If you’re in college or about to start, chances are you know a student athlete (or are one yourself!). You might wonder if it’s possible to study abroad as an athlete: yes, it is! There are many opportunities to participate in overseas studies for student-athletes, including programs offered during the year as well as overseas shorter-term seminars. The most important thing to remember is that your shape and your practice or training routines can and will stay the same.
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Of course, there are many schools with athletic teams that are quite supportive of study abroad, so the first thing to do is find out about how your college deals with such situations. It is recommended that you speak with your advisor and coaches early regarding your interest in participating in overseas studies!
When it comes to study abroad programs, there’s a wide array of flexible options, well beyond the common semester-long and the year-long programs. The key is to apply to a college that supports athletes studying abroad. There is information about those options on the NCAA website, among other sources.
Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about practice or condition: just do some research on the European cities and universities you are considering. Most of them have gyms that are accessible to students and that will suit all your needs. Organizations like Global Players can help you stay in shape and their website has a ton of information on everything you might need, from coaches to other athletes, faculties and networks.
As far as practice facilities, check out local parks and community centers. Most countries in Europe love sports and healthy habits, and there’s plenty of choices to practice indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather.
There’s plenty of benefits of practicing sports abroad, as it’s a great way to meet new people that share the same interests as you, and some people are bound to be as competitive as you are about your practice, which will pose a challenge and perhaps new milestones for you.
All of this will ease the transition, both when you arrive at your destination and when you travel back home at the end of your time abroad. As an extra tip, remember that you could even reach out to local teams and see if you could practice with them during your time abroad: it will look great on your background and you might even learn a trick or two!
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