the world without professional hindrance. The possibility of applying for a credit around the world is also an excellent opportunity to visit countries not very accessible, but of great beauty.

B. Find quality accommodation

Going to study a language in a foreign country systematically requires living on the spot. Some language learning organizations can offer you “all inclusive” packages with classes, accommodation and catering. But you can quite find an apartment on your side that suits you. The simplest thing is still to go on site a few days before the start of your courses to visit the available housing. If you like dating, you can choose a hostel accommodation. This type of establishment offers nights in a collective room at prices defying all competition. However you will have to get used to community life in a room with several strangers. But this may be a good choice when you arrive to find an apartment for the long term.

C. How to feed in a foreign country

It all depends on the distance from your home, indeed the more you will go far for your language travel, and the more you will have difficulties to find the products of the daily newspaper. It can even become a real headache if you are looking for a product that you do not yet know the translation into the language of the country. But do not hesitate to discover new products and new culinary dishes, but be careful about the quality of the food. Indeed, while some foreign countries offer as quality food in France, others are a little less straddling the quality of food. The main danger concerns your health because you are not immune to food poisoning. The easiest way is to inform you beforehand of old travelers on the conduct to be held. You can find information through specialized internet forums dealing with the destination of your language travel.

D. Budgeting for Language Travel

Before you decide to leave definitely, you will have to think of establishing a summary budget of all your expenses. By planning your expenses related to the language course, transportation, accommodation or food, you can leave more calmly and be solely focused on learning the language. As part of your budget, do not hesitate to also consider all of your current expenses such as your rent.
Here is an example of a budget for a language trip to England, in London for 4 weeks:

II. Find Funding For Its Linguistic Journey

II. Find Funding For Its Linguistic Journey

If organizing your language trip involves a lot of preparation, the search for funding also takes time. In addition, finding funding is not necessarily easy, but for that we suggest you to guide you in the various financing options available, and in particular to find a travel credit adapted to your project of learning a language.

A. Apply for personal credit

Personal credit has the advantage of being quick and able to cover the full cost of language travel, even over a long period. One of the most profitable points is undoubtedly the speed of demand and the availability of funds. Indeed it is quite possible to apply online for travel credit for his language trip. If the loan is granted by a peer-to-peer credit institution, this is all the more profitable because the rates will generally be lower.

In addition, since the first refund occurs at least 30 days after the funds have been made available, you can leave for your organized language learning trip and start paying back after your return.

B. Funding available as an employee

If you are an employee, you can benefit from the Individual Training Leave (CIF) to be absent from your job and take language training abroad. However, there is a seniority rule to complete since you must have been an employee of this company for at least more than two years. Before applying, pay attention to the fact that the training and language training organization offers you a recognized diploma. In order to obtain the right to use your individual training leave, you will have to fill out a complete file on your training process which must then correspond to one of the following three categories: professional development, personal development or professional retraining.

In case you are a job seeker, you can also apply for funding for your language trip. For this, the easiest way is to make an appointment with your Pasu Employer advisor who can support and follow your request. In addition, this will allow you to train in the practice of a language to find work more easily.

C. Aid from local and European structures

Local structures such as the region, the general council or your town hall can provide financial assistance for a language trip. Do not hesitate to inquire directly with these structures in order to obtain the conditions to obtain such aids. The Family Allowance Fund (CAF) can offer scholarships or holiday vouchers to people who have few resources, they can be used to pay for food and food on site. Check, however, that these are well accepted in the country in which you are going.

On the side of European aid, the Erasmus program can help you find funding, but you will have to register this departure abroad as part of a more comprehensive university exchange course. Indeed to benefit you must be enrolled in a university in France that will have established a partnership with another university in Europe. As far as vocational training is concerned, the Leonardo program offers scholarships in this specific context, but you will have to be already enrolled in a vocational training institution in France.

To conclude…

To conclude...

If you want to go abroad to improve your language skills, the language trip will be perfect. As for the financing of many solutions exist: the personal loan, local aid or funds for vocational training. So you just have to pack your bags and go on an adventure abroad. As more than 20% of those who left, you may even be able to find your soul mate, and in case do not hesitate to apply for a honeymoon credit, in the footsteps of your first encounter.

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